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Lonnie Knight & Easy Money
Easy Money is a powerhouse blues-rock trio featuring the strong lead guitar playing of Lonnie Knight. Knight, former lead guitar player with the Hoopsnakes, is a veteran of the Twin Cities music scene, playing guitar both solo and in bands since the 1960's, even spending a number of years in a country band. His playing draws on many influences and he brings an eclectic approach to his blues guitar playing.

The band plays a more contemporary, guitar driven style of blues. "After all, we're just a bunch of white boys from the suburbs," said Lonnie. Because the band is led by Knight, much of the material draws upon strong blues-rock guitar songs from Freddie King, Albert Collins, Son Seals and Buddy Guy to Robben Ford, Delbert McClinton, Dire Straits and John Haitt as well as a few original compositions. Lonnie was recently named one of the area's top blues guitarists by the Twin Cities Blues News, and has been nominated for the Guitarist of the Year Award by the Minnesota Music Academy.

Besides Knight, the band's fine rhythm section is made up of J. Hancuch on drums and Richard Fadness on bass and vocals. Hancuch has been playing drums for over 30 years and is versed in many musical styles ranging from jazz to country, although the blues has always been his personal favorite. Fadness was a founding member of Twin Cities favorites, Whiskey River and brings a strong groove to the band. They will be performing on Saturday after the festival at The Reef Bar.

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