That term is not used very much in today’s musical landscape. With technology such as Auto-Tune, Pro Tools, and other computer programs, the art of playing the guitar and just jamming seems to be a lost art form for the millennials.
Think back to when rock and roll first started. There were always some guitarists that stood out from the others and every decade there seemed to be a few that improved upon their skill and technique.
The ’50s saw Chuck Berry and Carl Pickens.
The ’60s were led by Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix.
The ’70s had Jimmy Page and Ritchie Blackmore.
The ’80s saw the emergence of Eddie Van Halen.
The ’90s had Slash and Tom Morello.
Even “youngsters” Jonny Lange and Kenny Wayne Shepherd have been around for over 20 years. So where are the great young guitarists of today?
Let me tell you, there is a great guitarist out there and his name is Davy Knowles.
Knowles and his band played an awesome set of blues at the Music Box Supper Club on Friday night that had the whole place rockin’. He is out supporting his latest album Three Miles from Avalon that was just released on Friday.
Opening the show with “Ain’t Much of Nothing” from his new album, Knowles set the tone for the rest of the evening.
Playing a well worn Telecaster, Knowles’ voice and playing ability were in the spotlight all night. Whether it be uptempo songs like “Tear Down the Walls” or the slow smoldering jam “Gotta Leave,” Knowles proves time and again that he has the chops to play with the best of them.
In the middle of the set, the band left the stage and Davy switched to a nice acoustic guitar to play a three song set that featured some tasty slide work.
The band returned to rock out on “Overload” and “In a Little While.”
If you like the blues, do yourself a favor and check out this young “Guitar Hero” the next time he comes to town. In the meantime, grab his latest album and give it a listen. You will be hooked, just like I am.