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Showing posts with label Sounds Of Home. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sounds Of Home. Show all posts

Monday, May 5, 2014

"Old Fools, Bar Stools, and Me" - new roots guitar guru video

Blind Pig Records has just released a video of the Damon Fowler Band performing a live version of “Old Fools, Bar Stools, and Me,” a track from their highly-acclaimed new release, Sounds of Home.
Typical is this quote from Blues Music Magazine, "Fowler simply has never played better, showing off a notable control while continually stirring in new elements of Americana, R&B, and grease-popping soul."
And here are some quotes about the song:
“Fueled by a reverberating, quaking dirge, ‘Old Fools, Bar Stools, And Me’ tells of a liquored-up loser aware of consequences and regret but unable to avoid either.  This is a common blues theme struck in an uncommon, chilling way.”  - Hittin’ the Note
“This one is a slower song with some shimmering guitar but it is the combination of Damon’s wistful vocal and the title chorus that gives it that country feel.”  - Blues Blast
“Leans on a decidedly Merle Haggard-inspired lyrical imagery while chasing a Doyle Bramhall-style confidence.”   - Living Blues
To watch the video, please click HERE.
For more info, or to purchase the CD, please click HEREFor digital downloads of Sounds of Home, please visit iTunes HERE.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Damon Fowler CD debuts on Billboard chart!
 New Damon Fowler Release Critically Acclaimed   "Sounds of Home" the new Blind Pig release from roots guitar guru Damon Fowler, debuted this week at #12 on the Billboard blues chart!
Damon chose swamp blues master Tab Benoit to produce the album at Tab's rural Louisiana home studio, and their collaboration has resulted in Damon's strongest effort to date.  Damon has spent much of the last year touring with the critically-acclaimed group Southern Hospitality, whose Easy Livin' Blind Pig release was also produced by Tab.

Americana publication No Depression said of Sounds of Home, "A blend of sacred steel, backwater blues and howling, greasy swamp rock, Fowler's music is a primal, atavistic sound that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up.  Fowler is that rare artist whose studio recordings pack as much of a wallop as his live shows. This one will pin your ears back and track swamp fonk all over the place."
USA Today said, "Fowler nails the region's bluesy, easy-rocking, gospel-tinged sound. The covers are well-chosen, but Fowler's orginals and nimble guitar work are the reasons to visit." Last week Damon and his band played a live set to a standing ovation on the national radio "Mountain Stage" program that will be broadcast at the end of April.  This week he'll be stopping by the New York City offices of Relix magazine for an video interview and feature.

The group is just beginning a national tour in

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Roots guitar guru Damon Fowler finishes new CD with Tab Benoit
Roots guitar guru Damon Fowler has just finished recording his third solo project for Blind Pig Records, after spending much of the past year touring with the band Southern Hospitality.  Entitled Sounds of Home, the album is scheduled for a late January 2014 release.  It was produced by award-winning swamp blues master Tab Benoit at his Whiskey Bayou Studio in rural Houma, Louisiana. 

Damon decided to join forces again with Benoit, who produced the critically acclaimed Southern Hospitality album at the same location.   That CD, Easy Livin', was just named the winner of the 2013 Blues Blast Music Award for "Best New Artist Debut."  On Sounds of Home, Tab sings background vocals on several tracks and contributes pedal steel and acoustic guitar on others, while Big Chief Monk Boudreaux is a special guest on the title track.
Damon found working with Tab a "great experience."  They play lap steel and pedal steel guitar respectively, and they share a love and affinity for the marvelous mixture of down home sounds prevalent on the Gulf Coast.   "We speak the same language," as Damon put it.   Their collaboration has resulted in Damon's strongest effort to date.
Reflecting the laid back atmosphere of the setting and surrounding area, Damon felt very comfortable in the studio and "the creative process was cool," according to Damon.   Tab and Damon worked out the material together.  "We have the same tastes in songs so it was easy to communicate," said Fowler.  He also enjoyed the fact that they came into the studio with just "skeletons" of songs rather than fully finished pieces.   "We just wanted to see where the spirit of the moment took us," says Fowler. "The older I get, the more I would like to bring positivity into it, so I tried to write more positive songs for this record, and you can feel it in the spirit of the record.  I'm really proud of it." 
Damon says the title of the album sums up the spirit and approach of the project. While his music is deeply rooted in the blues, it's also strongly tinged with country, rock, and roots music. Growing up in Florida, Damon was exposed to, and influenced by, the variety of roots music styles popular in the Gulf Coast - country, swamp blues, rock, old-timey, sacred steel, soul, and Latin.
Guitar Player called Fowler, a master of slide guitar, lap steel, and dobro,  "one of the swampiest guitar pickers to emerge from the humid Southeast since Lightnin' Slim and Tony Joe White," while Hittin' the Note magazine said,  "Damon Fowler has become one soul-oozin', rock 'n' rollin', swamp stalkin' blue monster of a talent."   Sounds of Home takes the listener on a tour through the rich traditions of American roots music, presented by one of its foremost practitioners.