Video: Davy Knowles shows Morristown fest that great things come to those who wait

Davy Knowles at the 2019 Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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By the time Davy Knowles and his band took the stage on Saturday night to close the Ninth Annual Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival, I was fried.

Bang off a few pictures, shoot a video clip or two, and collapse in a beach chair. That was the plan.

But then Knowles started playing…and I couldn’t take my lens off him.

Video: Davy Knowles ‘Ain’t Much of Nothing / What’s the Use,’ in Morristown:

This set was a long time coming. Rained out as last year’s headliner, Knowles seemed hell-bent on showing everyone what we missed.

Davy Knowles at the 2019 Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

 

The blues can be pretty heavy. (They don’t call ’em the brights, after all.)  Yet this guy was having fun, lots of it.

Rocking his beat-up Telecaster, bounding onto Rick King’s drum riser, trading riffs with keys player Andrew Toombs, flashing mischievous grins at bassist Tod Bowers … Knowles, 32, clearly enjoys his profession.

Video: Davy Knowles ‘Every Man for Himself,’ in Morristown:

Davy Knowles at the 2019 Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

“One of my heroes, Rory Gallagher, he was like, ‘You just go up there and you play your hardest and you sweat as much as you can, and you do your best,’”  he told me last year.

If this is how people get the blues on Knowles’ native Isle of Man, book me as a medical tourist. Time to fill some prescriptions.

 

Davy Knowles at the 2019 Morristown Jazz & Blues Fest. Slideshow photos by Kevin Coughlin.

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Faces in the crowd, 2019 Morristown Jazz & Blues Fest. Slideshow photos by Kevin Coughlin and Jeff Sovelove. Click/hover on images for captions:
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  1. As the PR maven for the Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival, I cannot thank Morristown Green enough for helping us reach the right audience. We advertised on MG for a couple of months and it was a very fruitful and economical investment. If you ever need any endorsements, Kevin Coughlin, I’m happy to provide one. Keep up the incredible work for the Morristown region!

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