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Damon Fowler brings new CD 'home'

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Damon Fowler by Misty Leigh McElroy

Grab a copy of former Bradenton Beach resident Damon Fowler's outstanding new CD "Sounds of Home" when he performs this weekend in Englewood and Tampa. COURTESY PHOTO / MISTY LEIGH MCELROY

Former Bradenton Beach resident Damon Fowler’s new CD “Sounds of Home” is a rewarding, diverse amalgamation of Dixie roots styles that should already be in the running for best “blues” album of 2014. His third solo disc for Blind Pig – and first since he recorded the acclaimed Southern Hospitality LP “Easy Livin’” – “Sounds of Home” finds Fowler back with ace producer Tab Benoit as well as forever bassist Chuck Riley and longtime drummer James McKnight. It’s a winning team for spotlighting Fowler’s slide and lap steel guitar skills, soulful singing and deftly emotive songwriting. Standout originals include the gritty, introspective opener “Thought I Had It All,” the bouncy, bayou-rocking title track and the Delta drinking song “Old Fools, Bar Stools, And Me.” As for covers, there's a sizzling version of Johnny Winter's "TV Mama" and a sensitive reading of Elvis Costello's "Alison" goosed by a wonderfully restrained guitar solo.

Damon Fowler on new album 'Sounds of Home'

Fowler’s CD Celebration at Skipper’s Smokehouse in Tampa is Friday. He then performs at the Blues, Brew and Q festival in Englewood on Saturday. Blues artists Joey Gilmore and Betty Padgett, as well as plenty of beer and barbecue, are also on the roster in Englewood.

Ticket cover story: Damon Fowler's Southern Hospitality

Damon Fowler at Blues, Brew and Q
4 p.m. Saturday; Blues, Brew and Q at Englewood Sports Complex, 1300 S. River Road, Englewood; $25; 441-7049; englewoodrotary.org.

Damon Fowler at Blues, Brew and Q
4 p.m. Saturday; Blues, Brew and Q at Englewood Sports Complex, 1300 S. River Road, Englewood; $25; 441-7049; englewoodrotary.org.

Wade_Tatangelo_by_Mike_Lang_HT_06212013 Wade Tatangelo has been an entertainment reporter, columnist and reviewer for more than a decade at publications nationwide. He is a Hershey, Pa., native who grew up in Tampa and graduated from the University of South Florida. Wade joined the Herald-Tribune in 2013. He can be reached by email or call (941) 361-4955.
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