Davy Knowles – Tickets – World Cafe Live Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA – October 27th, 2017

Davy Knowles

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Davy Knowles

Greg Sover Band

Fri · October 27, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

World Cafe Live Philadelphia

$20 ADV - $22 DOS + Fees

Mezzanine tickets are subject to a premium service fee that will be applied at checkout.

Davy Knowles
Davy Knowles
Hot on the heels of the 2015 album release The Outsider, the full-length documentary Island Bound, and an extensive tour schedule, Isle of Man-born Davy Knowles announces his new album Three Miles From Avalon. This collection of new songs sees Davy returning to his roots, and the sounds that first ignited his passion for music.

Recorded exclusively in his adopted hometown of Chicago, the capital of electric blues provided Knowles with a landscape steeped in legend, inspiring him to creatively explore the genre of music he’s always loved – energetic, guitar driven blues-rock.

Knowles began the recording process for Three Miles From Avalon with a fresh approach, one that has resulted in a dynamic, gutsy sound: “I wanted to go back to the basics. The band and myself have racked up a lot of playing time together, and we have really started to gel. I wanted to capture that ‘live’ feel in the studio

This led naturally to a back-to-basics approach, and a search for authenticity when it came to recording the new material: “My favourite sounding records are certainly older ones, recorded to tape, with minimal fuss or overdubs. I wanted that lovely warm, vintage sound that only tape and glowing tubes can do.”

A raw, vintage sound is evident in the album’s opening two tracks, the hard-driving Ain’t Much Of Nothing, and a long-time live favourite, What You’re Made Of, a homage to one of Davy’s musical heroes: “Rory Gallagher has been a huge influence for me, his energy and drive was so mesmerising. I wanted to get back to that high energy, big guitar riff style of writing.”

Falling Apart, the album’s third track, adds dark drama to the record’s driving pace with its smoky verses and heavy, snarling, blues riff. “I’ve had this song kicking around for a long time, but it wasn’t until I had found this guitar pedal called ‘The Octron’ (one of only two pedals used by Knowles on the entire album) that the song and the riff really came to life, it’s got this wonderful menacing sound.”

Weaving a moment of pathos into the tracklist is Oxford MS – a fictional account of shady dealing and violence. Storytelling has always been a vital ingredient in Knowles’ work: “Songs with characters and stories have always grabbed me, and I wanted to write one in the blues and gospel vein, it’s a story of blackmail, gambling and regret, though certainly not an autobiographical one!”

Yet it’s the title track, Three Miles From Avalon, which brings to the fore very personal aspects to a tale. “The song is really all about being slightly further away than where you want to be, and the frustration that comes with that. Avalon is this Arthurian legend, the Island that could never be found. It became my metaphor for things just out of my grasp.”

The song also reveals the musical influences close to Davy’s heart, showcasing his love of blues and classic rock with affection

The album closes on a hat tip to one of the all-time greats, Willie Dixon, with a re-working of his blues classic What In The World. Performed with a live, ‘after hours’ feel, the track showcases Knowles’ confident and distinctive guitar playing, but also a powerful solo on the Hammond B3 by Andrew Toombs – demonstrating that Knowles and his tight-knit band all possess not only stunning technical ability, but soul too.
Greg Sover Band
Greg Sover Band
It has been an exciting year for the Greg Sover Band! We look forward to returning to World Cafe Live and our first opportunity to perform on the downstairs stage in support of Davy Knowles. The band is gaining momentum after a triumphant performance at Phoenixville Blues Festival on September 9th, for which the band got a standing ovation and was given an encore. After the band’s set there were brisk sales of Sover’s CD Songs of a Renegade and new fans were lined up at the stage for Sover’s autograph. The band also gained notice with a solid set at Philadelphia Folk Festival.

The band has also begun to get airplay across the U.S. and internationally. An astounding eight of the ten songs on Songs of a Renegade have gotten airplay, primarily in blues radio programming. And great reviews are coming in for Songs of a Renegade and the band’s dynamic live performances. This is some of what’s being said:

Talk about the total package – amazing guitar work, soaring vocals and a classic
rock feel… Every song crushes the competition, exposing the hidden talent that is
this Philadelphia blues rocker. He deserves a national stage for his music…
We don’t know why this artist has not become a huge star, but we are offering his
Songs of a Renegade our highest recommendation. Get it NOW!
– LAMusicCritic.com

Some people were born to play the guitar. That seems to be the case with Greg
Sover... Backed by some of the best in Philly – Allen James, Garry Lee and Tom

Walling, this is a band on the rise. “Moment,” “Déjà Vu” and their cover of “Ain’t No Sunshine” are highlights of the CD Songs of a Renegade. See them live in area
clubs now!
– Cyndy Drue, Radio Personality, WMGK, Philadelphia

A clean, polished album and a nasty, guitar-heavy live show... took everyone by
surprise...but knowing the A-Team involved in this project and Greg's musical
abilities, it shouldn't have been.
– Jesse Lundy, Talent Buyer, Point Entertainment

The band has also begun to record the follow-up to Songs of a Renegade with a planned release date of early 2018.
Venue Information:
World Cafe Live Philadelphia
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104