XPN Fest Recap: Davy Knowles brings bluesy rock to close out the Marina Stage

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Davy Knowles | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

Shouts of “Davyyy!” were in full force even before Helen Leicht came on stage to lead the crowd in a full-blown, proper chant of the blues rock favorite’s name: Davy Knowles.

Once on stage, the former Back Door Slam member did what he does best: he slayed that flippin’ guitar of his. Playing tracks off his newest album, Three Miles from Avalon, along with old favorites, Knowles and his crew fed off the crowd’s energy for a heavy, searing set.

And the crowd loved him for it. The rest of his band also received the love as the crew joined in giving some kickass solos. I mean, the pianist was literally slapping away at the keyboard at more than one point during the performance, while the bassist on “Outside Woman Blues” threw a much welcomed dose of funk into the bluesy rock mix. Ending with a Crosby, Stills & Nash cover of “Almost Cut My Hair,” they sent off the XPN Fest Marina Stage in how every festival should be sent off: with utterly crunchy guitar.

Setlist
Catch the Moon
What You’re Made Of
Riverbed
Coming Up For Air
Outside Woman Blues
Almost Cut My Hair (Crosby, Stills, & Nash cover)

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