Somewhere in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame there is a checklist for what makes a really good band: crunching bass drum, crisp cymbals and rhythmic high hat; solid but fluid driving bass guitar lines; a powerful gravelly, lived-in voice with just the right amount of twisted emotion and humour; and soaring lead guitar work that while spare, plucks at the heart, but is never self indulgent; two-, three- and four-part harmonies that underscore and reinforce the song lyrics.
All of the above packaging just the right songs, in just the right order
Well, Blue Swamp ticked all those boxes and a great many more beside when they appeared at the Craigmore Bowling Club on Saturday, April 19, during the Bute leg of their Scottish tour.
Their hugely enjoyable and danceable set comprised original songs and encompassed elements from a variety of genres, while remaining rooted in the blues. The wonderful four part harmonies and between-song-banter from Mike Bowden all added to the experience that is and always will be Blue Swamp.
* Read the full review of Blue Swamp Band in this week’s Buteman - on sale from Thursday, April 24.