Tennessee-based singer/songwriter Elam McKnight and his band draw upon the region’s blues, rock and country roots.
When McKnight was 15 years old, his uncle took him to Beale Street in Memphis, Tenn.—a practically mythical place in blues history—to soak up the sounds of local musicians. Bewitched by Muddy Waters, Sleepy John Estes and a mix of punk, rock and hop-hop, McKnight delighted in finding such a plethora of musical inspiration in one place. Discovering a worn R.L. Burnside album on the sidewalk reignited his passion for music and confirmed that it was his calling. His music is deeply personal and emotionally intense.
Both Braid My Hair (2003)—McKnight’s debut album—and The Last Country Store (2005) met with critical acclaim and popular success. McKnight often collaborates with renowned musicians, such as GRAMMY Award-winning drummer Tom Hambridge. After 12 years of recording and touring as a solo artist, McKnight (guitar, vocals) has created the Elam McKnight Band featuring Dudley Harris (bass, vocals, guitar) and Eddie Phillips (drums).