Congratulations to Marquis, it has been fun watching his talent mature on stage here in St. Louis. We are such a lucky city to have young Blues talent bringing it!
Best Blues Artist - 2010
Blues enthusiasts in St. Louis have known about Marquise Knox since he was fifteen years old and already demonstrating vocal skills and stage presence that rivaled veteran performers two or three times his age. Now people elsewhere are beginning to catch on; Knox has been fielding requests to appear at blues festivals across the United States and in Europe, in addition to his busy gigging schedule at home. True, Knox, now nineteen, remains something of a diamond in the rough, with plenty of room to polish his skills as a guitarist, harmonica player and songwriter. (And artistic growth notwithstanding, there are plenty of other ways a young musician might get knocked off track.) Time will tell. Knox's dedication to the blues, innate feel for the music and the excitement he has already generated mark him as an exceptional talent whose future development will be of continuing interest for blues fans everywhere.