with Special Guest Jason Ricci
Florida’s Gulf Coast has produced a plethora of distinctive musicians, from the blues of Tampa Red to jazz greats Cannonball and Nat Adderley to former Allman Brothers guitarist Dickey Betts to The Outlaws. Tampa’s Damon Fowler, a masterful singer, guitar player and songwriter, has absorbed the best of and furthered the work of the region’s definitive artists. A hard driving troubadour, his music is steeped with soul and representative of the many styles that make up the roots of American music. He has gained the respect of his peers given his featured slot in Butch Truck’s Freight Train band and his side gig as guitarist in the Dickey Betts Band. Critics have compared Fowler’s guitar work to Johnny Winter and Jeff Beck, while his slide guitar is reminiscent of the late Duane Allman. Fowler can play fiery guitar runs with the best of them, and his lyrical work on lap steel and dobro makes him a stand out performer among the legions of guitar heroes. His new release, ALAFIA MOON, was produced by Fowler and George Harris (Cheap Trick, Rick Derringer, Brian Johnson—AC/DC), ALAFIA MOON, represents Fowler’s 8th solo release. combines all the influences that have shaped his distinctive blues career. On the strength of Fowler’s hybrid of roots rock, blues, and sacred steel, the Florida native started wowing audiences with his musical exploits as a teenager, building a reputation as one of the hottest young players on the scene. Adding songwriting and vocal skills to his repertoire over the years has brought him many accolades, with music journalists extolling his originality and maturity as well as his technical guitar expertise. All of these attributes have helped further define Damon Fowler as one of the great Southern artists of his time.
Too Slim & The Taildraggers
Tim “Too Slim“ Langford is a monster guitarist and unabashed blues rocker whose influences run the gamut from Lightnin’ Hopkins, Freddy King, Duane Allman, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Robin Trower.
He is a prolific singer/songwriter whose songs have now yielded an impressive 14 studio albums, 2 solo albums and several live CD’s on the Vizztone and his own Underworld Records labels. Too Slim and the Taildraggers are Tim “Too Slim" Langford on guitar/vocals, Zach Kasik on bass/vocals and Chris Reiser on drums/vocals.
Brace Yourself the new live release is the latest effort in the evolution of their contemporary Blues/Rock sound that has been described as ‘Straight Whiskey Blues with a Southern Rock Beer Chaser’
The Remedy their latest studio effort debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top Blues Album Chart. ‘High Desert Heat’ their 2018 release charted 11 times in the Billboard Top Blues Album Chart in 2018 and is nominated for Best Blues/Rock album at the 2019 Blues Music awards. High Desert Heat was also featured in heavy rotation on Sirius XM’s B.B. King’s Bluesville.Their 2016 release ‘Blood Moon’ was nominated for Blues Rock Album of the Year at the 2016 Blues Blast Music Awards and was voted Blues Rock Album of the Year at the 2016 Jimi Awards. Blood Moon reached #6 on the Billboard Top Blues Album Chart in 2016. The 2014 release Anthology was vote #1 Blues Album of the Year by Blues Matters Writers Poll in 2015. The 2013 release ‘Blue Heart’ rose to #3 on the Billboard Top Blues Album Chart and was nominated for Rock/Blues Album of the Year at the 2014 Blues Blast Music Awards. Shiver the 2011 release, was nominated for Rock/Blues Album of the Year by the Blues Foundation’s Blues Music Awards.
Too Slim and the Taildraggers ever evolving musical direction cannot easily be classified into any box or category. Tim “Too Slim" Langford has received Lifetime Achievement and Hall Of Fame awards by three Northwest blues societies, as well as more than 40 regional and national music awards. Too Slim and the Taildraggers music has also been featured on MTV’s series, The Real World and Road Rules.
Deborah Stafford & The Night Stalkers
Deborah Stafford & The Night Stalkers is an 8-piece show band, playing a mixture of danceable Blues, Roots Rock, and Soul. Their horn-driven grooves will get the crowd shakin' it - with a mixture of great originals and recognizable covers from such luminaries as Al Green and Etta James. A tight horn section, hot guitar licks, soulful keyboards, and the smoldering vocals of Deborah make this band one of a kind. In May 2022 they went to The International Blues Challenge in Memphis and made it to the semi-finals . That led them to opening The Trinidaddio Blues Festival in August 2022. They killed it! They're just getting better all the time and with the addition of Jim DeSchamp on guitar there is no telling how far they could go. They have now won the CBS Blues Challenge for the second year in a row and have just returned from Memphis and the 2023 IBC.