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Davy Knowles with Cory Branan
4200 N Western
Oklahoma City, OK 73118

Date: Sunday February 18, 2018 07:00 PM
Doors: 6:00 PM - This event is All Ages with Restrictions
Promoter: 79th Street Soundstage
 
Headliner:
   Davy Knowles
   Cory Branan
"MY FAVORITE MODERN BLUESMAN" - JOE SATRIANI

"DAVY KNOWLES HAS IMMERSED HIMSELF IN THE STYLES OF MANY GREAT PLAYERS, EMERGING WITH HIS OWN BRAND, AND PLAYING WITH A SMILE ON HIS FACE." – BERNIE MARSDEN

THE OUTSIDER - "A LONG AWAITED ALBUM FULL OF GEMS"- BLUESDOODLES.

"DAVY KNOWLES. KNOWLES PLAYS THE BLUES WITH THE SINCERITY OF SOMEONE TWICE HIS AGE" – DANIEL ERIKSSON, GIBSON TOP 10 MODERN BLUES GUITARISTS

FORMER BACK DOOR SLAM FRONTMAN DAVY KNOWLES IS BACK OUT TOURING IN SUPPORT OF HIS LATEST STUDIO ALBUM "THE OUTSIDER", HIS UPCOMING FILM DOCUMENTARY "ISLAND BOUND" AND A SERIES OF NEW BLUES RECORDINGS SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE FROM Q1 2016. In addition to prolonged radio and digital media campaigns, from May 2015 Knowles will hit clubs and festivals across the USA, including residencies at The Iridium, NYC and in his adopted home-town of Chicago, a string of dates with Brian Setzer and George Thorogood and on Joe Bonamassa's prestigious /Blues Alive At Sea/ cruise in February 2016.

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 in 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 Back Door Slam, an acclaimed debut album, and rave reviews at SXSW 2007. (I heard the spirit of Jimi Hendrix -- Patrick MacDonald, Seattle Times). 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 at 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 albums Top 3 Billboard Blues Chart. "Davy already has a recognizable style. He's definitely the gunslinger guitarist of the 21st century," - Peter Frampton

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General Admission $20.00
Door: $25.00
ADIOS is Cory Branan's death record. Not the cheeriest of openings, but like all of Branan's mercurial work, it's probably not what you think. As funny and defiant as it is touching and sad, this self-dubbed "loser's survival kit" doesn't spare its subjects or the listener.

Not even Branan's deceased father is let off the hook. In the tender homage "The Vow" he drolly cites his father's favorite banality "that's what you get for thinking".

Not all the death on ADIOS is literal mortality. "Imogene" is sung from the wreckage of a love that once "poked fun at the pain, stoked the sun in the rain" but ends with the urgent call to “act on the embers, ash won't remember the way back to fire.”

The trademark lyrical agility is mirrored sonically. Never a genre loyalist, ADIOS finds Branan (much like his musically restless heroes Elvis Costello and Tom Waits) coloring outside the lines in sometimes startling shades of fuzz and twang. While unafraid to play it arrow-straight when called for (“The Vow,” “Equinox,” “Don’t Go”), ADIOS veers wildly from the Buddy Holly-esque rave up “I Only Know” (sung with punk notables Laura Jane Grace and Dave Hause), through the swampy “Walls, MS” to the Costello-like new wave of “Visiting Hours.”

The blistering punk of “Another Nightmare in America” bops along daring listeners to “Look away, look away, move along, nothing to see here” (the song is written from the point of view of a racist killer cop). And as the mourning singer on “Cold Blue Moonlight” shifts from paralysis to panic, the song’s jazzy drone shifts to an almost Sabbath fury. The tonal shifts are always deliberate and not just simple genre hopping; while the turns can be jarring you can trust Branan to take you somewhere unexpected.

The 14-song album was self-produced and recorded in the spring of 2016 at Tweed Studios in Oxford, MS with a tight three piece: Branan on lead vocals and guitar (both electric and acoustic); Robbie Crowell (formerly of Deer Tick) on drums and percussion, keys, and horns; and James “Haggs” Haggerty on bass. Additionally, Amanda Shires contributes on fiddle and vocals, and Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! and Dave Hause provide guest vocals.

Cory Branan has four previous full-length releases: The Hell You Say (2002, Madjack Records), 12 Songs (2006, Madjack), Mutt (2012, Bloodshot Records), and The No-Hit Wonder (2014, Bloodshot). His music has received critical praise from the likes of Rolling Stone and Rolling Stone Country, NPR All Things Considered, Noisey, Wall Street Journal, Paste Magazine, Oxford American, Consequence of Sound, Southern Living, and many others.
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