Davy Knowles w/ Indigenous feat. Mato Nanji, Modern Colour

Davy Knowles

Davy Knowles has known what he wanted to do with his life since the age of 11.

I was in the car with my dad, and he put on a cassette of Dire Straits' 'Sultans of Swing,'" explains the 21-year-old guitarist, singer and songwriter. "I just fell in love with the music then and there. That track changed my life, and I realized, 'I really want to be able to do that."

Hailing from the Isle of Man, the tiny kingdom in the middle of the Irish Sea, might have posed a challenge to that childhood epiphany for a lesser talent. Instead, Davy just borrowed his father's acoustic guitar and painstakingly learned to play "Sultans of Swing" by ear.

As a teenager, he mined his father's record collection to learn all he could about 'the blues' and he discovered John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Rory Gallagher, to name a few. Then I began reading guitar player magazines and started seeing who the people I was influenced by had listened to, which is how I learned about Blind Willie Johnson and Robert Johnson Davy explains.

He played in bands throughout his school years - usually as the "kid" among older players - and, ultimately, formed Back Door Slam with his school mates. The band's debut recording Roll Away, which featured Adam Jones on bass and Ross Doyle on drums, was released by Blix Street Records in June, 2007. Knowles wrote all but one of the tracks on the record, which became a Top 5 staple on Billboard's Blues chart.

Ironically, now young(er) guitar players are reading about him in the way he did about his heroes. Nick Anderman of the Village Voice wrote: "Davy Knowles, the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter, is talented like very few bluesmen these days. He shreds like a young Robert Cray and wails like the love of his life was just hit by a truck," while Shane Harrison of the Atlanta Journal Constitution said: "If this were a more just world, the band's startlingly talented guitarist, singer and songwriter Davy Knowles would already be a star."
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Such acclaim continued as the band played clubs, concerts and festivals and shared billings with George Thorogood, Buddy Guy, Kid Rock & Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Who and the legendary jam band Gov't Mule. They also appeared on television's CBS Early Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live as well as on NPR's World Cafe and Voice of America's Border Crossings.

After parting company with his bandmates Jones and Doyle early this year, Knowles began to record the follow up to Roll Away. Scheduled for release by Blix Street this summer, the recording is produced by Grammy-winning singer-songwriter-guitarist Peter Frampton, who also features on the album.

Despite the thousands of miles he's already logged on the road - 300+ dates in 18months to support their debut CD in America - Davy's anxious to get back out there to play. "You should play music because you love doing it," he says, "If you can hang in for the long haul, you're doing what most people can't, and you're incredibly lucky."

He's begun to call America "home," but there's a hint of wistfulness when he speaks about the Isle of Man, a feeling addressed in the title song of Roll Away: "It's a beautiful place and I feel lucky to have grown up there - but you can't forget that there's also a world out there beyond it."

And for Davy Knowles, the next stop is the world.

Indigenous feat. Mato Nanji

First coming into prominence in the mid 90's, Indigenous and Mato quickly made a name for themselves by being the first Native American band to hit the billboard charts, (#22), with the single "Now That Your Gone"off of their freshman album. Nanji is widely considered by the best in the business themselves, as being one of their own, having graced the stage with such legends as B.B. King, Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, The Dave Matthews Band and Los Lonely Boys just to name a few. Rolling Stone listed them as one of the best touring acts to attend nationally! To quote a good friend and fellow fan of Mato Nanji, " As a blues/rock guitarist? That man is a beast!" Your jaw will hurt from stepping on it after you see Mato Nanji perform live!

Modern Colour

Although they first presented themselves as Philadelphia’s answer to the deconstructed blues-rock sounds pioneered by Jack White and The Black Keys, Modern Colour expanded their sound by listening to hip-hop, neo-soul, Americana, and funk. They embraced these genres by working and performing with artists representative of each one. By the time they recorded their debut EP ‘Rally at the Summit’ in the Spring of 2012 they had already established themselves as a powerhouse band in the Philadelphia music scene. They did this by becoming one of the house bands for the Legendary Dobbs open jam sessions, as wells as opening for national touring acts. Their constant collaboration with other artists has led to a live sound that is full of sonic experimentation and the melding of genres.

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Friday, September 6 · Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:30 PM at The Blockley