JP Soars - Let Go Of The Reins
Release Date: August 23, 2019
J.P. Soars’ LET GO OF THE REINS was recorded during a whirlwind weeklong session at Tab Benoit’s Whiskey Bayou studios in Houma Louisiana, with a band featuring Chris Peet on bass, and Benoit on drums. Together they recorded eleven songs in five days – seven originals which they wrote on the spot, plus four choice covers. The inspiration for the album came from the many nights they all spent jamming into the wee hours on the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise and at the Big Blues Bender, and as expected, they captured many magical musical moments on this record.
In the decade since Soars burst upon the national scene by winning 1st place in the Blues Foundation’s 2009 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN with his band the Red Hots (and was also crowned with the prestigious Albert King Award as best guitarist,) Arkansas native J.P. Soars has toured extensively through the United States, Canada, South America and Europe, and released an impressive catalog of powerful music. In addition to his work with his own Red Hots, Soars has been part of the regional all-star blues act Southern Hospitality, also featuring Tampa vocalist/guitarist Damon Fowler and Memphis vocalist/keyboardist Victor Wainwright, plus Red Hots drummer Chris Peet and Wainwright’s bassist Terrance Grayson. In 2019 Soars was nominated for the Blues Foundation’s Blues Music Award in the Blues Rock category, alongside blues heavyweights Billy F. Gibbons, Eric Gales, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Tinsley Ellis. J.P is soaring high, and psyched about the new record: “LET GO OF THE REINS was written and recorded very organically and honestly. We captured the moment, and what a spectacular and special moment it was. I hope you enjoy thisrecord as much as we enjoyed making it.”
Damon Fowler - The Whiskey Bayou Sessions
When Tab Benoit founded Whiskey Bayou Records Damon Fowler was just the type of Artist that he wanted to sign to the label. Damon’s a touring musician. He is a troubadour whose music is steeped with soul and is a collective of many styles that make up the roots of American music. Musicians respect him as a singer song writer and player so much that he was a feature in Butch Truck’s Freight Train band and was a natural fit for his current side gig as the guitarist in the Dickey Betts Band. Damon is Gospel, Blues, Soul, Reggae, Jazz, and Rock.
The Whiskey Bayou Session was recorded in the Cypress Moss covered setting on the bank of Cane Bayou (French: Ouiski Bayou) in Houma, Louisiana. With all the makings of a classic roots record it is Damon's unique guitar, Lap Steel guitar style, soulful vocals and vivid songwriting that stand at the forefront of this recording. The Whiskey Bayou Session was recorded at a bittersweet time in Damon's career. Still struggling through his friend, mentor, and band leader Allman Brothers Butch Trucks untimely death, the uncertainty after life with Butch Truck's Freight Train Band, and this recording Damon received the invitation to play guitar in Allman Brothers Dickey Betts band Great Southern. Damon Fowler began to build his legacy with the release of first record in 1999 "Riverview Drive" which was produced by guitar legend Rick Derringer. The record was followed by a few independent releases.. In 2007 Blind Pig Records signed Damon Fowler to a three record deal. In 2013 Tab Benoit produced Damon's third record for the label “Sounds of Home."
Alongside his solo career, Damon joined forces with fellow guitarist JP Soars and keyboardist Victor Wainwright in 2011 to form the southern roots rock group, Southern Hospitality. SoHo quickly became a strong draw on the national circuit due to their early, roof-raising live performances and their first recording, Easy Livin’, on Blind Pig. Of their first show BluesWax said, “Southern Hospitality, after a single gig, has significant players in
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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 ‘n’ roll in Memphis and went global by way of a trucker named Elvis.” Hittin’ The Note called the album “a dozen potent shots of pure Southern pleasure. The roughneck, laid-back ways of this fine debut are reminiscent of the best days of Southern rock.” Damon has neatly managed to balance his participation in SoHo with his own, well-established solo endeavors.
On the strength of his 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 critics extolling his originality and maturity as well as his technical guitar expertise. In 2008’s “Best of Tampa” poll, Creative Loafing magazine named him “Best Guitarist... And Slide Guitarist... and Lap Steel Player... And Dobro Player.” Fowler’s guitar work has been compared to Johnny Winter and Jeff Beck, while his slide guitar has a hint of the late Duane Allman. He can play fiery guitar runs with the best of them, but it’s his lyrical work on lap steel and Dobro that makes him stand out among the legions of guitar heroes.
The Whiskey Bayou Session marks Damon's 7th release and encompasses many styles that are derived from the roots of Americana, Gospel and Blues while further defining Damon Fowler as one of the great Southern Artist of his time.
Damon Fowler - Vocals, Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Tab Benoit - Guitar and Backing Vocals
Todd Edmunds - Bass
Justin Headley - Drums
Vocals / Guitar / Lap Steel Guitar/Back Up Vocals Bass
Eric McFadden - Pain By Numbers
Whiskey Bayou Records proudly releases Pain By Numbers, the new album by acclaimed guitarist-vocalist, Eric McFadden. Guitar Player Magazine writes, “If San Francisco is home to anyone approaching the abilities of a modern Jimi Hendrix, it’s Eric McFadden.” Produced by famed musician (and Whiskey Bayou Records co-owner) Tab Benoit, “Pain by Numbers” is twelve tracks of dark gospel, compelling rock, and dirty blues.
Encompassing three decades of recording and performing live, McFadden has created his own original style. His music is dirty, his guitar is dirty, and his attitude is dirty. Not in a “screw you” way but in the gut-wrenching, no-holds-barred, breaking-all-the-rules way. This all brings an unleashed passion to his song writing, guitar playing, and his endless, creative Pain By
McFadden enlists some renowned musicians on Pain By Numbers: Doug Wimbish (from legendary rock band Living Color) on bass; Terrence Higgins (Warren Haynes, Ani DiFranco) on drums; and the aforementioned Tab Benoit on keyboards.
The Blues comes in many shapes and sizes. We often try to put our finger on it but it easily slips into another form keeping the music relevant and forever alive. While delivering the goods with the same energy as the Clash and the Ramones, Eric McFadden’s Blues seek its own musical footprint on Pain By Numbers.
Eric Johanson - Burn It Down
The one common thread that runs through all of Louisiana music is Soul. You can feel it in the music as it transcends from musician to listener joining them for a singular musical journey - the song. Eric Johanson knows that journey well.
There are many ways that musician discovers their musical path. Not unlike many Louisiana musicians Eric’s path was through his family where he was surrounded by music. Eric Johanson was born and raised in musically and culturally enriched Alexandria Louisiana. Hs grandfather owned a music store where his first guitar was purchased when he was 5 years old. Like many Louisiana families music is the crest with a foundation that goes back generations and is often the life blood which brings families closer and keeps families together. “On my mother’s side everyone played music. My Grandfather played Jazz Clarinet and tuned pianos. My Grandmother played piano and sang in the choir and my aunts played Cello” Eric Johanson “I remember lying awake at night and thinking about music and how I can make it my life”
Alexandria being a few hours from New Orleans made it an easy drive along with his mother to visit friends in the city. At 15 years old Eric was sitting in at New Orleans Music venues including The Rvershack and Mandeville’s Ruby’s Roadhouse where Eric played guitar with older musicians and was constantly tested. New Orleans would eventually be his home until 2006 Hurricanne Katrina. After losing everything to the hurricane in 2006 Eric moved to New Zealand. When Eric returned New Orleans in 2010 he began to be the featured guitarist for legendary band leaders Cyril Neville, Terrance Simien, and Corey Henry’s & Treme Funk. “Cyril taught me a ton about New Orleans history, culture, and music - especially funk. He’s one of the pioneers of creating that whole style, from the Meters to the Neville Brothers. I learned so much from Cyril about how to use guitar not only as a lead, but as a percussion instrument in the band” Eric Johanson “When I started playing with Terrance really I didn’t know much about Zydeco music, despite having heard it growing up. Terrance taught me a lot about the history of the Creole people and where Zydeco music came from.”
On BURN IT DOWN, Eric takes you on his journey through life and all of its love and hardships. The title track (Burn It Down) is a statement about restructuring your life and path while weeding out things and people who are positive from the ones who hold you back.” The chilling to the bone GRAVEYARD QUEEN where you can imagine the sultry woman slowly dancing while laying the trail of destruction leaving you suspicious and unable to trust again. On the Delta driven THE FUGITIVE Eric tackles the subject of unconditional love. The Fugitive is a guy on the run from the law who’s been saved by a woman that lets him hide out and gives him a new chance at life.
On BURN IT DOWN Eric Johanson is backed on drums by Tab Benoit and Corey Duplechin on bass guitar. Eric’s blues run deep and on “Burn It Down” an 11 song CD produced by Tab Benoit his versatile style stays within the blues framework making BURN IT DOWN a sequence of fresh soulful Blues Rock tracks. Burn It Down was recorded at Tab Benoit’s Whiskey Bayou Studio in Louisiana. The record was recorded Live with just a few overdubs. “That’s Tab’s way of producing and it definitely keeps you from over-thinking things. Eric Johanson
Jeff McCarty - STEP OUT
The bayous of Louisiana are filled with natural resources and Louisiana Music is one of them. Whiskey Bayou Records is excited to announce the *New Release* by Soul singer Jeff McCarty. Whiskey Bayou Records is dedicated to producing and releasing original Artist with unique styles. On *Step Out* - Jeff McCarty proves that he is perfect for the label.
"Step Out" is an eleven track journey through the heart, soul, and mind of Jeff McCarty. Jeff has written songs and stories that are true, tried, and tested. These 11 tracks are songs about Love, loss, faith, and conquering the musical dream. Jeff McCarty is a 24/7 Artist and has spent a majority of his life as a professional musician playing many of Louisiana's stages. Jeff has shared bills with some of biggest acts in the music industry including Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Bonham, George Jones, REO Speed Wagon, and Styx.
On *STEP OUT* Jeff is joined by an all-star south Louisiana lineup featuring blues-rocker Josh Garrett on guitar, Corey Duplechin on bass, Tillis Verdin on keyboards, and Tab Benoit on drums. On "STEP OUT" it is Jeff's songs and vocals that take front and center making this a stellar recording with great performances.
Born in Houma, LA Jeff McCarty began playing music when he was 10 years old. Born to a musician father Bobby J. McCarty who was a studio musician for the major record label MCA. Bobby McCarty recorded on Rickie Nelson’s records and played on the Grand Old Opry. “I remember being 4 years old and my dad bringing me to his gigs. I was the kid sitting behind the drummer watching and not knowing that I was learning.” say’s McCarty.
Music excited Jeff at an early age and like many of the musicians from the south it was the radio that helped to create the catalog of songs he sang and was influenced by. Jeff say’s his inspiration came from soulful acts like Jimi Hendrix, Frankie Beverly and Maze, and BB King.
Being from Tab Benoit's hometown Jeff has been on Tab's radar for a long time. Tab Benoit was delighted to produce Jeff McCarty’s Step Out and introduce Jeff to the world on his own label Whiskey Bayou Records. Stream Jeff McCarty's STEP OUT Here: https://soundcloud.com/user-916474564
Musician Line Up on STEP OUT
Vocals - Jeff McCarty
Guitar- Josh Garrett
Bass- Corey Duplechin
Keyboards - Tillis Verdin
Drums - Tab Benoit
Dash Rip Rock - Does Shaver
Whiskey Bayou Records proudly announces the release of Dash Rip Rock’s DASH DOES SHAVER a tribute to Country music outlaw Billy Joe Shaver. Produced by Louisiana guitar legend Tab Benoit, DASH DOES SHAVER are select songs from the legendary songwriter’s vast catalog.
Louisiana Hall of Fame’s Dash Rip Rock’s career began in 1984 when the trio began to carve out their own musical niche releasing recordings with a fresh approach to Country music and Punk Rock. It didn’t take long for the band to hit the road as music critics from around the world rallied behind their new sound which they referred to as “Cowpunk.” The new music television format MTV featured Dash Rip Rock’s videos and soon the band was opening for top acts from around the country including the Ramone’s, Lou Reed and the Replacements. Dash Rip Rock began to release a slew of recordings cementing themselves into the tapestry of Americana music.
On DASH DOES SHAVER the high octane trio’s similarities to the Texas songwriter come to life. Shaver and DRR have taken the less traveled roads remaining true to their original Artistic vision. Their dedication to their craft has often been penalized due to the additions of genres within the music industry. While music genre’s progressed both Artists’s determination to hold true to their styles launched them into classic music territory and music writers began to refer to both as “Legendary.” On DASH DOES SHAVER DRR falls effortlessly into the Legendary Shaver’s boots delivering passionate performances and honoring the story telling style which made Shaver the go to songwriter for so many famous Artist including Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Waylon Jennings.
You can’t mention Louisiana Rock n Roll without mentioning Dash Rip Rock. You can’t mention great Louisiana guitarist without mentioning DRR founder Bill Davis. In the 90’s when Dash Rip Rock’s drummer left the band to form Cowboy Mouth Bill forged on. Again holding true to all of the elements that gave DRR their edge over other bands Bill Davis honed his songwriting craft and continued to play and tour hard.
Right out of the barn on DASH DOES SHAVER you can feel what Shaver was feeling when he penned these classics. Beginning with the apologetic “Living A Loving Lie” to the spiritual “Light A Candle” to the heartfelt and twisted “Aunt Jessie’s Chicken Shack” to the musical biography about the struggling under-dog band “Slim Chance And The Can’t Hardly Playboys” - Dash Rip Rock takes ownership of the Shaver material like it was their own band’s journey.
Guest appearances by Tab Benoit on vocals and pedal steel and Waylon Thibodeaux on fiddle add to the CDs authentic sound. DASH DOES SHAVER is Legends honoring a Legend, it is clear picture of the Americana musical landscape which both Artist have encompassed in their music catalogs for decades. It is everything that a great Country Outlaw CD is made of. it is songs about truth, honor, and heartbreak rolled within a little tongue and cheek. It is the REAL DEAL’s of Americana music reminding us that sometimes music has to step backwards to move forward and music can easily lose direction if forgotten where it has started.
CREATIVE LOAFING “Their roots sound’s supercharged with energy and an overdose of irreverence, delivered with crunchy bar band swagger.”
AUSTIN CHRONICLE“…no one can replace Bill Davis. He’s the brains behind Dash’s brawn, a barroom poet with a wicked sense of humor and a shameless knack for a good lick.”
RIGHT OUT THE BARN ON DASH DOES SHAVER it’s a perfect storm and you can feel wisdom in the wind that Shaver was feeling when he penned these classic songs. The recording begins with the apologetic “Living A Loving Lie” and travels towards the spirit of “Light A Candle.” DRR is even more at home with the heartfelt and twisted taboo of “Aunt Jessie’s Chicken Shack” while just minutes later the band gallops into musical biography about the struggling under-dog band “Slim Chance And The Can’t Hardly Playboys.” Dash Rip Rock takes ownership of the Shaver material like it was their band’s journey. The Louisiana Music Hall of Famer’s fall effortlessly into the Legendary Shaver’s boots and deliver passionate performances as they honor the stories that made Shaver the go-to songwriter for so many famous Artist including Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Waylon Jennings.
DASH DOES SHAVER is Legends honoring a Legend, it is clear picture of the Americana musical landscape. These are songs about truth, honor, and heartbreak rolled within a little tongue and cheek. It is the REAL DEAL’s of Americana music reminding us that sometimes music has to step backwards to move forward and music can easily lose direction if forgotten where it has started.