Damian Knapp/Blues

Damian Knapp/Blues

BandBluesSinger/Songwriter

Sliding a bottleneck up the neck of his metal body guitar, Damian delivers original blues songs as well as a grand tour of acoustic blues styles. Damian is a one man act, singing about his own life and carrying on the legacy of the 1920's and 30's Delta and Piedmont blues legends who inspire him.

Biography

Damian Knapp has been performing as a singer/guitarist for the last ten years. In January of this year, he travelled to Memphis,TN to perform at the 2006 International Blues Challenge. In 2005 and '06, he headlined the Columbus, Ohio 'Comfest' at the Russell St. Garage downtown. Also, he performed on the acoustic stage at the 2005 'Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival' in Gahanna. On October 9th of last year, Damian won the Columbus Blues Alliance's Sixth Annnual Blues Challenge, in the acoustic category, and earned a trip to Memphis,TN to perform on Beal St. On February 28th, Damian performed at the 11th annual Columbus Traditional Acoustic Blues Festival, sharing the bill with national acts Paul Oscher(Muddy Waters), Colin John, Michael Hill, and Daniel "Slick" Ballinger, as well as regional favorites Mike Lenz and Biersdorff and Kolbe. In the 2005 July/August issue of The Columbus Blues Alliance "Bluespaper", Damian was the 'Featured Musician' and his blues CD, 'Hellhounds and Hot Foot Powder' was reviewed. The review stated, "Damian loves the Delta blues and it shows in his song selection and his mastery of the steel guitar. His love of the music, and the artists who brought it to him, is evident in his interpretations. If you like acoustic guitar and Delta Blues, this CD is for you!" Damian has appeared on the cover of the CBA "Bluespaper" three times in the last year, and is a regular in the 'BluesCam' (photo page) section of the paper.

'Will You Cry When I Die?', Damian's new CD, was released in January of 2006, through CDbaby. His new CD is a collaboration between Damian and his father, Peter Knapp. After years of quarrel and estrangement, they reunited in the summer of 2003. They spent that summer writing music together, when Peter died suddenly on October 16th 2003, just weeks before they were to begin recording. Damian then spent the next two years recording thier vision, a singer/songwriter vibe with blues, jazz, reggae, and classic rock sounds. For sound clips and information about this project, visit: sonicbids.com/damianknapp or www.damianknappmusic.com

Damian released 'Hellhounds and Hot Foot Powder', his tribute to the Delta Blues, in early 2003. He explains in the liner notes that once he discovered Robert Johnson, he began seeking out other artists of the same era, and it shows on his CD, with covers by Charlie Patton, Son House, Tommy Johnson, and Muddy Waters. After recently travelling to Clarkesdale, Mississippi(the home of the Delta Blues), Damian has plans to release a new blues CD in the fall, featuring photography from the delta, classics from the 20's and 30's, and four new original tracks. Stay tuned for details. 'Goin' To Realsville' is the new title of Damian's upcoming acoustic blues release.

Discography

Final Justice-2002 Hellhounds and Hot Foot Powder-2003
Will You Cry When I Die?-2006
Goin' To Realsville-fall of '06 or early '07

Set List

Death Letter- Son House
Moon Goin' Down- Charlie Patton
Nobodies Fault But Mine- Blind Willie Johnson
Tsunami Blues- Damian Knapp
Chesterfields-John Jackson
Make Believe Stunt-Blind Rev.Gary Davis
Pumpkin Boy- Damian Knapp
Scary Dude- Damian Knapp
Big Road Blues- Tommy Johnson
I Be's Troubled- Muddy Waters
Goin' To Realsville- Damian Knapp
Jivin' Woman Blues- Blind Boy Fuller
Georgia Blues- Blind Blake
They're Red Hot- Robert Johnson
Crossroads- Robert Johnson
Grinnin' In Your Face/Preachin' Blues- Son House