Five Firsts: David & Adrian Mowry of Beaucoup Blue

July 14th, 2011, 12:00 pm by Greg
Beaucoup Blue

Beaucoup Blue

NAME: Adrian Mowry, David Mowry
INSTRUMENT: Resonator guitar, six & twelve string guitar

David: Probably “Scarlet Ribbons” by Harry Belafonte
Adrian: Led Zeppelin “IV.” I think I was around 11 or 12 years old. It really intrigued me and scared me at the same time, and, of course, like most teenagers at the time I tried to learn “Stairway To Heaven” on the guitar. Now I can’t even listen to the song.

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LIVE: Beaucoup Blue @ Caffe Lena, 1/15/10

January 21st, 2010, 1:05 pm by Greg

Nationally touring in support of “Free to Fall,” Beaucoup Blue‘s third indie-release, the father-and-son team of David and Adrian Mowry, rolled into Saratoga Springs’ Caffe Lena to present an exceptional evening of roots-based Americana music.

Whether singing and playing acoustic blues, country, bluegrass, folk songs, jazzy R&B or ’60s soul, the Philadelphia-based duo made it all sound so authentically timeless.

David’s percussive approach to the acoustic guitar and his screaming-slide virtuosity on the resonator guitar blended perfectly with his son Adrian’s more melodic and intricate finger-picking style.

On every style of music, their voices smoothly complemented each other – Adrian’s mid-tones soaring into the alto register while his father’s more soulful-bluesy tenor reached down into the lower notes.

That night at Caffe Lena singer-songwriter Trina Hamlin opened the show with her emotionally charged and blues-drentched vocal delivery of a half-dozen originals. And weilding a harmonica, she also joined Beaucoup Blue on for a turbo-charged encore in front of a packed house.

Photographs and review by Andrzej Pilarczyk

CD: Beaucoup Blue’s “Free to Fall”

January 14th, 2010, 2:02 pm by Greg

Beaucoup Blue: Free To Fall(Beaucoup Blue, 2009):

The father-and-son combo certainly ain’t your standard musical line-up, but this generation gap-spanning twosome of guitarist-vocalists David and Adrian Mowry is probably the coolest dad-son duo since the Spanic Boys first fired up their guitars.

Though rooted in the blues, these Philly-based acoustic guys are by no means traditionalists. They’ve amped up their sound on this, their third album, with a rhythm section – upright bass, drums and on a couple of tunes keyboards, too.

They also feature some special guests, including jazz-pop vocalist Melody Gardot (who chimes in on the slinky soul ballad, “Bluer Than the Midnight Sky”) and Americana trio Red Molly (on the pointed “Oh America” and the CD’s Fats Domino-inspired New Orleans R&B-styled title track).

Despite some first-rate contributions, the Mowrys are the heart ‘n’ soul of this disc. Not just because they penned all of the fine tunes here (well, OK, they adapted the classic “Hestitation Blues”), but because their sublime vocals give them a whole-is-greater-than-the-sum-of-its-parts full sound. And dad David’s slide guitar work is simply superb throughout.

Beaucoup Blue slides into Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs at 8pm Friday (January 15).

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