Album Review for DAMON FOWLER – The Whiskey Bayou Session

Released on Whiskey Bayou Records

With a thumping rhythm section, funk blues guitar riffing, and inventive song craft The Whiskey Bayou Sessions opens at a furious pace and continues throughout its eleven songs.

The seventh album for leader Fowler, finds him exploring rock and blues grooves with his idiosyncratic guitar playing and vocals.

Opener It Came Out Of Nowhere repurposes the main riff from Mary Had A Little Lamb, but Fairweather Friend is a unison riff rocker giving the band of Damon Fowler, bassist Todd Edmunds, and drummer Justin Headley plenty to get their teeth into.

Johnny Nash’s Hold Me Tight is a light swing jazz piece, and Little Walter’s Up The Line is delivered at quite a lick.

The traditional Just A Closer Walk With Thee features some superb Lap Steel Guitar.

Holiday is one of those immediately catchy blues rockers, with sharp drumming and bass, and album closer Florida Baby is a Lap Steel drenched reverie.

This is a hugely likeable album, likely to please fans of the blues, as well as listeners equally interested in other forms of music.

Album Review by BEN MACNAIR