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.

Pierre Menefield


Pierre Menefield, originally from Southern California, grew up playing with Nathan East in San Diego. He also played the Los Angeles music scene along with several festivals over his extensive career.  Pierre was influences early on by a variety of musicians including Buddy Rich, Billy Cobham and Tony Williams.  Additionally, he has opened for B.B. King, War, The Call and has played with Grant Geissman, Howard Glazer and Eliza Neals.  Pierre provides the powerful, funky groove that is the foundation for Fo’Reel, he is The Funk Master!

Raymond Shall


Raymond Shall, began performing professionally in the 60’s with a variety of local Louisiana artists. His passion for music was obvious at an early age and this is clearly reflected in the style in which he performs.  During his long and diverse career he has been inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, as well as, The Westbank Musicians Hall of Fame. He has toured the country with many New Orleans musicians and has worked at a number of the most popular clubs in the French Quarter.  Additionally, Ray has performed several times at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival with some great artists, such as; Willie Lockett, C.J. Cheramie,  Rene’ Netto and Bobby Lonero.

Mark Domizio


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!


Jack Cruz


Chewy Black


Jack Cruz, is the last original member of the Roadmasters. Since the 1980’s, Jack has collaborated and co-wrote several songs on numerous recordings throughout the years with Walter “Wolfman” Washington, and he has toured the world many times over.  Jack has been has been described as “irrepressible” and a “powerful” bass player and brings some NOLA Funk to the band.

Chewy Black, originally from New Orleans and inspired by Earl King, started out by playing Trombone and later became a drummer for ZZ Hill.  Chewy began singing while opening for Buddy Ace and toured with Johnny Adams, ZZ Hill, Buddy Ace and Joe Tex.  He is a dynamic front man who appears to have endless energy, which he uses to enhance his distinctive, versatile and soulful voice.


“’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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