Been Around a While
Dalannah and Owen
Quest Records QST-009
Vocalist Dalannah Gail Bowen and bass guitarist Owen Owen Owen (also know as Owen Veber) originally came together to play for the White Rock Blues Society International Blues Challenge for British Columbia in July of 2014. From there they won the right to compete in Memphis in the 2015 International Blues Challenge, which showcases about 125 acts from around the world. They were the first BC musicians to be chosen as finalists in the Challenge and they were both inducted as Master Blues Artists in the Blues Hall of Fame this year.
Although vocals and bass sounds like a minimal combination, Bowen has a forceful delivery and Owen plays a seven string bass. The extended range of his bass allows him to play higher register melodies and complex chords amongst other things, so he can be both a lead and rhythm instrument at the same time.
Five of the tracks are blues standards and they dig deep from the repertoire of Son House, Robert Johnson and B.B. King. Two of these blues standards were originally composed for big bands; Early in the Morning was first released by Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five in 1947, while Blues Mother of Sin was recorded by Billy Eckstine with the Count Basie Orchestra in 1959. It is worth listening to the originals to appreciate the real talent it takes to render these as duets. There are also five original compositions and a cover of Marvin Gaye’s Inner City Blues. Four of the tracks, all original compositions and including the title track, are available to listen to in full on their website under the EPK button.