New Victor Wainwright album debuts on Billboard Top Ten
It’s not very often that a new band produces its first CD and lands on the Billboard Top 10 chart. But that’s what one blues / roots band did this month. Easy Livin’, the new release from Southern Hospitality, debuted at #9 on the Billboard blues sales chart a few days after its March 12 release. The band consists of blues stars Damon Fowler on lap steel, JP Soars on guitar, and Victor Wainwright on keyboards. The trio plays a mix of Southern soul, rootsy rock, and swampy blues. In his review of the new CD, BluesWax reviewer Richard Ludmerer said, “This band is far and above any I have heard lately.”
The new album was produced by Tab Benoit, winner of three 2012 Blues Music Awards, who skillfully blended the three musicians’ unique styles and skills, much like the Traveling Wilburys, whose mutual chemistry, high energy and musical talents popularized the mix of Americana and Southern roots music.
The “SoHo” band has been winning new fans with their extraordinary live performances. After their very first show together, the BluesWax reviewer predicted Southern Hospitality would make the blues world “take notice.”
Fowler, Wainwright and Soars share a love for the songs of the South, which encompass jazz, classic country, gospel, soul, blues and rock. Wainwright is known as the “Piana from Savannah,” who came to Daytona Beach for college and played local clubs while pursuing an engineering degree at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He moved to Memphis, caught the attention of Beale Street fans, and today is playing the national and worldwide blues circuits. Both Wainwright and Soars will be featured at this year’s Daytona Blues Festival on Sunday, October 13. Damon Fowler performed in the 2010 Daytona Blues Festival.
Copies of Southern Hospitality’s Easy Livin’ can be purchased at local music outlets or online at blindpigrecords.com.