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Animas River Blues Festival is this Saturday. Tune-in for phone interview with Davy Knowles at 2:30.

The Sixth Annual Animas River Blues Festival gets underway in Aztec on Saturday, with 5 blues bands rocking Riverside Park starting at noon.  This year’s headliners are Davy Knowles and Back Door Slam, along with harmonica virtuoso Grady Champion, the Jeff Strahan band and more.

Tune-in today (7/7) at 2:30 for a phone interview with Davy Knowles. Knowles, born and raised on the Isle of Mann drew his musical influences from blues musicians that he grew up listening to such as Dire Straits, Peter Green, and Eric Clapton’s Cream.

Ironically, now young(er) guitar players are reading about him in the way he did about his heroes. Nick Anderman of the Village Voice wrote: “Davy Knowles, the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter, is talented like very few bluesmen these days. He shreds like a young Robert Cray and wails like the love of his life was just hit by a truck,” while Shane Harrison of the Atlanta Journal Constitution said: “If this were a more just world, the band’s startlingly talented guitarist, singer and songwriter Davy Knowles would already be a star.”

Such acclaim continued as the band played clubs, concerts and festivals and shared billings with George Thorogood, Buddy Guy, Kid Rock & Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Who and the legendary jam band Gov’t Mule. They also appeared on television’s CBS Early Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live as well as on NPR’s World Cafe and Voice of America’s Border Crossings.

After parting company with his bandmates Jones and Doyle early this year, Knowles began to record the follow up to Roll Away. Scheduled for release by Blix Street this summer, the recording is produced by Grammy-winning singer-songwriter-guitarist Peter Frampton, who also features on the album.

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