|Nitro (left) and Sarasota Slim|
Philip "Nitro" Bozeman has been lauded as a true, Chicago bluesman. He sings and plays harp in the old style — think Jimmy Reed or Junior Wells — delivering the kind of sizzling shuffles that prompt shaking all over the dance floor late into the night. Nitro has been a beloved Tampa Bay area blues fixture for more than two decades.
Gene "Sarasota Slim" Hardage plays a variety of roots-based music all with a blues emphasis. He started as a sideman for the late, great singer/blues harpist Rock Bottom in the 1980s before fronting his own act. Slim has also toured with acclaimed guitar slinger Lucky Peterson and plans to release new record in the near future.
|Sarasota Slim and Nitro performing at St. Petersburg Folk Fest 2009|
Nitro and Slim met at a juke joint about 25 years ago and became blues friends on the spot. Each have their own bands and schedules but when the blue moon is right Nitro and Slim team up, as will be the case for tonight's "Sugar Shack Mondays" webcast, which streams live starting at 8 p.m. tonigth at Ace's in Bradenton.
|Damon Fowler at "Sugar Shack Mondays" Jan. 10. Photo by Tracy May.|
Incidentally, when midnight strikes, it will mark the release of Fowler's "Devil Got His Way" (click link for samples). It's the Bradenton Beach resident's highly anticipated second album for Blind Pig Records. Fowler's 2009 debut for the label, "Sugar Shack," reached No. 12 on Billboard's Top Blues Album chart. "Devil Got His Way" is already reviewing glowing reviews such as this one by the nation's top Americana publication No Depression.
|"Devil Got His Way" out Jan. 18. Click to order.|
Here's how "Sugar Shack Mondays" operates:
Fowler and I introduce Nitro and Slim, who then play for about an hour. Following the performance, I interview Nitro and Slim plus throw a few questions at my friend Fowler, who I've known now for about a decade. That’s when the webcast ends. But not the event, which, is free. After the cameras are turned off, the Damon Fowler Group performs a few songs and then jams with Nitro and Slim and perhaps some other musicians who have been invited in advance.
|Fowler (left) with Kach at "Sugar Shack Mondays." Photo by Tracy May.|
Last week, our special guest was Mike Kach, keyboardist/singer with Dickey Betts & Great Southern.
Click to watch Jan. 10 "Sugar Shack Mondays" featuring special guest Mike Kach performing with Damon Fowler Group.
Check out "Sugar Shack Mondays" on Facebook for more pictures and updates here, here and here.
|"Sugar Shack Mondays" Jan. 3, 2011/Photo by Tracy May|
Damon Fowler's "Sugar Shack Mondays"
Showcasing the best in touring talent
8 p.m. Mon., Jan. 17 with special guests:
Nitro Bozeman and Sarasota Slim
Ace's, 4343 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton
WATCH "SUGAR SHACK MONDAYS" JAN. 17, 2011:
Intro by Damon Fowler and Wade Tatangelo
Sarasota Slim and Dave Friebolin (piano) with Damon Fowler Group
Interview with Sarasota Slim, Dave Friebolin and Damon Fowler by Wade Tatangelo