How does a 17-year-old kid raised in Vicksburg, Mississippi play his first gig in Chicago and wind up with 165,000 views and 4,000 shares of his performance on Facebook? Well, if you are Harrell ‘Young Rell’ Davenport, who started playing harmonica and guitar at seven years, the answer is easy: he is a rising star in the blues world.

A dexterous and inventive guitarist and a fat-toned harmonica phenom, Young Rell is already a commanding vocalist and a poetic and poignant songwriter. Whether he is accompanying himself on guitar while playing harmonica on a rack and singing, or alternating between guitar and harmonica with an ensemble, Young Rell sings his songs with sincerity and without a hint of affectation, working the stage with the poise and charisma of a veteran performer.

A prolific and engaging presence on social media, Young Rell has created a global community of fans and followers who have not only praised his talent but engaged enthusiastically with him on the subject of musicianship, musical instruments and past generations of famous and obscure blues inspirations.

As a child, Rell navigated personal struggles and trauma by immersing himself in music that was born in response to oppression and hardship. He found solace studying and expressing himself in the blues.

His community building and graceful social interaction have landed him relationships and experiences with the greatest blues artists alive today. He has been championed by Billy Branch, Kingfish Ingram, Bob Margolin, Bernard Allison and many others. He has already performed at the King Biscuit Blues Festival, both of Morgan Freeman’s Ground Zero Blues Clubs in Mississippi, Red’s Juke Joint in Clarksdale, and many more.

This blues singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is fired up and bound for your venue…all you got to do is call!

“In my 46 years of teaching Blues in Schools, never have I encountered anyone as young as Harrell Davenport with such a laser focused drive and ability to play the Blues as it was played in the bygone golden era of the masters.”

– BILLY BRANCH

“I’m a proud blues mama when I see and hear young blues artists, like Young Rell. Sometimes this world seems so dark, then along comes this light that amazes us. Young Rell is that light.”

– DEITRA FARR

UPCOMING SHOWS

April 11th-12th
Juke Joint Festival Clarksdale, MS

April 27th
Rosa’s Lounge Chicago, IL

July 11th
The Historic Wallace Blues Festival Wallace, ID

September 28th-29th
The Eastside Kings Festival Austin, TX

October 11th
The King Biscuit Blues Festival Helena, AR

November 8th-9th
Blues Heaven Festival Frederikshavn, Denmark

Harrell ‘Young Rell’ Davenport

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“YOU SO FINE”
live solo at the Logan Center, Chicago, IL
“BOTTLE IT UP AND GO”
home recording

The popular viral video concert at the Logan Center in Chicago

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