Davy Knowles makes his Bluesfest debut in 2017, however he is no stranger to festivals having played Coachella, Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo with his band Back Door Slam.
The journey began for Davy Knowles growing up in the Isle of Man, learning to play guitar from listening to the likes of Gallagher, Clapton, Knopfler, Green and Mayall from his father’s record collection, and honing his skills playing the local music circuit. Knowles's professional career started with a bang – arriving in America age 19 with his band, an acclaimed debut album and rave reviews at SXSW 2007. From that dynamic introduction, Knowles proceeded to make a significant impact across US media – from memorable TV performances on Jimmy Kimmel and Good Morning America, to a three year run on radio with the singles 'Come Home' from the debut album Roll Away and 'Tear Down the Walls' and 'Coming Up For Air’ from the Peter Frampton produced sophomore album – both reaching Top 3 in the Billboard Blues Chart.
His 2016 album Three Miles From Avalon sees Davy returning to his roots, and the sounds that first ignited his passion for music. Recorded exclusively in his adopted hometown of Chicago, the capital of electric Blues, provided Knowles with a landscape steeped in legend, inspiring him to creatively explore the genre of music he’s always loved – energetic, guitar driven Blues-rock. The album reveals the musical influences close to Davy’s heart, showcasing his love of Blues and classic rock with affection.
Knowles’ is known for his confident and distinctive guitar playing, commanding solos and tight-knit band, who possess not only stunning technical ability, but soul too.
“Davy already has a recognizable style. He’s definitely the gunslinger guitarist of the 21st century,’’ – Peter Frampton
“I heard the spirit of Jimi Hendrix”- Patrick MacDonald, Seattle Times