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Knowles takes State Theatre stage Oct. 20

Davy Knowles brings blues and rock to the Zumbrota State Theatre on Friday, Oct. 20. Photo courtesy of Crossings at Carnegie

ZUMBROTA — Blues, rock and roots musician Davy Knowles brings the State Theatre stage to life Friday, Oct. 20. His music is reminiscent of old-time blues made brilliant by Knowles himself. He lights up the stage with masterful ownership of his craft.

Throughout this musical journey, Isle of Man-born Knowles has kept "the blues" close to his heart.

"I love the guitar as an instrument, it's so versatile and endlessly challenging, but whilst I will try play any style to meet that challenge, blues is the music I first fell in love with, and I have always connected deeply with it," Knowles said. "I enjoy playing the historian and am fascinated by all facets of the genre, from the earliest field recordings, to the more recent guitar gods that electrified and supercharged this music. It's from all along this timeline that I like to draw influence from."

Knowles' journey started with the local music circuit, leading to coming to America at the age of 19 in 2007. He continues a relentless tour regime in support of his albums, taking in legendary festivals Lollapalooza, Memphis In May, Bonnaroo, and Austin City Limits and headlining shows at The Troubadour, Red Rocks, World Cafe and The Iridium. He also toured with Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, The Who, Warren Haynes, George Thorogood, Peter Frampton, Joe Bonamassa, Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Rhythm Devils, and the Satriani/Hagar inspired supergroup Chickenfoot.

"It's an incredible, inspiring education to play with musicians and artists of that caliber," Knowles said.

Knowles has earned the respect of fans, media and musicians alike, including some of his own musical heroes such as Peter Frampton, Joe Satrianni and Warren Haynes. Other highlights include playing live to Astronauts on the ISS from mission control in Houston — one of only a handful of artists to be invited to do so.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $24 at the door, available through Crossings. To reserve tickets, visit, call 507-732-7616 or stop in to Crossings at 320 East Ave., Zumbrota.