Advertising Console

    Dean Owens 'The Night Johnny Cash Played San Quentin'

    Phil Penman

    by Phil Penman

    Taken from the album ‘Cash Back – Songs I Learned From Johnny’ - Dean’s own personal tribute to the late, great Johnny Cash, and the powerful influence Cash has had on his own song-writing and performance.

    'The Night Johnny Cash Played San Quentin' is an original song by Dean Owens that seamlessly evokes the spirit of Cash at his legendary peak.

    The album isn’t a simple re-tread of cover versions of Cash songs. A number of the songs on the album were written by others, but Cash brought then to life in his own style. Owens is not a ‘tribute act’ – his recording career began in the acclaimed band ‘The Felsons’ before going solo in 2001. There have been 4 studio albums of his own material in the last decade. This is a special project for Dean. A labour of love.

    “A quiet little gem of an album” (Sunday Times)

    “A well produced record in every sense” (Scotland On Sunday)

    “I’m sure that Johnny would have been proud” (No Depression)

    “Essential” (Ralph McLean, BBC Radio Ulster)

    “You don’t even have to love Johnny to love this” (Ricky Ross, BBC Radio Scotland)

    “A well-rounded, beautifully played ad engaging set of songs” (

    “A fitting tribute and a wonderfully executed project” (Spiral Earth)

    “A wonderful tribute” (Barry Marshall-Everitt, House Of Mercy Radio)

    “one of our best songwriters and contemporary country voices shows his true class as an interpreter of song” (Rob Ellen, The Medicine Show)

    “This is not your every day Johnny Cash tribute record. Dean Owens takes a few of the Cash standards, along with a bigger group of delightfully unexpected choices from Johnny's catalog, and sings them in his sweet tenor and plays them with a lot of Scottish soul. I was lucky enough to get to play and sing on this cool record” (Will Kimbrough)