Gig: Alex McKown Band – The Verge, Hyde – 17 Sep 2011
Posted on: Tuesday, Sep 6, 2011
The Alex McKown Band at The Verge, Hyde on Saturday 17 September
Direct from playing a stellar set at the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival the Alex McKown Band performs at The Verge in Hyde, Manchester on Saturday 17 September.
The show starts at 8pm with a set of “Acoustic Blues Americana” from Michael Parker and Lee Buckle who have toured with the likes of Walter Trout and Joe Bonamassa.
Advance tickets @ £5 are recommended and can be bought by calling Graham on 0161 368 8769 or 07802 293 854.
The Verge is a great small friendly venue www.the-verge.co.uk
Alex McKown first picked up the guitar when he was 6. When he was 8 he got an electric guitar for Christmas and then spent many hours playing along to the likes of Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn and BB King. When Alex was eleven he started having lessons from Samuel C Lees and his passion for the blues developed. In 2008 Alex played his first gig with his own band at the Moon and Sixpence in Glossop and the local paper carried the headline “Guitar Prodigy is Star of the Future” and when the next gig was announced the headline was “Brilliant Blues not to be Missed”.
Alex started to listed to the artists appearing at the major blues festivals in the UK and made contact with Hamilton Loomis from Texas. Hamilton was impressed and invited Alex to guest on his 2009 UK tour. This exposure opened up many doors for Alex and he was invited to perform at a number of UK Blues Festivals with his own band.
In 2010 Alex had the opportunity to play for Joe Bonamassa prior to his sold out show in Sheffield and Joe said “the blues as a great future with talent like that”.
Earlier in 2011 Alex played two shows at the Zinc Blues Festival in France and other artists at this festival included King King, Chantel McGregor and Mitch Laddie.
Also in 2011 Alex released his debut CD “Crossing Boundaries” and the original songs written by Alex are getting considerable air play on blues radio shows. Alex was also name checked live on air by Paul Jones during his BBC Radio 2 show as a blues prodigy.