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Best New Artist Album




Heavy Water, debut CD performed by New Orleans-based Blues, R&B and Funk Band, Fo’Reel, includes an incredible performance by C.P. Love, legendary New Orleans soul singer; Johnny Neel, Grammy Award winning keyboardist, best known for his songwriting, stage, and session work for the Allman Brothers, Gov't Mule, and Dickey Betts; Mark Domizio, Band Leader, guitarist and project creator.


Heavy Water was recorded in two studios, Nashville and New Orleans. The CD was mixed and mastered by David Farrell, multiple Grammy Award winner, who has worked with countless local and international musicians. The big sound of Heavy Water is a direct reflection of Farrell’s extraordinary talent.


Heavy Water is a high-energy blend of Contemporary Blues that includes a lot of funky grooves that will make you want to move. Every song is strong and energy filled, the vocals are passionate, the guitar playing is deep and full of emotion, the keyboard and horns are a driving force to the overall distinctive style and sound. Anyone who enjoys strong-driven, energy-filled music will love this CD. It not only hits the listener with a variety of interesting styles like Swing and a Latin-Tinged Rumba, it embraces New Orleans Blues, R&B and Funk.


Heavy Water also features Jon Smith, multi Grammy Award winning tenor saxophonist; Rick Lawson, singer song writer; Daryl Burgess, drums; David Hyde, bassist and co-producer; Ward Smith, baritone sax; and Barney Floyd, trumpet.


The Band Fo’Reel was born out of a studio project that Mark Domizio created. His diverse approach to music translated into a variety of genres included on this CD. Although C.P. Love did not perform all the songs recorded on the CD he is the singer in the touring band. Additionally, the touring band features David Barard, bass guitarist, who joined the band after the project was completed. David played and recorded with Dr. John for 40 years and also recorded with The Neville Brothers.

Mark Domizio




David Barard


Mark Domizio, originally from Philadelphia, has been consistently performing in the greatest venues New Orleans has to offer, including the House of Blues.


Mark has been performing and recording with Blues and R&B Artists in the New Orleans area for the past two decades. Throughout his extensive career in Philly and New Orleans he has shared the stage with such musicians as; C.P. Love, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Kipori “Baby Wolf” Woods, Henry Gray, Johnny O., Steve Guyer, Richard Johnson, Frank Bey and Bryan Lee. While working with Bryan Lee, Mark recorded with Buddy Guy, Duke Robillard and Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Mark is known for being a powerful guitarist and a burn-down-the house live performer!

C.P. was born in Louisiana just outside New Orleans colorful French Quarter, CP Love grew up surrounded by a heritage of Blues and Jazz. C.P. was raised listening to the greats, many of whom also started their musical careers on the Mississippi, down in New Orleans.

Sam Cook, Elmo James, and Johnny Taylor all became the foundation of Blues that inspired C.P. to create his own style. Filled with Soul and high energy, C.P. delivers his music with a tremendous amount of feeling through a clear soulful voice that was made for Blues and Soul.

C.P. began opening for top acts in the early 70's for entertainers such as BB King and Fats Domino. He has also performed on prominent stages across the country as a headliner himself. C.P. has performed at many Blues and Jazz Festivals, including New Orleans' famous Jazz Fest as well as appearances from California to New York and to Canada at the Montreal Blues Festival, with over 250,000 people in attendance.  C.P.’s Southern style is upbeat and unforgettable, nothing can compare to seeing him perform live!

David Barad, since the late 1970's, David has played with some of the most Talented Artist and Musicians all over the world. Most notably, Dr John, Allen Toussaint, Dave Bartholemew, Chocolate Milk, Etta James, Dolly Parton, Boz Skaggs, Ramsey Lewis, Patty Labelle, Eric Clapton, Jules Holland, Aaron Neville, The Neville Brothers, Lloyd Price. Plus many others. Worldwide Events/ Studio Recordings and / Movie Sound Tracks.


David's Funky Style of playing the Bass has gained him recognition and many awards. David is a Four time Grammy Nominee as well receiving a Grammy with Dr John on the Best Contemporary Blues Act.


“’Heavy Water,’ is an amazing CD. Fabulous music, great songwriting, funky beyond words, and just great top to bottom!”

Blue Barry, Smoky Mountain Blues Society, September 2014


“The music is stylistically the blues, though there is nothing gut-bucket or raw rural about it. This is city-sophisticated (the "city" being the Crescent one). It is carefully considered and produced, sonically lush and genre far-reaching.”

C. Michael Bailey, all-about-jazz, September 2014


“Superb musicianship from all parties involved and a power and passion that can only come from a deeply rooted love for the music…that, in a nutshell is Fo’ Reel.”

Bill Wilson, Reflections in Blue, September 2014


"Domizio is the star turn, providing an excellent counter to Love’s Delta Soul, as Neel fills in any cracks with swells of Hammond B3. With their fine pedigree, Fo'Reel has more soul than their contemporaries…. The vocals are passionate, the guitar playing is deep and full of emotion…. If strong driven, energy filled music is your thing you will love this CD, which not only embraces traditional blues, but hits you with interesting styles like Swing, Funk, R&B, even a little Latino Rumba.”

Clive Rawlings, BLUES MATTERS, September 2014


"On record, happily, this flexible quartet is as tight as any outfit you’ll see on stage, opting for a smooth West Coast-blues style that emphasizes jazz improv over barroom bravado. Fo’Reel might achieve super status yet."

Rob Fontenot, OFFBEAT, August 2014


“This is the debut recording from a band that deserves your attention. Fo’Reel is steeped in New Orleans soul and funk. They are just beginning so this is a formative recording. A lot has occurred since this album was initially released on May 27th. The touring band now consists of Love, Domizio, Neel and David Barard. Barard is the extraordinary bass player who for many years played and toured with Dr. John. I can’t wait to hear more from these guys. They are fabulous.”

Richard Ludmere, Making A Scene, October 2014


“One of the great things about writing about music is the number of pleasant surprises. Sometimes an album of an unknown band arrives and you can start with a clean slate because you have no idea what to expect from the band - and a one-sheet can only provide so much description. Fo'Reel is definitely one of those pleasant surprises. If you're anything like your humble narrator, knowing the band is from New Orleans is a good start. Furthermore it won't take long listening to the album before you're completely hooked. This band definitely brings the groove and the good-time vibe that you find in a lot of music from New Orleans. It really displays the range of the band from funk to jazz, blues, and early rock and roll. If you've been looking for some blues to get you moving, this is an album you should add to your collection.”

Gary Schwind, AXS Contributor, October 2014


This is an awesome release and one that you should really check out... but be ready to groove!

Bman’s Blues Report, October 2014


“It’s the sound of musicians who’s mastered their craft, stepping out, having a good time, and taking you along for the ride.”

Stuart A Hamilton, The Rocker, October 2014


FO'REEL/Heavy Water: Nawlins funk meets Bay area greasy jam blues… Rollicking stuff that keeps the party going all night long, this is not a journey back in time but it is a text book look at how it used to be. A wonderful, wild ride that careens through all your fave night haunts in fine style.

Midwest Record, September 2014


"I threw in Fo'Reel and it knocked my socks off (and I wasn't wearing any!!!) They were played on last week's show and will continue to be played."

Beardo, Bandana Blues


“If you like Tower of Power or New Orleans Funk, this band is for you. I heard Dave Gallaher play the track "Shake & Bake" from the album the other day in the car and as soon I as got home I bought the MP3 album at Amazon.”

"received this comment from a listener” - Dave Gallaher, WJAB, Huntsville, AL


“These days ‘Heavy Water’, the debut album of Fo’Reel, the only possible alternative to the dream team (that is the most southern in the world), the Royal Southern Brotherhood.”

Edward Fassio, radiocatfish, catfishblues July 2014


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