'Rebel' Rod's Reviews - Damon Fowler's "Devil Got His Way" on Blind Pig Records

By ‘Rebel’ Rod Ames


Every now and then, and of late, quite frequently, a record comes out; a record of which I just cannot get enough.

The latest in the seemingly endless supply of CD’s and MP3’s I receive is Damon Fowler’s new one, “Devil Got His Way”, as he, the Devil, so often does.

When I think “Devil”, I think “Hot”. This record is hotter than hell. So hot it may even be too hot for Satan himself.

The record starts out with a bang on the very first track “We’ve Got A Good Thing”. Of course, it features Mr. Fowler on his smoldering guitar leading the way into the song. He soon breaks in with his equally blazing voice. The song is absolutely guaranteed to get you on your feet and “burning” up the dance floor.

The very next track is the title cut, “Devil Got His Way”. This tune features Mr. Fowler on slide guitar and is nothing short of amazing.

However good the title cut is, my favorite track on the record of the twelve that reside on it is Leon Russell’s “Tight Rope” from one of my favorites from Mr. Russell, “Carney”. Where originally we would have heard Mr. Russell banging on his ivories; we hear Mr. Fowler, instead, plucking away it his strings. It is a very cool version of a very cool song from the past. He stays very true to the tune Mr. Russell wrote, while making the song his own here.

Every track on this record is expertly performed. Mr. Fowler is backed up by Chuck Riley on bass, James McKnight on drums, Tim Herding on organ (“After the Rain”), and Rob Stoney on organ (“Don’t Call Me" & “You Go Your Way”).

However, the trio of Fowler, Riley, and McKnight performs most of the record, and it works perfectly. After each tune on the record ends, the listener anxiously awaits the next tune. The production values are discriminating to say the least, so kudos to Scott Cable on his relentlessness to making sure the final product became what it is here; a blazing success.

Damon Fowler’s “Devil Got His Way” releases this January 18, 2011. So far, in a very young 2011, this one is at the top of my list.

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Tags: Blind Pig Records, Damon Fowler, Devil Got His Way

Comment by Kim Rinehart on January 8, 2011 at 5:27pm
Thanks for the heads up on this!  I have just spent an hour listening to some of his work, as he is new to me.  Yeah, He kicks butt!!  Amazon has previews and I will be downloading for sure!!  I love his version of  Tree Top Flyer, and  She's 19yrs old!  SMOKING HOT BLUES!!
Comment by Rod Ames on January 8, 2011 at 5:32pm
Thank you for reading! I'll be playing "Tight Rope" tonite on my show. Check it out if you get the chance.
Comment by Kim Rinehart on January 9, 2011 at 9:36am
I wish I would have checked this message earlier! D..I missed it!  If you send me the info I will definately chatch the next one!!!
Comment by Randy Wynne on January 9, 2011 at 3:52pm
Damon is da man!   He
Comment by Ralph Collinson on January 11, 2011 at 7:07am
I saw Damon for the first time this fall at the Daytona Beach blues Festival. He was fantastic and one of the highlights of the festival. I'll be picking up this CD as soon as possible.

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Created by No Depression Feb 17, 2009 at 9:06pm. Last updated by No Depression Sep 24, 2012.