Friday, November 16, 2012

Bradenton's Damon Fowler and his Southern Hospitality group signs with Blind Pig: interview

Bradenton Beach resident Damon Fowler (guitar, vocals), JP Soars (guitar, vocals) and Victor Wainwright (keyboards, vocals) shook up the blues world last year when they formed the super group Southern Hospitality, which performs at the debut Bradenton Blues Festival Dec. 1 on Riverwalk.

Blues label Blind Pig Records, which has issued albums by everyone from Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy to Fowler's recent solo releases, announced today the signing of Southern Hospitality.

"I really like playing with JP and Victor and am very excited about the project," Fowler said by phone from his home in Bradenton Beach. "It's come together for a really nice blend. The last tour in August was very musically satisfying."

The trio is rounded out by Fowler’s forever bassist Chuck Riley and Soars’s drummer Chris Peet. Southern Hospitality recorded a demo together in August at Tony's Treasures in Cadiz, Ohio. They jammed on originals and the Jerry Lee Lewis classic "Don't Boogie Woogie (When You Say Your Prayers)," Fowler said.

Tab Benoit, winner of three Blues Music Awards this year including the prestigious "B.B. King Entertainer of the Year," will produce Southern Hospitality's debut album, which is expected to include originals by all three chief members. Recording is set to begin during Thanksgiving week at the Whiskey Bayou Studio in Houma, La.

"Tab is at the top of his game," Fowler said. "He's an awesome singer with great taste in music who I feel we can connect with and all speak the same (musical) language and come out with a great record."

—Publicity photo of of Southern Hospitality (from left): Damon Fowler, JP Soars, Victor Wainwright.

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