Sounds Of Home
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After spending much of the past year touring with the band Southern Hospitality, Damon Fowler is back with his third solo project for Blind Pig Records, Sounds of Home. Damon chose swamp blues master Tab Benoit to produce and record him at Tab's rural Louisiana home studio, and their collaboration has resulted in Damon's strongest effort to date. The tension between his measured, laid-back vocal delivery and the hallmark intensity of his guitar virtuosity has never been keener, and the stories told in his songwriting here - sometimes in collaboration with long-time writing partner Ed Wright and Benoit - exhibit a combination of depth, grace and humor very few of his contemporaries can match.
Damon sets the standard for what is to come on the first track, 'Thought I Had It All.' It's an introspective, brooding tale shot through with razor sharp, frenetic guitar leads. Other songs like the title cut and 'Where I Belong' flow in an easy Southern groove. Damon offers up two covers, peppering Johnny Winter's 'TV Mama' with slithering slide guitar runs, and doing a great version of Elvis Costello's 'Alison.' The country tinged 'Old Fools, Bar Stools, And Me' offers a poignant take on a familiar theme. 'Do It for The Love' is a sweetly contemplative ballad featuring the lyrical counterpoint of Damon's lead guitar and Tab's pedal steel. The album closes with an inspired, finger-picked rendition of the traditional gospel song, 'I Shall Not Be Moved.' As with Damon's legendary live performances, Sounds of Home takes the listener on a tour through the rich traditions of American roots music, presented by one of its foremost practitioners.
Alongside his solo career, Damon joined forces with fellow guitarist JP Soars and keyboardist Victor Wainwright in 2011 to form the southern roots rock group, Southern Hospitality. SoHo quickly became a strong draw on the national circuit due to their early, roof-raising live performances and their first recording, Easy Livin', on Blind Pig. Damon has neatly managed to balance his participation in SoHo with his own well-established solo endeavors.
|Primary Format - Music||CD|
|Label||Only Blues Music|
|Music Genre Primary||Blues & Roots|