(a portion of this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly)
Just take a peak at the the video above (and below) and you already know. You will be in for a top-notch acoustic showcase when bottleneck blues and ragtime finger-style guitarist Mike Dowling, mandolinist Ben Winship, and bassist/guitarist Phil Round roll into Dornan’s Spur Bar for a two-night run along the banks of the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park. The veteran trio of fine singers and instrumentalists initiated their debut shows together during a pair of shows last year around the same time.
“This won’t be the Mike Dowling repertoire with the addition of Ben and Phil,” Dowling said before last year’s show. “We’ll be doing some special things like taking advantage of trio singing and playing some instrumentals. The hardest thing is just pairing down the grand songlist that we all have together. We’re all coming from the same place in terms of the music that we appreciate.”
Dowling and Winship are songwriters and historians of sorts—each enthusiastic for digging up obscure gems from vinyl and field recordings and then arranging them to suit a performance. Winship and Round are former band members in bluegrass outfit Loose Ties, while Winship recorded a Mike Dowling instrumental at his Henhouse Studio that went on to be on the Grammy-winning album, Henry Mancini: Pink Guitar. And that’s just the beginning of the roots that these fellas weave together. Also, Winship also has a great new roots album with his duo Growling Old Men titled Chicken Feed & Baling Twine, encompassing “new, old and obscure material.”
This will all surely factor into the playlist, but sky is the limit when it comes to the genres these fellas have been known to embrace—blues, swing, fandango, bluegrass, folk, ragtime, and jazz. Mike Dowling, Ben Winship and Phil Round, 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday (Dec. 10-11) at Dornan’s in Moose. Tickets are $20, available at Valley Bookstore and Dornan’s. 733-2415.