The Alex McKown Band
Alex McKown was born in 1996 and he first picked up the guitar when he was 6 years of age. When he was 8 he asked if he could have an electric guitar for Christmas. Alex quickly progressed and spent many hours playing along to guitar legends such as Eric Clapton and BB King. When Alex was 11 he started to have lessons from Samuel C Lees at Tameside Music Academy. A passion for the blues was ignited! Alex developed his performance skills by performing regularly at the blues/rock jam at The Whittles in Oldham before first appearing with his own band at the Moon and Sixpence in Glossop at the age of 12!
By 2011 Alex was established as one of the young stars of British blues, performing two shows at the Zinc Blues Festival in France and also appearing for the second time at the Colne Festival on the British Stage. The highlight of 2011 was a nomination in the British Blues Awards and inclusion in the Best Newcomer Poll by Blues Matters magazine. Another nomination in the 2012 British Blues Awards resulted in a letter of congratulations from the Houses of Parliament!