Dean Owens, featuring Will Kimbrough and Neilson Hubbard – Pictures -Credits
Dean does all the lead vocals and rhythm acoustic guitars, plus some Nashville high strung guitar, whistling and backing vocals
Will plays every other stringed instrument on the record, with the exception of the violin on Dalry Cemetery, which is played by Amy Geddes. Will also plays piano on Dalry Cemetery and does backing vocals
Neilson plays drums, percussion, piano, organ, other incidental keyboards and does backing vocals
Scotty Huff played the brass parts on Boxing Shorts
All songs were written by Dean Owens
Pictures was produced by Neilson Hubbard and Dean Owens
Dean was recorded by Garry Boyle at Slate Room Studios in East Lothian, Scotland
Will and Neilson were recorded by Dylan Alldredge at Skinny Elephant in East Nashville, USA
The final collected recordings were mixed by Neilson and Dylan
Mastered by Jim Demain at Yes Master in Nashville
Artwork by James Morrison
This album was such a joy to make, during some very difficult times. From East Lothian to East Nashville.
This very much feels like a band record to me. Although we weren’t able to be together in the same room physically, I feel we were very much connected by our hearts and souls. I love working with Will and Neilson and I think this really comes across on this record.
I’d like to dedicate this album to my dear old pal David ‘DD’ Donaldson. A better friend I never knew.
Dean Owens, The Scottish Borders, September 2023
I've gotten to work with Dean for almost a decade now making art together. We explored themes from his homeland in Scotland and the gothic vibe of the American south.... We even got in a van and drove into the Southwestern desert and made a record outside exploring the themes of migration through the Native American history. The one constant in all of these journeys has been a voice. A voice that feels so effortless and so pure. It has reverberated in my studio in Nashville and it has echoed in the canyons of New Mexico. Dean's voice hangs in the air like a bird flying majestically through the sky. It's the thing that always stops me in my tracks after hearing one note. It's the thing that makes me say "yes I'm in" each time a new project is conjured.
This new record is no different. Even making a record separated by an ocean and a virus was still something I wanted to be a part of. These songs are some of Dean's most personal, and in my opinion, some of his best. The logistics were different. Dean recorded his vocal and acoustic in Scotland. He even added a couple of choice parts and harmonies. Will Kimbrough and I were in Nashville and played to those tracks Dean sent for a few days in the studio. Dean zoomed in of course. It's not our normal journey, but we were able to create the same energy and feel of those other records..... and find the unique soul for this record. It still has the personality, it still has the heart, it still has that voice.
I'm thankful I've gotten to be a part of Dean's music this last decade. This is a special record.
Neilson Hubbard, September 2023
released November 23, 2023