d1 Herland Tribiune: Leon Russell influenced various musicians including local Damon Fowler

The singular Leon Russell, who died today at age 74, impacted musicians from various generations and genres. The Oklahoma native was a famed session musician, bandleader, and hit songwriter before becoming a solo star in the 1970s. Russell enjoyed a late career comeback when he collaborated with Elton John on the 2010 album “The Union.” The following year, Russell was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.” Damon Fowler, while living in a historic cottage in Bradenton Beach, released his 2011 album “Devil Got His Way,” which features mostly originals as well as a cover of Russell’s classic hit “Tight Rope.”

“Devil Got His Way” reached No. 13 on Billboard’s Blues Albums chart and while Fowler is best known as a blues musician, like Russell, he enjoys working in various styles; dividing his time between leading a namesake power trio, playing in blues supergroup Southern Hospitality and serving as co-lead guitarist and singer in co-founding Allman Brother Butch Trucks’ Freight Train Band. “I love Leon Russell,” Fowler says from his home in Lakeland, just a few days before returning to the road with Trucks. “There was just something about his mix between country and gospel and honky tonk, he had a really good recipe for all that stuff, soul and blues, he really put it together seamlessly.” Fowler, a Brandon native, became a fan of Russell at a young age. “My mom was a big Leon Russell fan so that was how I got into him,” the 37-year-old Fowler says. “She was very happy when I got to open for him about 10 years ago at club in Ybor City.”

“His band was good, he sang good, he had both his daughters in his band, it was a great show,” Fowler recalls. Read Entire Article!

bt-logo Damon to play November/December Run with Butch Trucks And The Freight Train Band

Butch Trucks team up with his Freight Train band for a short tour around Florida in late December, including a New Year’s Eve date to close out the year.The former Allman Brothers Band drummer will kick off the dates at the Terra Fermata in Stuart, FL and continue with five straight nights of performances around the state where Trucks spends part of the year and where Gregg and Duane Allman spent some of their formative years. The group will finish off 2016 with a date at the Capital Theatre in Clearwater.

The Freight Train band includes bassist Berry Oakley Jr (son of founding Allmans Band bassist), keyboardist Bruce Katz, guitarist and Trucks’ oldest son Vaylor and Damon Fowler on vocals and guitar.Trucks and the Train have also set up a new website for news, ticketing information and band merchandise, which can be found here. Consult their full tour schedule below.

Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Dates

THU – Nov 17, 2016
Homer, NY @ Center for the Arts

FRI – Nov 18, 2016
Tarrytown, NY @ Tarrytown Music Hall

SAT – Nov 19, 2016
New Hope, PA @ Havana

SUN – Nov 20, 2016
Bethesda, MD @ Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club

TUE – Dec 27, 2016
Stuart, FL @ Terra Fermata

WED – Dec 28, 2016
Boca Raton, FL @ The Funky Biscuit

THU – Dec 29, 2016
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL @ Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

FRI – Dec 30, 2016
Bonita Springs, FL @ Centers for the Arts

SAT – Dec 31, 2016
Clearwater, FL @ Capitol Theatre

TUE – Jan 03, 2017
Atlanta, GA @ City Winery

TampaBay.com: Second Lake House Bluesfest mixes music, fun and charity

Headlining will be Tampa’s homegrown blues guitar aficionado, Damon Fowler. He’s back in town after traveling the United States and five other countries with his own trio, as a member of the blues/Southern rock band Southern Hospitality, and as a guest artist on another friend’s record.

“It’s been fun,” Fowler said of his worldly travels.

But he’s happy to be home to help out.

“Blues for Food — well I think it’s a great deal,” he said. “We’re really excited to be a part if it.”

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Damon Fowler On Mountain Stage

Damon Fowler makes his first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown.

Known as a master of the guitar in and around his hometown of Tampa, Fowler started wowing audiences with his musical exploits as a teenager. He began singing and writing his own music as the years passed, further expanding his repertoire. Fowler has released three albums for the Blind Pig label, including his latest, Sounds of Home.

Produced by swamp-blues master Tab Benoit, Sounds was recorded in Benoit’s rural Louisiana studio, capturing just the right mix of grit and polish. Fowler is backed here by his own Tampa-based trio, including Chuck Riley on bass and drummer James “Big Country” McKnight.

Set List
“Trouble”
“Sounds Of Home”
“Old Fools, Bar Stools & Me”
“Grit My Teeth”

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No Depression: Damon Fowler – Sounds of Home CD Review (Album Review)

You wonder if there might have been a mistake on his birth certificate. The way this guy plays guitar, his given name should have been Demon instead of Damon Fowler.  The fiery guitarist’s slide, dobro and lap steel riffs have been snapping heads around since his ’99 debut, Riverview Drive, produced and played on by legendary rocker Rick Derringer.

But as he has proved with a string of albums for Blind Pig beginning with ’09’s Sugar Shack, Fowler doesn’t need any help getting his message across. 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. His solo gigs with his skin tight power trio have converted rooms full of strangers into a loyal congregation who now attend his services regularly, and his exposure as half of the twin guitar attack (with J.P. Soars) of the newly convened blues supergroup Southern Hospitality and their March 2013 release Easy Livin’ has given him evangelical status among the faithful.

NY Jazz & Blues Society: ROOM WITH A VIEW of the blues

Damon Fowler “Sounds of Home” Blind Pig Records “Sounds of Home” is Damon Fowler’s third cd. A lot has happened since he last released 2011’s “Devil Got His Way” his second on “Blind Pig”. Fowler joined forces with JP Soars and Rufus Wainwright to form “Southern Hospitality”, a bluesy southern rock band. Their first much acclaimed Read the full article…

GratefulWeb.com: Damon Fowler – Sounds Of Home

Recently, I read an online article arguing the inevitable demise of rock music. The writer saw fit to place the blame upon a variety of conditions, from the public unfairly judging bands by their looks (As opposed to their music), to band classifications and whether or not they deserve to be considered “classic”, to the Read the full article…

Music City Blues Society

DAMON FOWLER SOUNDS OF HOME BLIND PIG RECORDS  BPCD 5157 I THOUGHT I HAD IT ALL–SOUNDS OF HOME–TROUBLE– SPARK–OLD FOOLS, BAR STOOLS, AND ME–WHERE I BELONG–GRIT MY TEETH–ALISON–TV MAMA–DO IT FOR THE LOVE–I SHALL NOT BE MOVED Damon Fowler has been a busy young man of late.  As well as spending much of last year Read the full article…

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Twangville.com: Damon Fowler – Sounds of Home

Damon Fowler’s music captures his Southern roots as well as any up-and-coming artist today. A native of Brandon, Florida, Fowler’s sound encompasses swampy soul, blues, country and a measure of rockabilly. For his sixth and latest solo album, Sounds of Home, Fowler enlisted prominent Louisiana blues-rocker Tab Benoit to help produce a tasty helping of Read the full article…