Damian Knapp - Songwriter/Guitarist/Performer
Damian Knapp Bio - Damian Knapp-Songwriter/Guitarist/Vocalist
Damian Knapp is not based out of Los Angeles or Nashville and he is not participating on a music television game show anytime soon. Always a rebel and outcast, he disdains the modern era guitar shredder. His ART is a reflection of his life living in Warren, OH, an old rust-belt city nestled between Cleveland and Youngstown. First and foremost a songwriter, Knapp sings about the backroads, characters, and social issues facing his hometown. Perhaps no other place in America is more fitting for a bluesman in modern times than Warren, OH as she has been hit hard by deindustrialization, job losses, crime, and the heroin epidemic. Damian does not sing songs about riding hobo on a train or picking cotton because he has never done those things. His music and image are, as he calls it, "From Realsville"
Welcome to the musical mind of Damian Knapp. This site is dedicated to his original music. He performs about 150 shows per year and constantly records his original music.
In 2020, 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."
Later in 2020 Damian plans to release 'Maui in the Sun' which 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.