Saturday, November 20 / 1:00 p.m.
VICTOR WAINWRIGHT & THE TRAIN
plus DAVY KNOWLES
Doubletree Grand Ballroom
Since the release of his first album, “Piana From Savannah,” in 2005, bodacious piano man Victor Wainwright has been a force to reckon with in the American roots scene.
The Georgia native started out as a honky-tonk/rock player, but has since expanded to a genre-defying mix of blues, Americana, jam, soul, funk, jazz — even psychedelia.
He has won six Blues Music Awards, charted No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Top 10, and was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2019 for “Victor Wainwright and The Train.”
In April 2020 they released “Memphis Loud,” full of what Wainwright calls “original music that walks a tightrope between scholarly respect and anarchic irreverence.”
The Train includes Billy Dean on drums, Terrence “Sweet Tea” Grayson on lead guitar, Dave Gross on second guitar, Mark Earley on sax and Doug Woolverton on trumpet.
Victor Wainwright Website
Davy Knowles is a late addition to the Reading Blues Fest, replacing Dawn Tyler Watson, who, unfortunately, had to cancel her appearance due to COVID-related travel and visa issues.
Thankfully, Davy was available to join the co-bill with Victor Wainwright.
Davy Knowles burst onto the scene in 2007 with his band ‘Back Door Slam,’ garnering rave reviews, national US television appearances (Jimmy Kimmel Live, Good Morning America), extensive triple-A radio airplay, and two top-five Billboard Blues charting albums.
On his aptly-titled Provogue Records debut What Happens Next, roots singer-songwriter and guitarist Knowles boldly steps forward with timeless and cohesive songwriting; sleek modern production; and a lyrical, play-for-the-song guitar approach informed from soul, folk, rock, and blues. The 12-song album is just as influenced by The Black Keys, Fantastic Negrito, Gary Clark Jr., as it is Muddy Waters, Junior Kimbrough, and R.L. Burnside.
What Happens Next s something of a departure from Knowles’ fired-up and reverent take on blues and Americana, featuring poetic songwriting and soulfully emotive vocals that steal the show.
Davy Knowles Website
Photos by Joseph A. Rosen