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Southern Hospitality

Category : Calgary Bluesfest
Aug 26, 2020

The South has long been known for hospitality and down home music. Recently the region has seen the emergence of a musical group of young musicians who are masters of their craft and embody the soul and spirit of Dixie. The Band creating all the buzz, called Southern Hospitality, is comprised of lap steel guitar master Damon Fowler, guitarist extraordinaire J.P. Soars, and keyboard wizard Victor Wainwright.

The three artists are musician's musicians, each bringing a unique style and fresh translation of the great Southern soul, blues, and rock music that came before them. Together, their mutual chemistry, high energy and skill sets create a cohesive vision, with echoes of Muscle Shoals and Macon, that organically flows together into an entirely original and dynamic form of Americana, Southern soul roots music with a modern sensibility.

Damon Fowler is a master of the six string, slide guitar, lap steel and Dobro who's been compared to Johnny Winter and Jeff Beck, while his slide guitar has a hint of the late Duane Allman. JP Soars and his band won the Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge in 2009 and he won the Albert King award as the best guitarist in the competition. A singer/songwriter and guitarist best known for his distinctive gypsy-swing jazz playing with plenty of rock potency, he was nominated this year for a Blues Music Award as the best "Contemporary Blues Male Artist." Memphis-based Victor Wainwright is known for his high-octane boogie piano, big soul sounds, powerhouse blues, and roots rock 'n' roll. Victor was nominated this year for the "Pinetop Perkins Piano Player" Blues Music Award, and won. Victor has been nominated three years in a row and has won both 2013/2014 consecutively.

"After a single gig Southern Hospitality has significant players in the blues world taking notice. Fowler, Wainwright and Soars share much love for the songs of the South. The hot jazz and funk of New Orleans, classic country, gospel, soul, and blues that became rock&roll in Memphis and went global by way of a trucker named Elvis."
- Blues Wax


Top 10 Billboard May 2013 "Easy Livin'" Southern Hospitality

2014 BMA "Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year" WINNER Victor Wainwright

2013 BMA "Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year" WINNER Victor Wainwright

2013 Blues Music Award Nominee for Best Contemporary Male Blues Artist JP Soars

Top 10 Blues Albums of the Year on

2013 Blues411 Jimi Award for Best Debut Release

2013 Blues Blast Music Award "Sean Costello Rising Star" Nominee Victor Wainwright

2013 Blues Blast Music Award "New Artist Debut Release" Southern Livin' WINNER

RMR - Roots Music Report - #1 "Southern Livin" in Southern Soul 2013

Living Blues Radio Chart - #8 "Southern Livin' " 2013

Sirius XM 74 "BB King's Bluesville" #1 "Pick to Click"

2013 Blues Blast Music Award "Blues Band of the Year" Southern Hospitality Nominee

2012, 2013 & 2014 Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise

2012 BMA "Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year" Nominee Victor Wainwright