XXI Century Blues - Present and Future of The Blues
Marquise Knox - "The blues was passed to me through the blood"
Marquise was born in 1991 in St. Louis while his mother was visiting family. They returned to their home in Granada, Mississippi, but moved back to St. Louis a couple of years later. Marquise still resides in St. Louis, but spends much of his time in Grenada and play the Delta’s many juke joints and festivals. Knox’s debut album Manchild (2009) was nominated for a Blues Music Award for Best New Artist Debut. The album was recorded when he was 16, in two nights, during an ice storm in a church with the renowned Michael Burks and his band. The release received worldwide acclaim, including Living Blues' Best Debut Artist Award and a Blues Music Award nomination for Best Debut Artist. Marquise released his second album, Here I Am (2011) once again recorded at the legendary Blue Heaven Studios in Salina, Kansas. It features Marquise and his band, with a little help from Wayne Sharp of Michael Burk’s band sitting in on B-3 and piano. Nine originals, and three reverent covers of Marquise’s favorite Muddy Waters tunes.