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"Everyday I do my King Biscuit Time Show I hear,see and meet new faces in the blues field. I don't like to single any one person out, but in this case there is no way for me to skip one of the most important and up and coming guitar and harmonica players that will make you sit up and take notice. His name is Elam McKnight."---Sunshine Sonny Payne, Host King Biscuit Time
"This is an album packed with good vibes and feeling, raw and passionate. Catch Elam now before a big label signs him and smooths him out too much--Dave Drury, BLUES MATTERS
THE MOST READ BLUES MAGAZINE IN GREAT BRITAIN!
"Blues rock all the way. Elam McKnight's song writing talent is more than evident and takes this CD release to the room of fine listening. sings with everything he has to offer. Blues never felt so good. (4 out of 5 stars)"
Roots Music Report www.rootsmusicreport.com
(Reached #10 on the Roots Blues Chart)
(5 out of 5 stars) One of the best and most authentic debuts I have heard in a while! Elam McKnight brings new energy and emotion to an art form that is reinventing itself. The acoustic songs show versatility in his style and playing. Would really like to see him live andletting loose on these Blues! Simon Aguilar KYNR Crazy Coyote BluesPortland, Oregon
Joining forces with Elam McKnight is Harmonica virtuoso Keith Carter who comes to the states from Great Britain. Keith Carter has performed with numerous blues artists including U.K. blues icon Georgie Fame, modern blues star Keb Mo, and Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame inductees TheYardbirds, whose roster at one time or another included Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, and Jeff Beck. Some of the best and brightest have said of Keith Carter, You are better than any harmonica player that I have heard in the States. Tim Boyking, Guitarist of the Year in Alabama 2001. Cant wait for a new album, for more great playing. Mick Pini, Voted Best Blues Guitarist in Europe. Keith is a welcome addition and he and Elam are prepared to get out there and tour wherever the "Deep Blues" is needed. Read some insights from those who have had the pleasure of witnessing Mr. Carter's skillfulness on his instrument of choice:
Great Blues harmonica players are becoming very scarce. Keiths abilities, particularly in the realm of acoustic blues are practically without peer. Acoustic blues is one of our great American art forms, an art form that is gradually becoming extinct.
Kenny Mullins has fronted for and toured with legendary performers such as Chuck Berry, Bonnie Raitt, Doc Watson, Willie Nelson and Iggy Pop.
Keith Carter is a fine sensitive harp player recalling the low down and swinging East Coast piedmont style ala Sonny Terry, Buddy Moss and Jordan Webb and moans with the best of them! Keith listens and plays with his fellow musicians like a true Rural Blues man, a rare quality indeed in todays climate of blasting extended electric guitar solos."
Mississippi Max Haymes, Blues Historian, Lancaster, England
Author of I Believe Ill Dust My Broom, African American Womens Blues from the Deep South & Origins of Soul Music
Four appearances on the nationally syndicated King Biscuit Radio Show with
the legendary host "Sunshine" Sonny Payne. This is the longest running radio
show in America and Mr. Payne refers to the two as "one of the most up and
coming guitar and harmonic players that will make you sit up and take notice."
Ground Zero Blues Club, Clarksdale, MS (during the Sunflower Blues Festival)
Delta Cultural Center, Helena, AR as part of their monthly concert series
Otha Turner's Annual Picnic, Gravel Springs, MS. (Otha Turner was featured
in the recently released Martin Scorsesse documentary "The Blues" on PBS.)
Prairie Dog Blues Festival, Prairie Du Chien, WI * West Tennessee Appreciation of the Arts Festival * Hopkinsville Jazz and Blues Festival, Hopkinsville, KY
Appearance on Beale street, Memphis, TN including a live television
appearance on the morning talk show "Live at 9" on CBS-WREG.
Elam and Keith have shared the stage or appeared with the following blues
and R&B artists: Robert Lockwood Junior * Pinetop Perkins * Bobby Rush *
Richard Johnston *The Spinners *Bernard Allison * Fat Possum recording artists
Robert Belfour, T-Model Ford, and Kenny Brown and Cedric Burnside (RL Burnside) *
Sharde Thomas and the Rising Star Fife and Drum Band * J.D. Simo * Nora Jean
Brusso * David "Honey Boy" Edwards * Nora Jean Brusso* Big George Brock and the
Family Band *Jimbo Mathus * Cedell Davis * Bobby Rutledge * Mr. Tater "the
Music Maker" *Terry "Harmonica" Bean
Elam and Keith have appeared at the following venues:
Ground Zero, Clarksdale, MS w/ Richard Johnston Cathead Records, Clarksdale, MS part of the Sunflower Blues Festival Hopson Plantation, Clarksdale, MS
Sarah's Kitchen, Clarksdale, MS with the Burnside Exploration
Frank Frost's Juke Joint, Helena, AR Blue Monday Concert Series, Jonesboro, AR event for Arkansas State Memphis Records, Memphis, TN
Beale Street Tap Room, Memphis, TN Jake's Roadhouse, Atlanta, GA WRFG Radio
Borders Books and Music (Various Locations) Brackin's Blues Bar, Maryville, TN
Bourbon Street Boogie Bar, Nashville, TN It's All Good Café, Nashville, TN
Elam**Charley Patton-Blind Boy Fuller- Blind Willie Johnson-Blind Lemon Jefferson- Robert Johnson- Willie Brown- Sleepy John Estes-Yank Rachell- Hammie Nixon (The West TN BOys) THe Mississippi Shieks- THe Beale Street Jug Band- Muddy Waters- Elmore James- Hound Dog Taylor and ALABAMA RED (Obscure Beale Street Musician)
Keith- Paul Butterfield, Sonny Boy Williamson, Junior Wells, Little Walter
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