Recommended Music: Damon Fowler

Posted by Greg on Mar 27, 2019 in Florida/Long Island, Music |

Stumbling upon a first-rate blues guitarist can be a revelatory experience. Stumbling across said musician in one of the most unique live music venues in the state of Florida, makes the experience that much more spellbinding.

So it was this past weekend, that the SITH blog found itself inside Tallahassee’s iconic Bradfordville Blues Club, an engaging landmark of old Florida that absolutely needs to be seen to be fully understood. The headliner for the night was Lakeland’s Damon Fowler, an in-demand blues guitarist who has performed alongside Dickie Betts and Butch Trucks, and continues to be an in-demand session songwriter. His latest album, The Whiskey Bayou Session, features 11 songs, most of them co-written by Fowler and virtuoso Tab Benoit.

Fowler’s opening set featured three songs from The Whiskey Bayou Session, as well as a heavy dose of covers. Lead single “It Came Out of Nowhere” opened the show and was equal parts hooky, indelible and deeply rewarding. Fowler dug into the vault as well, performing the vibey “Fruit Stand Lady” and the near-perfect ballad “I Hope It’s Gonna Rain.” As for the covers, his slide guitar was first-rate on the Little Walter jaunt “Up the Line” while his take on “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” and “Chain of Fools,” both made popular by Aretha Franklin were in a word: mesmerizing. As much as Fowler remains the focal point, equal credit should be doled out to bassist Chuck Riley and drummer Justin Headley, for so fluidly keeping in lockstep. After a quick set break, Fowler returned to the stage, playing near midnight and delivering more first-rate blues.

Now eight albums into his career and in his third decade creating authentic blues music, Fowler seems more than ready for his close-up. Here’s to hoping exactly that happens. And if he’s playing near your town, you darn well better see him.


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