this review was featured in Sing Out! Magazine
Beaucoup Blue, with apologies to Ringo, is the Philadelphia based guitar playing father and son duo of David and Adrian Mowry. The two have been performing their acoustic, blues based folk music up and down the Eastern Seaboard since Adrian was a teenager. Joined here by concordant drummer, percussionist and harmonica player Jim Salamone, the pair soulfully mix up eight top notch originals with inventive, distinctively styled covers of songs by Benny Goodman (a delightfully finger picker “Stompin’ at the Savoy”), blues singers John Lee Hooker and Elmore James, Tony Joe White (the most dolorous version of “Rainy Night in Georgia” you’ll ever hear) and Kid Ory.
Throughout, their voices work superbly together, frequently attaining a mesmeric panache that must be thrilling to view in person, while their fret board and arranging skills are evident immediately. Three originals that close the album are particularly illustrative. A melodic, dream-like confessional, “Heartache On Horizon”, is followed by the Dylanesque “I Surrender” (a notesabounding journey of tempos, tones and feelings) and the lyrical, slowly unwinding title song, about hard times, flashes of starlight and the ongoing search for peace and understanding. Also peerless are the pair’s deceptively easy going treatment of the traditional “Make Me a Pallet On Your Floor”, with mellow, inter-locking slide and fingerpicked asides and David’s passionately swaggering vocal, and yet another Mowry composition – the bluesy, harmonica – enhanced “I Heard Gabriel Singing”.
Beaucoup Blue is a versatile, imaginative team that has something to say and say it with an adventurous sense of personality from the bottom of their hearts.