6330 U.S. 19
New Port Richey, FL 34652
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Julie Black is a critically acclaimed artist, singer, songwriter, and poet who inspires with stories of life, love, and loss. Her powerful vocals weave a potent message that resonates long after the music has ended. Genuine and emotionally uninhibited, Julie Black presents her work with strong conviction and a level of honesty that is rare and refreshing. She takes listeners on a journey through many spaces, places, and states of mind on her captivating album Follow the Muse.
A kindred spirit of free and fiery souls, Julie Black finds common ground with those who have gone against the grain, blazed new trails, and left a unique imprint on art, science, culture, and humanity. Inspiration comes from life, her own story being deep, complex, and inspiring. She also senses the muse in the outside world…every falling leaf, wandering soul, broken heart, hero, zero, and so much more has the potential to become a part of her art and music. In her words, “every life is worthy of a song.” Every person who crosses her path has the potential to be woven into her work. Julie Blackisone-of-a kind, whose art, music, and poetry provides a whole new perspective , and beckons the listener to consider things more deeply.
Rhythm & Blues Masters
Following an impromptu jam session in July 2011 in Florida, Victor Wainwright teamed up with Damon Fowler, J.P. Soars, Chuck Riley and Chris Peet to form what was to be known as Southern Hospitality. Their first gig was supporting Buddy Guy in August the same year at the Heritage Music Blues Fest in Wheeling, West Virginia. Their debut album, Easy Livin' , (2013) was produced by Tab Benoit, and released by Blind Pig Records. It peaked at No. 9 on the US Billboard Top Blues Album chart.
In August 2013, Fowler played at the Palladium Theatre in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Tab Benoit produced Sounds of Home, which was Fowler's most recent offering. Recorded in Houma, Louisiana, it was released on January 21, 2014. In February 2014, Fowler appeared at the Blast Furnace Blues Festival in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
In September 2015, Damon joined Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band.
Damon joined Dickey Betts Band as the slide guitar player on the 2018 Tour.
Damon Fowler is an American electric blues and blues rock singer, guitarist, and songwriter. Allmusic noted that "his sound is blues based, but there are hints of country, swamp rock, R&B, and swing in his playing and song writing."
Over the years, Fowler has worked with Delbert McClinton, Chris Duarte, Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, Jeff Beck, Robin Trower, Gregg Allman, Junior Brown, Rick Derringer, Little Feat, Jimmie Vaughan, Victor Wainwright, Butch Trucks, Dickey Betts and the Radiators.
Fowler was born in Brandon, Florida, United States. His first association with the guitar began at the age of twelve, and by experience has expanded his skills and range to include playing acoustic, electric, lap steel, and dobro, incorporating slide techniques. In his teenage years, Fowler played at small clubs in the Tampa Bay Area. With a growing local reputation, he began to appear as a support act, both on other musicians tours and at music festivals. His debut album, Riverview Drive (1999), was self-released and included material all written by Fowler. Rick Derringer both played on, and produced the record. Further self releases of Roots and Branches (2000) and the live album, Live at Skipper's Smoke House (2003) followed, which gained Fowler critical notice from the music press.
In March 2007, Blind Pig Records announced the signing of Fowler. His first issue with them was the largely blues based album, Sugar Shack (2009). Billboard commented that "Fowler may be so skillful that he prefers pickin' tasty to larger-than-life guitar heroics. Fowler wrote nine of the 12 tunes on the album, and his original material is solid." Fowler also performed at Memphis in May in 2009. Following the release of Devil Got His Way two years later, Allmusic remarked that "Fowler's creative lap steel work is what sets him apart from the rest."
7 PM: Julie Black
9 PM: DAMON FOWLER with special guest TC Carr
Thursday, April 4, 2020 * Sims Park Amphitheater