At bit of background...I read...
"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. With an uncanny ability to make all the flavors of American roots music uniquely his own, combined with his remarkable songwriting skills and vocal expressiveness, he has crafted a compelling hybrid style of roots rock, blues, and lap steel.
Born and raised in Brandon, Florida, Damon Fowler first picked up the guitar at the age of twelve, quickly developing an affinity for the instrument. A natural, in the ensuing years he became a master of the six string guitar, while developing a powerful command of the lap-steel, dobro, and slide guitars as well. He also fell in love with the blues, and he was soon gigging regularly in small clubs in the Tampa Bay area.
In 1999 he recorded his first album, produced by Rick Derringer. He subsequently self-released two other albums, with all three earning accolades from blues critics. In 2008's "Best of Tampa" poll, Creative Loafing magazine named him "Best Guitarist... And Slide Guitarist... and Lap Steel Player... And Dobro Player."
In 2009 he released his Blind Pig debut, Sugar Shack, his fourth album prompting the Chicago Sun-Times to proclaim, "Make way for the next big-time guitar slinger," while Billboard observed, "He's a formidable slide guitar player."
Damon's original compositions pair perfectly with well-chosen cover tunes from Billy Joe Shaver, Merle Haggard, and the Amazing Rhythm Aces.
"Some Fun" shows off Fowler's acoustic side, "I Hope It's Gonna Rain" is a fatalistic, slow blues ballad, "Wrong Side of the Road" has a slight reggae feel to the rhythm guitar while still remaining bluesy, "James," an R&B ballad, tells the story of a guy whose life is a long road of suffering and pain,and the title track is a swampy jam that tells the story of an after-hours club where everything is for sale. Just a few of the great tunes on this great CD.
Scott Key...drums, drum
Damon Fowler...vocals, guitar
Scott Cable...acoustic guitar, tambourine
Brian Leach...recorder, background vocals
Chuck Riley...bass instrument, background vocals
He can play fiery guitar runs with the best of them, but it's his lyrical work on lap steel and Dobro that makes him stand out among the legions of guitar heroes.
Catching someone like Damon on their way up is a refreshing experience, 5 stars easily.