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.
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:
“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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