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- Damon Fowler

With his hybrid of roots rock, blues, and sacred steel, Brandon, Florida native Damon Fowler started wowing audiences with his guitar exploits as a teenager, building a reputation as one of the hottest young players on the scene. Adding songwriting and vocal skills to his repertoire over the years has brought him many accolades, with critics extolling his musical prowess and maturity as well as his technical expertise.

Fowler's guitar work has been compared to Johnny Winter and Jeff Beck, while his slide guitar has a hint of the late Duane Allman. He can play fiery guitar with the best of them, but it's his lyrical work on lap steel and Dobro that makes him stand out among the legions of guitar heroes. Damon's Blind Pig debut showcases his soulful blend of Southern rock, swamp blues and lightning slide runs.

"After three self-released albums, Florida native Damon Fowler makes his Blind Pig debut with this notable project. Fowler oscillates between country, electric blues and Americana. He's a formidable slide guitar player, as heard on the uptempo piece "Lonely Blues." He has also mastered lap steel and dobro as well as electric guitar, and his playing throughout the album is deft. Indeed, Fowler may be so skillful that he prefers pickin' tasty to larger-than-life guitar heroics. Fowler wrote nine of the 12 tunes on the album, and his original material is solid. Check his slow burner "I Hope It's Gonna Rain," highlighted by another judicious guitar solo." - Billboard

"Make way for the next big-time guitar slinger, wire-walking Tampa, Fla., native Damon Fowler. This kid (age 29) can play, garnering big raves for his power trio's live shows. Even better, he shows no need to kill you with pyrotechnics on his major-label debut for San Francisco's Blind Pig after three self-produced outings. On "Sugar Shack" (the title track among nine self-penned tunes on the disc -- not the '60s Jimmy Gilmer hit), Fowler drops a few hints that he's capable of Stevie Ray Vaughan-type heroics. But it's all about the songs, an intriguing blend of swamp rock, blues and country. Each of the covers is a treat, including Merle Haggard's "Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down" and Billy Joe Shaver's "I'm Just an Old Chunk of Coal" But the real gem among the three is the Amazing Rhythm Aces' hit "Third Rate Romance," on which Fowler shows his prowess on acoustic and electric guitar, slide, Dobro and lap steel. Producer Scott Cable, a sideman for the late Chicago harpist extraordinaire Carey Bell who helmed the hugely successful Blind Pig sessions of Nappy Brown and Kenny Neal, seems to keep Fowler under a fairly tight leash, so when he does break out, notably on "Sugar Lee" and "Lonely Blues," the "wow" factor is increased." - Chicago Sun-Times

1. Some Fun (sample)
2. VFW
3. I Hope It's Gonna Rain
4. Lonely Blues
5. James (sample)
6. Sugar Lee (sample)
7. Sugar Shack (sample)
8. Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down
9. Third Rate Romance (sample)
10. Wrong Side Of The Road
11. Don't Know Why I Love You
12. I'm Just An Old Chunk Of Coal (sample)


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