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- Southern Hospitality
"Best New Artist Debut" - 2013 Blues Blast Music Award
"A dozen potent shots of pure Southern pleasure. The roughneck, laid-back ways of this fine debut are reminiscent of the best days of Southern rock." - Hittin' the Note
"A delightful brew of Southern roots-rock, Delta-inspired blues, boogie-woogie, and much, much more, Southern Hospitality's Easy Livin, goes down smoother than a mouthful of white lightnin' swigged from a mason jar! " -Blues.About.com
" A compelling mixture of Southern roots music that is equal parts gut-wrenching blues, New Orleans jazz and funk, hot-buttered soul and Jerry Lee Lewis-style piano boogie. Southern Hospitalityoffer a musical thrill ride through the Southland, leaving their imprint on sacred ground trod by the likes of Dr. John, Duane Allman and Dickie Betts, Little Feat and Willie Nelson. "Easy Livin'" is a fitting soundtrack for everything good about the South." - Albany (GA) Herald
"...the debut release from what could become a southern rock supergroup. Easy Livin' is largely a southern rock record flavored with heavy doses of western swing, rockabilly, and old time rock 'n' roll. It is an appealing mixture that works, thanks to the polished songwriting and the way Fowler, Soars, and Wainwright blend their distinctive voices and channel their instrumental virtuosity in service of the songs." -Living Blues
"A rock solid release. Fowler and Soars play as if they have nothing to prove with the result of proving everything. At the level on which these guys operate, genre is irrelevant. They're simply good players playing at the top their game with the unforced relaxed sureness that belies their deceptively hard-earned excellence. " - Vintage Guitar
The South has long been known for its hospitality and down home music. Recently the region has seen the emergence of a musical group of young musicians who are masters of their craft and embody the soul and spirit of Dixie. Or as Blues Revue said, "There's a new entity in the blues world, a diverse, powerful group with enormous potential."
The Band creating all the buzz is called Southern Hospitality, comprised of lap steel guitar master Damon Fowler, guitarist extraordinaire JP Soars, and keyboard wizard Victor Wainwright. With echoes of Muscle Shoals and Macon, these dynamic young sons of Dixie draw on their rich heritage of Southern soul, blues, and rock music to create a fresh translation of Americana and Southern roots music with a modern sensibility. In the words of BluesWax, "Southern Hospitality, after a single gig, has significant players in the blues world taking notice. Fowler, Wainwright and Soars share much love for the songs of the South. The hot jazz and funk of New Orleans, classic country, gospel, soul, and blues that became rock 'n' roll in Memphis and went global by way of a trucker named Elvis."
The three artists are musician's musicians, each bringing his unique style and skill set to the mix. Together, like the Traveling Wilburys, their mutual chemistry, high energy and tuneful talents create a cohesive, vibrant vision of original American roots music.
Damon Fowler is a master of the six string, slide guitar, lap steel and Dobro who's been compared to Johnny Winter and Jeff Beck, while his slide guitar has a hint of the late Duane Allman. JP Soars and his band won the Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge in 2009 and he won the Albert King award as the best guitarist in the competition. A singer/songwriter and guitarist best known for his distinctive gypsy-swing jazz playing with plenty of rock potency, he was nominated this year for a Blues Music Award as the best "Contemporary Blues Male Artist." Memphis-based Victor Wainwright is known for his high-octane boogie piano, big soul sounds, powerhouse blues, and roots rock 'n' roll. Victor was nominated this year for the "Pinetop Perkins Piano Player" Blues Music Award.
The album was produced by best-selling artist Tab Benoit, winner of three Blues Music Awards this year, including the prestigious "B.B. King Entertainer of the Year." Says Tab, “Damon, Victor, and JP are the future of roots music."
4 Mile After Mile
5 Certified Lover
6 Fried Neck Bones and Home Fries
7 Shoestring Budget
8 Don’t Feel Like Going There Today (sample)
9 Come Back Home
11 Don’t Boogie Woogie