Damian Knapp

Damian Knapp

 Warren, Ohio, USA
BandAlternativeBlues

Twenty-Two years in the biz, busy performance schedule, produces his own original music that showcase a myriad of musical styles,including Alternative, Album Rock, Americana, and Acoustic and Electric Blues. His new CD, Maui In The Sun, is a collaboration between Damian and his late Father, Peter Knapp, and showcases the slide guitar playing of Damian.

Biography

Singer/Songwriter and Guitarist Damian Knapp has enjoyed twenty-two years working as a professional musician. He has explored a myriad of musical styles both acoustic and electric infusing Blues, Rock, Americana and Alternative sounds. Damian constantly records new material and performs live, has been featured at major musical festivals, and has shared the stage and/or played with several national recording acts, including Magic Slim, John Hammond, Tinsley Ellis, Devon Allman's Honeytribe, Watermelon Slim, Back Door Slam, Eric Sardinas, Anthony Gomes, Tab Benoit and Foghat. Hailing from the rust belt area of northeast Ohio, Damian currently performs 10-15 shows per month with The Damian Knapp Band, his Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute band Testify,  Fester Presley Band and as a Solo Acoustic performer playing a wide variety of music depending on what the venue and audience request.

Damian has traveled extensively to spread his music at various showcase events. A participant at the 2006 and 2007 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, Damian fulfilled a lifelong dream when he performed on historic Beal St. and at the world famous Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, MS, the home of the Delta Blues. After traveling south, he headed east and showcased in NYC three times in 2007 for Elmore Magazine and Eagle Rock Records. In their August 2007 issue, Elmore stated, “”Damian Knapp is well-versed in the blues and plays a mean slide guitar.”” WNCD Youngstown 93.3 FM “Tangled Up In Blues” radio host Cornel Bogdan summed up his opinion when he was quoted saying, “Damian is old school as it comes. He’s back porch blues, and that’s what I love about him.” Also during this time, one of Damian’s CD’s, Will You Cry When I Die?, was signed to the Chicago online indie music site Fresh Tracks Music, from which he was culled to perform for the anti-smoking Debunkify Mobile Tour when he headlined one of the premiere live music venues in Cleveland, Ohio The Beachland Ballroom.

Damian’s summer concert season is always filled with music festival dates. While living in Columbus, OH from 2006-08, he caught the attention of the Columbus Blues Alliance, and has been performing in the region ever since, including the 2005,2008,2010,2011, 2012, 2014, and 2016 Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival, the 2005 & 2006 COMFEST, the 2010, 2011, and 2012 Canal Winchestor Blues and Jazz Festival and the CBA Traditional Acoustic Festival in 2006. In his hometown of Warren, OH, Damian was the first local band to be selected to perform at the annual River Rock Concert Series at the Warren Amphitheatre, earning a slot in 2010, 2011, and 2012 and playing in front of 5,000 music fans annually. In September of 2013, Damian was selected to portray Stevie Ray Vaughan in the inaugural performance of the Off Broadway musical Ghost of the Blues at The Palace Theatre in Canton, OH. Earlier that year he performed at the 2013 Canton Blues Festival.

 

Damian has released several albums during his career: The Americana sounding Final Justice (2002); the solo Acoustic Blues of Hellhounds and Hot Foot Powder (2003); the electric blues guitar record Decay In Our Cities (2010); and the eclectic musical mix of Maui In The Sun (2018). 


Lyrics

Be With Me

Written By: D. Knapp/P. Knapp

When you see me cry
And tear myself down
When I chase my demons
Thru the darkside of town
That’s when you can Be With Me
That’s when you can Be With Me

When I yell and scream
And call you names
When I make you hate me
Leave no one left to blame
That’s when you can Be With Me
That’s when you can Be With Me

When I throw my wishes
Into the deep blue sea
When you can learn to live alone
That’s when you can be free

That’s when you can Be With Me
That’s when you can Be With Me
Baby, that’s when you can Be With Me

When you see me naked
And all my stuff's in pawn
When we beat the dragon
'Till the break of dawn
That's when you can Be With Me
That's when you can Be With Me
That's when you can Be With Me
Baby, that's when you can Be With Me

Discography

Final Justice-2002

Hellhounds and Hot Foot Powder -2003

Decay In Our Cities-2010

Maui In The Sun-2018

Live From Realsville-2018

Last Messages- The Spoken Word Art of Peter Knapp-2018



Set List