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Damon Fowler Has Earned A Big Reputation Among Guitarists

by Bill Monahan

Blues fans can find respite from the frigid winter weather this weekend, warming up to Southern Blues sounds of young blues phenom Damon Fowler, performing Saturday with his power trio at the Simcoe Street Theatre in Collingwood.

As a genre, authentic blues is in good hands these days with a cohort of young players who have the knack of infusing this venerated music with a respectful blend of its roots and personal feeling.  In this area just this past year, we’ve enjoyed exceptional blues from young artists Conor Gains and Jenie Thai, and now Damon Fowler brings another exciting performer to watch.

A Florida native, Fowler began playing guitar at the age of twelve.  One of his earliest influences was Jeff Healey.  He quickly developed a style that is equal parts tradition and originality, applying it to acoustic and electric guitar, dobro and lap steel, with an emphasis on slide work.  He began gigging as a support act and attracted enough notice that his first, self-released album was produced by Rick Derringer.

As a solo he opened for artists that included several blues legends such as Delbert McClinton, Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, Jeff Beck, and many more.  His reputation spread.

Summit On The Mountain On A Sunday Evening

Review of Summit in concert at The Village at Blue, Sunday Aug. 14, 2017

Featuring photos by Susan Vogan

Blue Mountain Village was still crowded on Sunday evening at the end of a perfect summer’s day and the band that calls itself Summit took the stage for their second set.  They took command immediately. As they played more and more of the flowing crowd gathered around the Coca-Cola stage to stay and listen.  Kids sat cross-legged on the ground in front of the stage and couples danced off to the side in the shadow of the speakers.

Tyler YaremaJohn Bride’s guitar solos acted like a crowd magnet with his classic pyrotechnics, playing behind his head and with his teeth.   Equally alluring was the lineup of the three main vocalists, Gracie, Virgil Scott and Chris Scerri.  On this beautiful summer night weaving casually through the little streets of the village, you couldn’t help but stop and notice when you passed this band in action.  They rock.