Monday, May 12, 2014

Alex McKown at The Crown Inn

Another of our 6 Juke Joints, The Crown Inn welcomes the ultra talented Alex McKown Band at 9pm on the opening night of the festival.

The Crown Inn - Alex McKown at 9pm

Click to see the Alex McKown Band at Nantwich Jazz and Blues Festival 2014

Alex McKown was born in 1996 and he first picked up the guitar when he was 6 years of age. When Alex was 11 he started to have lessons from Samuel C Lees at Tameside Music Academy. A passion for the blues was ignited! Alex developed his performance skills by performing regularly at the blues/rock jam at The Whittles in Oldham.

Alex then started to listen to the artists appearing at the major blues festivals in the UK and met Hamilton Loomis from Texas over the internet. Hamilton kindly agreed to let Alex sit in on his UK tour in 2009.

Alex then performed with his own band at The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival in Colne in 2009 and 2010. Alex performed two shows at the Zinc Blues Festival in France in 2011 and also appeared for the second time at the Colne Festival on the British Stage.

Alex is a finalist in the 2014 British Blues Awards for the fourth year in succession and his band have been featured on two significant albums "The Cream of Electric Blues" and  "Suitcase Full Of Blues", alongside the likes of Joe Bonamassa, Walter Trout, Robert Cray and The Royal Southern Brotherhood.

The new album "Go with the Flow" was released in January 2014 and radio stations across the world have featured tracks. In April 2014 a track was played on the Paul Jones Show on BBC Radio 2.

In 2014 the band have played at The Great British Rock and Blues Festival, Bowness Bay Blues Festival and Nantwich Jazz and Blues Festival.

Friday night's line-up is:
Alex McKown: Guitar and Vocals
Simon Peat: Saxophone
Lee Buckle: Bass
Martin Schofield: Drums

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