Thread: Back Door Slam "Roll Away"

jszfunk - 4/22/2008 at 07:04 PM

Here is a band I ran into while surfing the web. Pretty cool stuff. Here are a couple of links to check them out and listen to some songs. 1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1208891048&sr=8-1

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Hailing from the United Kingdom s Isle of Man hardly a bastion for the blues Back Door Slam is fronted by 20-year-old singer, songwriter and guitar prodigy Davy Knowles, and has already begun to develop a following in the U.S. via high profile performances at SXSW in Austin and the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis. From the same Running Media Group management stable as multi-platinum Grammy nominee Corinne Bailey Rae, they recorded the album at the Isle of Man s DAM Studios with RMG s Dave Armstrong producing.

One of the season s most compelling debuts, ROLL AWAY finds Back Door Slam displaying its powers of what has been described as "Back To The Future Blues" on a diverse program of tough rockers, moving ballads and cleanly executed blues. Highlights include the guitar-driven opener Come Home, the dark Albert King-styled Heavy on My Mind, rock-funk groover Takes a Real Man, and the album s one cover song, the highly-charged Outside Woman Blues. Too Good for Me is a quiet, change-of-pace piece featuring mandolin and guitar; it is more folk than blues, more Bruce Springsteen than Stevie Ray Vaughan. Stay is a powerful paean to a fallen comrade (the band s original rhythm guitarist, Brian Garvey, killed in an auto accident in 2004), while the title song, a reflective, largely acoustic track with Celtic overtones, deals with a young man s love of his safe, idyllic home and his need to break away for the uncertainties of the world beyond.

Back Door Slam s name comes from the Robert Cray blues classic, and Cray s influence and that of other blues greats like Eric Clapton, John Mayall, Rory Gallagher, early Fleetwood Mac plus the late Stevie Ray Vaughan imbues their intoxicating, guitar-driven sound. Knowles, who also writes most of the songs, first picked up the guitar at age 11 after hearing Dire Straits Sultans of Swing on his father s cassette. Skipping the usual three-chord songbook approach to learning the instrument, he taught himself to play the classic song in its entirety and, in doing so, also discovered his destiny.
After hearing Back Door Slam at SXSW in March, 2007, Patrick MacDonald wrote in the Seattle Times: I heard the spirit of Jimi Hendrix coming from the open, streetside windows of a joint called B.D. Riley's. It was Red House, executed superbly by a surprisingly young trio called Back Door Slam, from the Isle of Man in the U.K. The club was packed and so was the street outside. Folks were transfixed by this kid on guitar, who played with a fiery spirit and sang with conviction, making the song his own

[Edited on 4/22/2008 by jszfunk]

[Edited on 4/22/2008 by jszfunk]

mash535 - 4/22/2008 at 09:56 PM

I saw him doing "Red House" on YouTube. Very impressive!

sniff - 4/22/2008 at 11:14 PM

There whole CD is great, just about a daily listen.

lonomon - 8/11/2008 at 12:29 PM

Just picked this up and got the EP as well.

These guys are great. hope they go far.

Missed an opportunity to see them live recently, but need to
catch them live I think.

TerriB - 8/11/2008 at 01:05 PM

I have a copy of Roll Away signed by all 3 lads in front of me. I was able to see them twice last month. They give me hope for today's youth

DarylM - 8/11/2008 at 10:17 PM

They are opening the Kid Rock/Skynyrd concert in
Toronto....I bought the disc in the US several weeks
ago but still haven't gotten around to playing it.

Mulehead1 - 8/11/2008 at 10:34 PM

They are opening the Kid Rock/Skynyrd concert in
Toronto....I bought the disc in the US several weeks
ago but still haven't gotten around to playing it.

They are opening the show for these guys this Thursday at Riverbend. Ticket sales are so bad this year they are offering 6 lawn for $99.

zeke53 - 8/13/2008 at 11:42 PM

I saw them at the XPN festival...Terri B was there too.
They don't do much of the innovative variety...but they are damn good at what they do. And if you like the cd, they are much better live. People in the front were yelling stuff, and the kid was just smiling and laughing - clearly enjoying playing.
Usually at festivals, there are no encores because of the time between acts is tight, but the crowd insisted and they did an encore...problem was that the kid tossed his pick to a cutey that was dancing right in front. So he come out and is freakin with no pick...a photographer ran up and gave him a coin (nickel I think), so they started playing and he's using this coin...turned around and held it up for his bandmates to see, and turns around laughing and playing. A member of the next band came in from the side and gave the kid a pick, and then all was right with the world again!!
I ran into him walking down a path later and I had my Got Slide (Sonny Landreth) shirt on...he stops and we chat for awhile as he told me he loves Landreth's slide stuff.
Very real, very humble, and very good.


TerriB - 8/13/2008 at 11:52 PM


Speaking of Sonny, I imagine you're going to see him tomorrow night, right?

I'll be getting ready for Wharfstock '08 and the ABB(!!!) at PNC tomorrow, but I'm sure Sonny's show will be a good one.

zeke53 - 8/15/2008 at 02:06 AM

I opted not to drive almost 2 hours through Philly rush hour traffic for that show, but will see Sonny Sunday in Lancaster, PA...
did go into the city though to see friends, the John Train band featuring Slo-Mo on lap steel and Mark Tucker on pedal steel. Free show at a little neighborhood park - just got it in before the rains came...sort of a slide appetizer, lol


dougrhon - 8/15/2008 at 02:19 AM

They're touring with the Mule in the fall.


oldblue - 9/9/2017 at 12:16 AM

Well I just found Davy Knowles by happenstance and he's on stage with Warren and the Mule....this is from 2008....

oldblue - 9/9/2017 at 12:58 AM

Wow, gotta post this one too.....

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