Damon Fowler brings some serious southern soul to his blues. The thick, swampy sounds of Louisiana inform his work, and though his initial forays into the blues melee occurred while he was a child prodigy turning heads and bending ears in his native Tampa, Fla., the mark of Muscle Shoals is indelible in his adult work as a Blind Pig recording artist. His latest effort, "Sounds of Home," was produced by swamp blues maestro Tab Benoit and tracked at Benoit's rural Louisiana recording facility. The pairing proved to be fruitful, as Fowler's laid-back, soulful singing and brutally in-your-face guitar work created a push-and-pull lent a loamy consistency by Benoit's organic production methods.
Fowler made his Buffalo debut last year with an intimate show at the Strand Theatre in Tonawanda. This time around, he'll play the larger Tralf Music Hall, aided and abetted by our own blues powerhouse Robert "Freghtrain" Parker and his mighty band, including the much buzzed-about Grace Lougen on guitar and Damone Jackson on drums.
Damon Fowler: With Robert Freightrain Parker Band at 8 p.m. Jan. 11 at the The Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.). Tickets are $12 advance, $15 day of show (box office, Ticketmaster).