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Damian Knapp - Songwriter/Guitarist/Performer

  

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Damian Knapp Bio - Damian Knapp-Songwriter/Guitarist/Vocalist

Welcome to the musical mind of Damian Knapp. This site is dedicated to his original music. Hailing from the rust-belt of northeast Ohio, Damian's music fuses Blues with 50's Rock and Roll, Early Jazz, Americana, and Alternative sounds. He performs about 150 shows per year and constantly records his original music. A storyteller at heart, Damian sings about America's back roads and the daily struggles of living in an old rust belt city like Warren, OH. Warren is the seat of Trumbull County in between Cleveland and Youngstown, OH. 

In 2019, Damian has plans to release two new albums of original material. 'Decay In Our Cities' is a Blues album that features Damian's acoustic and electric guitar playing. Besides his formidable guitar chops, Knapp believes in the characters he sings about and considers himself first and foremost a songwriter. He likes to describe his new blues album as a "Grand Tour of the Blues" because so many different styles of Blues are represented on the album. NYC's Elmore magazine stated that, "Damian Knapp is well-versed in the blues and plays a mean slide guitar."

'Maui in the Sun' features the lyrics of Peter Knapp (Damian's Father) and the musical ideas of Damian. Father and Son wrote an album's worth of material before Peter's death in 2003. Maui in the Sun fuses a mix of Blues-Rock, Reggae, Jazz, and Psychedelic sounds. Their music was described as "an unexpectedly eclectic blend of rootsy Americana, colorful hippie-ish jams, and subtle blues." (Karen E. Graves-Columbus, OH)

Currently Damian plays guitar and sings in The Damian Knapp Band, Testify-A Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Damian Knapp's 1950's Rock and Roll Tribute. When he performs as a solo act, Damian genre hops between 1920's and 30's Jazz and Blues, 90's Alternative, Classic Country, Blues-Rock and Classic Rock Pop favorites of the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's at the requests of his audience.

During his twenty-three year career as a professional musician, Damian has had the opportunity to perform with many of his favorite national blues acts and play countless music festivals and iconic venues around his home state of Ohio. He has twice participated (2005 and 06) at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. As a performer, Damian has played legendary venues such as Packard Music Hall, Canton Palace Theater, Beachland Ballroom. Beal St. (Memphis) and many more. He has shared the stage with the likes of Magic Slim (RIP), Devon Allman, Tab Benoit, John Hammond, Foghat, Tinsley Ellis, among several others. 

Damian is not out of Nashville or Los Angeles and he is not going on a music game show anytime soon. Always a rebel, he disdains the new era of the guitar shredder.  Having no interest in being a gunslinger guitarist, Knapp believes if a solo cannot be sung it should probably not be played. Damian only plays and writes music that he believes in. His art is a reflection of his everyday life in his hometown of Warren, OH.  Stay tuned as 2019 looks like a very important year in the life of musician/artist Damian Knapp.