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Damon Fowler lives up to potential on 'Devil Got His Way'

staff report • Aug 26, 2011 at 4:01 AM

Armed with a hybrid of roots rock, blues and sacred steel, Florida native Damon Fowler began wowing audiences with his musical exploits as a teenager, building a reputation as one of the hottest young players on the scene. Fowler will treat local fans to a concert at 9 p.m., tonight at The Big Room at Conley’s Overlook, 130 VFW Road, Kingsport. Doors open at 7 p.m., with opening band Steve Hayes and the Hurricanes taking the stage at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Fowler’s latest album, “Devil Got His Way,” fulfills the tremendous potential that his acclaimed Blind Pig Records debut, “Sugar Shack,” promised. The styles and moods of the songs on “Devil Got His Way” run the gamut. The brooding title cut tells a sordid tale, punctuated by furious slide guitar runs. “After The Rain” is a beautiful, meditative ballad, while “Tight Rope” recalls the playful tone of Leon Russell’s version, without sounding derivative. Adding songwriting and vocal skills to his repertoire over the years has brought Fowler many accolades, with critics extolling his originality and maturity as well as his technical guitar expertise. Fowler can play fiery guitar runs with the best of them, but it’s his lyrical work on lap steel and Dobro that makes him stand out among the legions of guitar heroes. Born and raised in Brandon, Fla., just outside of Tampa, Fowler first picked up the guitar at the age of 12. After being shown a few chords, he realized he was a natural. While his friends were listening to the musical flavor of the month, Fowler was digging into the blues, and was soon playing small clubs in and around the Tampa Bay area. Years later, with thousands of shows behind him, he is one of the most unique and seasoned artists on the national circuit. Already a master of the six string, Fowler has developed a powerful command of the lap-steel, Dobro and slide guitars, and continues to entertain audiences everywhere he goes. Thanks to his versatility, Fowler has been called upon to work with such acts as Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, Johnny and Edgar Winter, Robin Trower, Gregg Allman, Jimmy Vaughn, Junior Brown, Rick Derringer, Little Feat, The Radiators, Chris Duarte, Delbert McClinton and numerous others. For more information on Fowler, visit www.damon fowler.com . To find out more about tonight’s concert, call Conley’s at (423) 247-4449.Courtesy of Blind Pig Records

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