|From left: Damon Fowler, JP Soars, Victor Wainwright/Publicity photo|
Blind Pig recording artist and Bradenton Beach resident Damon Fowler has joined forces with fellow Florida guitarist/singer JP Soars and Memphis-based piano man/singer Victor Wainwright for a blues super group, which also includes Fowler's forever bassist Chuck Riley and Soars' drummer Chris Peet.
Dubbed Southern Hospitality, the band of friends and like-minded musicians made its official debut opening for Buddy Guy on August 14 at the Heritage Music Blues Fest in Wheeling, W.Va. The BluesWax photojournalist present called Southern Hospitality’s performance “one of the highlights of a very talented lineup.” YouTube footage confirms (see below).
At the show each frontman sang a couple tunes and the band jammed ‘em out. Fowler took lead vocals on a pair of self-penned originals. He played the party-starting title track off his 2009 Blind Pig debut "Sugar Shack" and the swampy kiss-off of “You Go Your Way” from "Devil Got His Way." “It was really nice,” Fowler said. “It was cool to have two guitar and piano, it really added to the overall texture.”
Complete story (with more videos) I did for Blues Revue's ezine BluesWax.
Official Southern Hospitality tour dates:
11/19/2011 CAPE CORAL FL SOUTHWEST FLORIDA BLUES FESTIVAL
1/18/2012 PENSACOLA BEACH FL PARADISE GRILL
1/21/2012 FORT LAUDERDALE FL LEGENDARY RHYTHM & BLUES PRE-CRUISE PARTY
1/21/2012 SEBASTIAN FL SEBASTIAN RIVER ART FAIR
1/22/2012 SEBASTIAN FL EARLS HIDEAWAY
1/23/2012 JUPITER FL CHEF JOHNS
1/26/2012 DELRAY BEACH FL THE BACK ROOM
1/28/2012 SEBASTIAN FL TBA
Southern Hospitality website.