Southern Hospitality (US)

  • sept 15th>sept 30th (sept 25 taken)

Damon Fowler is a master of the six string, slide guitar, lap steel and Dobro who’s been compared to Johnny Winter and Jeff Beck, while his slide guitar has a hint of the late Duane Allman.J.P. Soars and his band won the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge in 2009 and he won the Albert King award as the best guitarist in the competition. A singer/songwriter and guitarist best known for his distinctive gypsy-swing jazz playing with plenty of rock potency, he was nominated this year for a Blues Music Award as the best “Contemporary Blues Male Artist.”Memphis-based Victor Wainwright is known for his high-octane boogie piano, big soul sounds, powerhouse blues, and roots rock’n’ roll. Victor was nominated this year for the “Pinetop Perkins Piano Player”Blues Music Award.


“Southern Hospitality, which after a single gig has significant players in the blues world taking notice.Fowler, Wainwright and Soars share much love for the songs of the South. The hot jazz and funk of New Orleans, classic country, gospel, soul, and blues that became rock ’n’ roll in Memphis and went global by way of a trucker named Elvis.” – BluesWax

The Band originated when Fowler, Soars and Wainwright, who were performing with their respective bands at a festival in Florida in July of 2011, decided on an impromptu jam together at a post festival party. After witnessing the performance, the South Florida Blues Society approached the trio about playing for the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Pre-Cruise Party.

Fowler had already been thinking about doing a project with other musicians and contacted his pal J.P. Soars. Like Fowler, Soars lives in Florida and traces his family roots back to Arkansas. “I thought it was great idea as soon as Damon called,” Soars said from his home in Boca Raton. “I had jammed with him a few times on stage and was totally excited because there was a natural chemistry that seems to happen whenever we play together.”

The two guitar-slingers with the singular singing voices immediately decided they wanted pianist-frontman Wainwright to round out their aggregation.Soars added, “I had played with Wainwright before, as well, and he has a lot of soul, and we just feed off each other.”

Dubbing themselves Southern Hospitality, the three musicians added bassist Chuck Riley from Fowler’s band and Soars’ drummer Chris Peet to the lineup and made their official debut opening for Buddy Guy in August 2011 at the Heritage Music Blues Fest in Wheeling, West Virginia.

  • sept 15th>sept 30th (sept 25 taken)


  • Guitar/lapsteel/vocals: Damon Fowler
  • Guitar/vocals: JP Soars
  • Piano/vocals: Victor Wainwright
  • Bass:Chuck Riley
  • Drums:Chris Peet

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