Review: Mike Bowden & Luke Shaw – Dinners And The Dog

Posted on: Thursday, Sep 10, 2015

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Review for MIKE BOWDEN & LUKE SHAW – CD – ‘Dinners And The Dog’ – 2015 – Self Release

Bringing together two class blues masters on this acoustic album ‘Dinners And The Dog’.

Singer songwriter, Mike Bowden – the larger than life character from the renowned band Blue Swamp – on acoustic guitar and vocals and Luke ‘Junkhouse Dog’ Shaw – harmonica player extraordinaire from The Junkhouse Dog Blues Band – on harmonica. All the tracks on the album are self penned.

The music on this album crosses from the ‘blues’ to ‘Americana’. Kicking off in the true Bowden style, with ‘Holding On’, where guitar and harmonica meet perfectly. A slow number next, ‘Perfect Blues’ with that Americana feel.

‘Hellhound’ is a classic harp driven blues, played to perfection by Luke. With haunting harmonica on ‘You’re My Disease’, a slow blues, followed by ‘When I Dream’, an upbeat number with harp and guitar working perfectly together.

Making the harmonica sound like a cello is no mean feat, but this Luke did on ‘Two Cigarettes’, a melancholy tune. Some brilliant guitar work on ‘New Job’, a blues with great lyrics. A slow blues next with ‘Scratch Face Lane’, then excellent harp on ‘Talking Dog’.

The penultimate track, ‘Stumble And Fall’ has interesting backing vocals and leans towards Americana. The final and bonus track is ‘Pittenween’, which takes you down to the sea, with just piano and guitar is a great atmospheric end to an excellent album.

Keeping the album simple worked well with Mike’s distinctive voice and excellent acoustic guitar playing. This was all tied together with the magic harmonica playing of the hidden gem, Luke Shaw. Some great lyrics throughout in the true Bowden style. A relaxed and easy listen.

Rosy Greer – Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer

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