Damon Fowler was born and raised a few miles east of Tampa. He first picked up the guitar when he was twelve; and has also mastered both the Dobro and lap steel. Fowler released his debut recording “Riverview Drive”, produced by Rick Derringer, in 1999. Two more independently released albums followed before signing with Blind Pig Records in 2007; releasing three more albums, the last being 2014’s “Sounds of Home” produced by Tab Benoit.
In 2011, Fowler had previously teamed up with JP Soars, Victor Wainwright, Chris Peet, and Chuck Riley, to form the rock band “Southern Hospitality”; and their 2013 album “Easy Livin” was also produced by Benoit. When Benoit decided to start his own label Fowler was the first signed resulting in 2018’s “Whiskey Bayou Sessions”. Fowler has also been a member of Butch Truck’s Freight Train Band, and a guitarist featured with the Dickey Betts Band.
Fowler’s songwriting mixes influences from blues, soul, gospel, country, and swamp rock. The eleven tracks include ten originals and one cover. Produced by Fowler and George Harris he is accompanied by keyboardist Mike Kach; harmonica ace T.C. Carr; and the rhythm section of bassist Riley and drummer Justin Headley. The background vocalist is Betty Fox. The album was recorded at Creative World Recording in Largo, Florida.
Fowler opens with “Leave It Alone” with some fine Duane Allman styled slide guitar and the rhythm section of Peet and Riley; his vocal is perfect as he sings to the syncopated beat with Carr playing harp in the background. “I’ve Been Low” rocks from start to finish as Fowler takes an extended solo.
The title track, “Alafia Moon”, is a ballad with Fowler’s distinctive southern croon. “Make The Best of Your Time” includes more of Fowler’s guitar style which has been often compared to both Johnny Winter and Jeff Beck. “The Guitar”, a song about a finding an acoustic in a pawn shop was written by Guy Clark and Verlon Thompson; and is a beautiful story as told by Fowler. “Hip To Your Trip” was co-written by Fowler and Jim Suhler. “Some Things Change”, is a rocker with the lyric “Ain’t That a shame, some things change, others stay the same” and a total band effort with more of Fowler’s slide and Carr on harp. “Taxman” is another stand out tune. “The Umbrella” is an eight-minute narrative about Fowler playing to only a bartender and a drunkard; in the closer, the bartender “Kicked His Ass Out”.
On Fowler’s ninth release overall, he combines all the influences that have made him one of the great southern artists of our time. Check him out on this fabulous new album.