Elam McKnight Band
• Elam McKnight Band land #1 on Roots Music Report Chart
• #1 on multiple playlists for month of October
• Upcoming appearance on Memphis Television (WREG)
• Upcoming appearance on legendary show King Biscuit Time
The Elam McKnight Band has reached #1 on the Country Blues Album Chart for the week of Oct 29th for their album “RADIO”. This is a national chart released by Roots Music Report, a charting and airplay tracking system for independent music worldwide.
The Elam McKnight Band is a Multi Generation band from West Tennessee that consists of members ranging from Dudley Harris, a 63 year old Blues Man from Henderson, TN, to Tucker Carroll, a 14 year old guitar prodigy from Bradford, TN. Eddie Phillip, of Jackson, is the group’s drummer.
“We are very pleased at the response our album “Radio” has gotten. People are playing it all over the world and we are getting contacted with so many positive things” said the band’s namesake Elam McKnight. “We are prepared to make some really cool appearances in the coming weeks and months and look forward to seeing everyone and performing all the songs from this album.”
The Album Radio has also found itself on many top 25 playlists for the month of October including these top chart positions:
#1 WBZR Keith Castleberry The "L.A." Blues Cruise WBZR 105.9 FM P.O. Box 710 Atmore, AL
#1 WGMC Jim McGrath “Blues Spectrum” WGMC 90.1 Rochester, NY
#1 KSPQ Robert Pendergrass KSPQ West Plains MO
#1 WMHB Patrick Turlo “MAYFLOWER HILL BLUES “Waterville, ME
The Band will also be appearing on television later this month on WREG Memphis on the “Live at 9 “ show with host Marybeth Conley to talk about the album.
Elam McKnight, acclaimed roots artist from West Tennessee, needed a band of note. After over twelve years of recording and touring as a solo artist, McKnight searched for the perfect band to solidify the live sound he was reaching for. It took three years to find the magic. Enter 62-year-old Blues Man Dudley Harris on bass and vocals. Joining Harris in the rhythm section is Jackson native and resident, Eddie Phillips. The latest member, Tucker Carroll, is a 14-year-old year old guitar virtuoso whose skills belie his heretofore short time on Earth. This crew is a true rarity, a multi-generational band whose roster spans three generations of gifted musicians all steeped in the traditional music of their region.
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 hip-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.
After a lifetime of playing the real-deal blues in and around his native stomping grounds of Henderson, Tennessee, 62-year-old Dudley Harris has seen and heard it all. “Me and my brother started in the old days as just boys playing in and around them all night Juke Joints in Jackson, TN. We were country boys and these guys, managers I’d call them, would come out to the country and get us, take us into town and we’d play all night. Didn’t care we just wanted to play. That’s how I learned to play them blues.”
Joining Harris, and filling out the Elam McKnight Band rhythm section, is Jackson native and resident Rock-N-Roller Eddie Phillips. Steeped in the music of the West Tennessee region, Phillips also has the unique distinction of being Carl Perkin’s mail man. “Carl used to teach me so much, not only about music. He was always incredibly supportive and generous, sharing his wisdom about the industry and life in general. He was always exuded kindness and humility. I was blessed to live in a small town and have Carl be a part of my life.”
After the trio completed their first studio album, a new wrinkle appeared. “We needed that one element to fill out the sound. We were there as a three piece and just needed that one edge. We had considered a keyboard player. Then Tucker came to fore.”
Tucker Carroll is more than just your typical 14-year-old kid. He is a 14 year old self-taught musical prodigy from Bradford, TN. He began playing the drums at eight years old. He then quickly moved on to the piano, bass, and guitar. Tucker has deep musical roots and a rich heritage in rockabilly, being the grandson of Rockabilly Hall of Famer, Charles Carroll. Tucker cut his musical teeth on rockabilly, but found the sweet tones of the blues to be his wheelhouse.
Tucker has gained recognition for his skilled and artful playing, catching the attention of accomplished musician and song writer, Ed King, original band member of Lynyrd Skynyrd and cowriter of their classic hit Sweet Home Alabama. Ed saw a video on Facebook of Tucker playing the guitar and invited him to lunch. Ed was impressed at how well he played and the fact that he was using very heavy gauge strings on a big hollow-body guitar. They began to get together from time to time to swap guitar licks. Ed gave Tucker tips and advice to improve his playing. The two became fast friends and Ed still mentors Tucker to this day. As they say--the rest is history.
"This young man reminds me of myself when I was 14. Kid, you're gonna be a solid player,” says King.
"Tucker Carroll plays with an incredible amount of energy. I love this guy!”--- Ed King
McKnight has toured the US and Europe. He has shared billing with many of music's legends, luminaries, and rising stars including but not limited to Jonny Lang, Little Milton, Kenny Wayne Sheppard, BB King, Ana Popovic, Double Trouble (Stevie Ray Vaughn's former rhythm section), Jimbo Mathus, The North Mississippi Allstars, Bobby Rush, The Muddy Waters All-Stars, Valerie June, Scott H. Biram, Willie King, Moreland and Arbuckle.