Paul Besselle & Slipdown Dog / Bio

Acoustic music made to make you dance, stomp, cry, shout and scream. Lyrically driven songs, backed by a "tight-as-your-nan" rhythm section.
This is what it would sound like if Black Sabbath had a fight with Neil Young & Bob Dylan, whilst Tom Waits drank whisky in the corner.

Slipdown Dog Biography.

Slipdown Dog is clearly a band that ploughs its own musical path. When asked to describe their sound, this Devon based quartet will just turn, smile and say “Deep Southwest”, a genre which seems to include such styles as country, rock, pop, blues, dance, reggae, funk and jazz.
This formidable blending of styles was recently described in a five star review of the bands first E.P, “the Plough On E.P”.

“Slipdown Dog” is a band of many rarities – it has the ability to craft influences from other artists and transform them into truly ingenious songs.

For the past year, Slipdown Dog have been playing shows all around the Southwest in support of their first recording, The Plough On E.P, wowing crowds and turning heads with their energetic and engaging shows. It doesn’t seem to matter if they’re headlining a festival, supporting a major artist or just playing a small pub, Slipdown Dog always brings the same attentive professionalism to every place they play, armed with a set list of songs, each more captivating than the last, and each one guaranteed to get the venue stomping and singing along. 2012 has already been a busy year for the band, not content with headlining Exmouth festival and playing alongside such greats as The Fun Loving Criminals and K.T Tunstall at Chagstock 2012, the band will release a double A side single entitled: “The Adventures of my Broken Mind and Wounded Heart”, as well as a new E.P. Entitled “Save it for the Pros”.
Slipdown Dog were formed in 2010 by front man, Paul Besselle when he grew tired of playing on his own, as solo artist, and wanted the “oomph” of a band behind him. Quickly enlisting long term musical cohorts Si Paull (ex Ella Edmondson drummer) on percussion and Dave Watts (ex Zubina singer) on bass and vocals. The threepiece gigged around until realising something was missing, that something came in the form of guitar virtuoso Jay O’Connor (ex Seth Lakeman guitarist.) Word, quickly, started to spread about this exciting new band and they were quickly snapped up to support The Martin Harley Band and Cosmo Jarvis.

One night, after a Cosmo Jarvis gig, Cosmo came up to me with an amazed expression on his face and said, “whoa! I didn’t think anyone made music like Undoubtedly their own band, playing their own style which has been forged, deep, in the depths of their souls before exploding toward their audience in a cloud of truth, grace, beauty, and pure down n’ dirty grit.

“Every dog has its day, and it’s certainly the day for Slipdown Dog…”

Slipdown Dog are a bunch of musicians who have been beaten up by life and clawed their way back from hell just to play music together, tough and uncompromisingly honest music that is shot straight from the depths of the soul. This band pull no punches.

General Info

Band Members
Munkey Dog: Vox, Acoustic Guitar. Dave Dog: Bass, Backing Vox. Si Dog: Cajon. Jay Dog: Electric Guitars.
Artist Name
Paul Besselle & Slipdown Dog
Profile Page
Active Since
Alternative / Deep Southwest / Deep Southwest

Contact Info

Exeter, UK

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