SEATTLE, WA (September 12, 2012) - Named #6 in Gibson’s Top 10 Modern Blues Guitarists (August 2012), Davy Knowles releases his version of Woody Guthrie’s "Pastures of Plenty" in celebration of this year's Woody Guthrie Centennial with a portion of proceeds being donated to WhyHunger. With this partnership, Davy announces his membership in WhyHunger's Artists Against Hunger & Poverty program.
"Pastures of Plenty" is being released in advance of the upcoming album produced by Steve Chrisanthou (Corinne Bailey Rae) due for release in early 2013 through Rogue Island Entertainment.
'It's a song of hard times, of itinerant migrant workers crisscrossing the dustbowls of America in search of 'green pastures of plenty' while somehow hanging onto their dreams", said Davy Knowles. "In this current eco and commercial climate, Woody's words seem just as relevant today. Whilst in no way comparing myself to a 1930's crop picker or construction worker, as a migrant musician myself, I do feel privileged to work in this great country and can truly relate to this song."
"Davy's commitment to working with us is evident with the release of his latest single, "Pastures of Plenty", said Hillary Zuckerberg, Director of Artists Against Hunger & Poverty. "With many of our grassroots partners struggling right now due to drought, environmental and financial issues, this song resonates strongly with the work of so many farmers and workers whose job it is every day to feed their communities throughout the world. We are honored to have the song associated with us and to receive a portion of proceeds from its sales."
Since his first US show at SXSW and the release of his debut album, ROLL AWAY in 2007, Isle of Man's Davy Knowles has performed over 500 gigs internationally. His sophomore album, COMING UP FOR AIR, produced by GRAMMY Award winner Peter Frampton, lead to opening slots with Jeff Beck, Gov't Mule and a hugely successful 30 date romp throughout the US supporting the Sammy Hagar/Joe Satriani inspired "super group", CHICKENFOOT. After playing his own dates in Europe, the UK and Australia, the whirlwind culminated back in the USA with Davy guesting with the legendary RHYTHM DEVILS.
WhyHunger is a leader in building the movement to end hunger and poverty by connecting people to nutritious, affordable food and by supporting grassroots solutions that inspire self-reliance and community empowerment. Founded in 1975 by the late Harry Chapin & current Executive Director Bill Ayres, WhyHunger works to put an end to hunger suffered by 49 million Americans and nearly 1 billion people worldwide. WhyHunger's main programs include the National Hunger Hotline 1-866-3-HUNGRY, which refers individuals in need of emergency food assistance to soup kitchens, food banks, government nutrition programs & community organizations in their neighborhoods; the Grassroots Action Network, which provides information, networking opportunities, capacity building & access to over 8,000 anti-hunger & poverty community organizations across the United States and around the world; and Artists Against Hunger & Poverty which is supported by Bruce Springsteen, Michael McDonald, Chicago, Earth Wind & Fire, Joss Stone, Darryl McDaniels, Jackson Browne, O.A.R, and many others.
For more information visit www.whyhunger.org.
March 21, 2010 - Catching a rare performance by talented blues artist, Davy Knowles last month was definitely one of my gig highlights of February. Having known little about this Isle of Man born guitarist, I was completely blown away by how much talent one 22 year old could possess. Davy performed with his band, Back Door Slam at the quirky, 100 Club on Oxford Street (I recommend, if you are female taking in the epic grafitti in the toilet stalls). The crowd were fairly sedate until Davy took to the stage and massive cheers erupted around the room. He gave them everything they wanted - a seriously amazing performance; the most fantastically perfect guitar riffs that lasted for several minutes as well as an extremely long set. In fact the audience shouted for more for quite a long time after Davy and his band had left the stage to get some well deserved rest.
January 2010 - A large bus pushes along one of the seemingly endless roads that intersect the Sonoran Desert. Like an ant crawling along a mountain path, it is dwarfed by the sheer size of its surroundings. Inside the bus a mobile phone rings. A young man called Davy Knowles answers and hears the first question inevitably asked in these modern times, "Where are you?" - as opposed to the now old-fashioned and decidedly sentimental "How are you?" "I'm in the middle of nowhere," responds Knowles, "on a tour bus. We're on our way to Phoenix, Arizona."
September 19, 2009 - I got my ass kicked tonight at the infamous Seattle "Crocodile" by an English kid and guitar slinger by the name of Davy Knowles. And man, I saw the light. The breadth and depth of knowledge this young man has of music is just plain scary. There may be a "few" better guitar technicians, but this axe man has the X factor; that rare musical voice with gut wrenching soul and a whole lotta blues. And all of that at the young age of 22 and he flat out tears it up! No ma'am,' this ain't no pretender...
August 25, 2009 - If having your first name added to the name of your band is a bellwether for burgeoning celebrity, then you could say 22-year-old Davy Knowles has arrived. A British blues guitarist with a soulful baritone, Knowles has sort of an Stevie Ray Vaughan-meets-Richie Havens thing going on. His band, Davy Knowles and Back Door Slam, released an album earlier this summer called Coming Up For Air. Produced by Peter Frampton, the record is very much pop with a blues sensibility, rather than the other way around.
June 15, 2009 - Davy Knowles and Back Door Slam played here in Nashville this past week at a local club called 3rd & Lindsley. I've seen Back Door Slam once before, but since that time, Davy and the previous members of Back Door Slam split up. Additionally, Knowles worked with Peter Frampton on a recently released new album. I was curious to see how those changes would affect the live show.
April 15, 2009 - Luckily, Knowles had the talent to back up his behavior and soon after his school career ended his musical education began as he headed into the studio with his band, the no-longer-together Back Door Slam, to record his debut CD, Roll Away. Almost before the CD was finished, he was on the road, and he's never looked back.
April 10, 2009 - One of the better musical success stories of 2008 was the emergence of Back Door Slam, a trio of 20-year-olds from England whose debut album "Roll Away" delivered some of the best rock 'n' blues in decades.
But now the trio has split and Davy Knowles, the band's singer/guitarist and songwriter, is opening for British guitar god Jeff Beck, whose tour comes to Boston's House of Blues on Monday night.
Article in 'Guitar World'
August 2008 - Article in 'Guitar Player'
September 21, 2007 - "We're gonna play some blues kinda stuff for you," said teenage guitarist Davy Knowles as Back Door Slam kicked off a scorching Saturday afternoon set at ACL. Hailing from the Isle of Man, Knowles, bassist Adam Jones, and drummer Ross Doyle conjured up the blues-forged power trios of the classic rock era. Though Jones and Doyle never locked down like Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell (sound problems at the start didn't help), it didn't matter once Knowles set into his solos.
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