Christopher Owens has just released a new song called 'America', a plaintive, hopeful number. It's not trying to do anything new, but that's what makes it so lovely – it's simple; just storytelling with a finger-picked acoustic guitar skipping through homely progressions, nuanced with the almost rustic, antique even, sound of guitar playing: the fingers as they slide across the strings, the physical touch of nail on string, the wood of the guitar's body itself.

The latest song to arrive since his recent album, A New Testament, it was written "the months before Christopher left Slovenia to move to America for the first time at the age of 16, while he was busking to raise money for his plane ticket." It's a romantic story, and one made all the more romantic in the simplistic way in which it has been communicated to his audience, to us, to me – what with its catchy melodies and lilting, seemingly faraway vocals, as well.

He's heading out on a mini UK tour, starting tonight in Liverpool (dates below).

Also: We interviewed the creative force that is Christopher Owens earlier this year, have a look-see.

  • Christopher Owens November tour dates:
  • Sat 15th – University Guild of Students, LIVERPOOL
  • Sun 16th – Stereo, GLASGOW
  • Mon 17th – The Deaf Institute, MANCHESTER
  • Tues 18th – The Lantern, BRISTOL
  • Wed 19th – Islington Assembly Hall, LONDON