Guitar Magazine Japan August, 2019 - Gear & Interview

Guitar Magazine Japan August, 2019 - Gear & Interview

PREMIER Guitar February, 2018 - Opening Notes

PREMIER Guitar February, 2018 - Opening Notes

PREMIER Guitar April, 2016 - Parliament Funkadelic: A Funk Guitar Roundtable

PREMIER Guitar April, 2016 - Parliament Funkadelic: A Funk Guitar Roundtable

Blackbyrd McKnight is one of the greatest guitar players around,” (George) Clinton says. Prior to joining P-Funk in 1978, McKnight was in the Headhunters and worked with jazz legend Charles Lloyd. “He was in the band with Dennis Chambers—they were the Brides [of Funkenstein] band—and they were the band that just kicked Bootsy’s ass and our ass.” - Tzvi Gluckin


Another arresting performance came from the expressionless DeWayne “Blackbyrd” McKnight, who owned the epic guitar solo on “Maggot Brain.” McKnight played a customized teal Fender Stratocaster, squeezing out a tone so sharp and hot it could cut through steel. He echoed several melodic passages from original Funkadelic guitarist Eddie Hazel’s classic recording. - Cornerstone Berkeley, Feb 19, 2020” - Alexander Baechle

RIFF Magazine

George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, DeWayne McKnight and Sly Stone are mythological members of the jazz and funk circuit....DeWayne “Blackbyrd” McKnight launched into a cosmological guitar solo, with tones that shredded away my shortcomings, my insecurities and my sins. - Taos Vortex, September 6, 2019 ” - Luke Standley

The Daily Lobo by University of New Mexico

DeWayne "Blackbyrd" McKnight as the longtime fixture of the P-Funk universe tore it up on the epic guitar lead that was "Maggot Brain." The stoner-rock groove of a very psychedelic "Dog Star (Fly On)" - Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, August 17, 2019 ” - Ed Masley


Longtime Parliament-Funkadelic guitarist DeWayne Blackbyrd McKnight ushered in the party to end all parties with a jazz-funk solo affirming that he is indeed a rock god. - Aragon Ballroom, June 2, 2019” - Laurie Fanelli

Eponymous Review

5 reasons to see George Clinton live #3 : Blackbryd Guitar Solos Most of the time you think of funk music you don’t think of ripping good guitar solos, but that is yet another thing that sets George Clinton and P-funk apart from the rest. While the majority of P-funk songs have the standard funk guitar rhythm sections, every now and then you get DeWayne “Blackbyrd” McKnight tearing it up with his famous extended guitar solos. - December 26, 2018 ” - Derek Tobias

That was demonstrated most generously on the 1971 Funkadelic instrumental “Maggot Brain,” once a showcase for the late guitarist Eddie Hazel, but now a wondrous vehicle for Blackbyrd McKnight. With the band whittled down initially to a trio, McKnight stoically stormed through the tune’s psychedelic slow-burn, a blast of raw blues and soul-inspired introspection. Clinton sat behind him, flashing more broad smiles like a justifiably proud father figure. - Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center, August 24, 2018” - Walter Tunis

Lexington Herald Leader

On “Maggot Brain,” of course, it was to guitarist DeWayne “Blackbyrd” McKnight, who impressively replicated the late Eddie Hazel’s legendary guitar solo. - 930 Club, August 3, 2018 ” - Julian Kimble

Washington Post