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  • Florida bluesman Damon Fowler brings southern hospitality to Magnolia

  • It was barely two months ago that blues/rock singer-songwriter Damon Fowler energized a Delaware audience upstate in Saint Georges with his band Southern Hospitality.
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  • It was barely two months ago that blues/rock singer-songwriter Damon Fowler energized a Delaware audience upstate in Saint Georges with his band Southern Hospitality.
    Fowler, a shining bluesman from Brandon, Fla., loved it so much that he decided to return to the First State for another performance in May.
    This time he’ll gig locally and solo, performing at Jonathan’s Landing Golf Course in Magnolia on Thursday, May 8. Fowler will be promoting his new album, “Sounds of Home.”
    Q Can you point out songs from your catalog that new audiences fall in love with at your shows?
    A It depends on where you’re at. Some people like more slide guitar, more blues or they like it when you play dance songs. A lot of times I don’t have an actual set list. I sort of have a skeleton in my mind of songs I want to do. But what order they’re going to be in is sort of based off the crowd’s reaction and seeing where they’re at during that moment, because living in that moment is where it’s at.
    Q There’s a buzz surrounding you in the blues community. Can you describe what it is about your music that attracts listeners?
    A We try to be as honest as we can when we go out and play, and we try to have a good time. People come out because they want to have a good time. They want to be entertained, laugh, clap and dance.
    Q Your new album features covers of Johnny Winter’s “TV Mama” and Elvis Costello’s “Alison.” What attracted you to those two songs?
    A I like to put a couple of covers together on a CD. When I play live I like to do a couple of weird covers because it gives people something else to hold on to and to listen to, and if they recognize it, it makes them feel much closer to it. But also it kind of gives them a glimpse into where you’re coming from a little bit, and what your record collection is like.
    Q How did you get introduced to blues music?
    A I got into blues from liking blues when I was around 10 years old. I was going to sit inwith my uncle’s country band and when I’d go up and jam with him, the thing that appealed to me most was a song by James Taylor called “Steamroller Blues.” I liked the form of the progression, like how the chords were structured, but I also liked the story and the innuendos of the lyrics. It really popped for me. After that, I got into B.B. King, Albert Collins and John Lee Hooker.
    Page 2 of 2 - Q Which blues musician had the greatest impact on you?
    A I’d have to say B.B. King – because he’s the king.
    IF YOU GO
    WHAT Damon Fowler in concert
    WHEN 8 p.m., Thursday, May 8
    WHERE Jonathan’s Landing Golf Course, 1309 Ponderosa Drive, Magnolia
    COST $5 for Central Delaware Blues Society members; $10 for non-members
    INFO Visit jonathanslandinggolf.com or call 697-8204
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