WANT TO GO?
Charlie West Blues Fest
WHERE: Haddad Riverfront Park
WHEN: 4 to 11 p.m. Friday and 12 to 11 p.m. Saturday
INFO: 304-389-1439 or www.charliewestbluesfest.comCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Southern Hospitality'sDamon Fowler only had a few days off before he'd be headed out the door for the next round of touring.
Just back from some festival shows in Europe, Fowler said he was glad to get home and a little sorry that he missed the Blues Music Association awards show the previous night, where his bandmate Victor Wainwright took home the "Pinetop Perkins Piano Player Award."
Still, Fowler, who'll join the rest of Southern Hospitality for it show Saturday night at the Charlie West Blues Fest, said he just needed to take a breath.
The gazz spoke to him about the blues and how he might not be one of those blues players who limits himself to just one special guitar.
Q. How'd you get started in the blues?
A. "I started playing guitar when I was 10. I had an uncle who was in a country band. His son and I used to play music. We'd go and sit in with the band. A couple of guys in the band were nice to us and would show us things. That's how it happens; young people hang out with the older guys and end up learning. It's how you grow.
"They played country, but they played a little blues. They would do one blues song a night, and I just loved the structure of the songs. Later, I got into B.B. King and was really heavy into Albert Collins, then John Lee Hooker."