News: Latest releases from Blind Pig
Posted on: Monday, Jan 20, 2014
Outstanding new recordings from roots guitar guru and Chicago blues veteran
|After spending much of the past year touring with the band Southern Hospitality, Damon Fowler is back with his third solo project for Blind Pig Records,Sounds of Home. Damon chose swamp blues master Tab Benoit to produce and record him at Tab’s rural Louisiana home studio, and their collaboration has resulted in Damon’s strongest effort to date.|
The tension between his measured, laid-back vocal delivery and the hallmark intensity of his guitar virtuosity has never been keener, and the stories told in his songwriting exhibit a combination of depth, grace and humor very few of his contemporaries can match.
Alongside his solo career, Damon joined forces with fellow guitarist JP Soars and keyboardist Victor Wainwright in 2011 to form the southern roots rock group, Southern Hospitality. SoHo quickly became a strong draw on the national circuit due to their roof-raising live performances and their award-winning first recording,Easy Livin’, on Blind Pig.
As with Damon’s legendary live performances, Sounds of Home takes the listener on a tour through the rich traditions of American roots music, presented by one of its foremost practitioners. To learn or hear more, please click HERE.
BILLY BRANCH AND THE SONS OF BLUES
|Blues Shock represents the first studio-recorded release in nearly fifteen years from veterans Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues, and their first for Blind Pig. The result is a fascinating mix of daring, and full-bodied new compositions and fresh-sounding standards that followers have long savored at their live shows.|
Speaking of ‘blues shocks,’ it hardly seems possible that Billy Branch – once touted as one of the ‘new generation’ of blues musicians – is verging on elder statesman status in the blues community.
Over a career spanning close to forty years now, Branch has become one of the blues’ most eloquent spokespersons and an ardent evangelist and teacher of the blues, not to mention an award-winning veteran artist on the Chicago, national and international music scenes.
“I’m on close to 200 recordings at this point,” estimates Branch. But this one feels destined to be one of the standouts. The virtuosity and sheer exuberance that Billy and the SOB’s bring to this stylistically diverse material make for a recording sure to garner accolades from critics and fans alike.
“But I’ve been kinda like this underground person,” says Branch with a laugh, referring to his 15 year studio hiatus. “Hopefully this will, like the title says, create a ‘blues shock.'” To learn or hear more, please click HERE.
These CDs, as well as free downloads, are available now through our website.
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