Marquise Knox is a blues prodigy, who exploded on the
St. Louis scene! Marquise grew up listening to Lightnin'
Hopkins, Muddy Waters, Johnny Lee Hooker, and B.B. and
Albert King. He’s since performed with legends
like Henry Townsend and Honeyboy Edwards! One of the
most exciting young players to emerge in St. Louis,
Marquise embodies the soul and essence of a veteran
bluesman, with his command of guitar and harmonica combining
with his energetic showmanship. Get out and see Marqusie
live, in the meantime here's a brief look at Marquise
ARE YOU FROM?
I'm from St. Louis Mo. where I've lived the majority
of my life. Guitar is my preferred musical instrument,
because I can express myself. I can play the strings
any way that i want. My early musical influences were
my great uncle Clifford and my grandma Lillie Mae and
my great uncle Joe - he brought me my first guitar.
Somewhere along the line the whole family is musically
inclined. I grew listening to Lightnin' Hopkins, Muddy
Waters, John Lee Hooker, B.B. and Albert King and so
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE MUSICAL MOMENT?
I have done one recording but I'm working on another
one. I've had some great gigs at B.B.s and I've got
to play bass behind Honeyboy Edwards and talk to Louisiana
Red. My favorite gig was playing gospel for my uncle
Tom. He lived down in Grenada, Ms. so he couldn't hear
me play. So I went down there and played for him. it
was my favorite but all at the same time it was hard
because he was on the bed side looking at me straight
at me - he and the family knew what each other was thinking
because he was there dying with lung cancer.
DESCRIBE YOUR MUSICAL PATH
My musical path was and still is hard. For me it was
easy getting known in St. Louis because everybody wanted
to help this kid out. Then after I got in to what I
call the small chittlin' circut that where the business
got going. Some places would pay you good, real good
then it almost like you were B.B. King. But there are
people that underpay you, by this I mean $50-$75 for
the whole thing. Now I've been doing this not a long
time but a long while. I know that it's time for the
other side of the world to know who I am. I work so
hard in St. Louis now it's time for someone to help
me get known across seas. that's how my path has been.
I want to be known and as big as B.B. King throughout
the whole world. I want everyone to know about this
15-year-old kid that can play the blues as if I was
there when it was made, and to show that the young kids
can do something with their life.
STATE OF THE BLUES
People don't appreciate the blues as the people in other
cities do, but St. Louis does have some of the most
talented bands in the world... we are just overlooked.