What happens when you gather A-list Sacramento Musicians with seasoned Northern California singer-songwriter Katie Knipp? A stunning result of emotive, catchy tunes on her 4th studio recording, an EP titled “Nice to Meet You”. “I wanted to go big this time,” says Katie. Aside from the usual Knipp on piano, acoustic guitar and vocals, the band consists of Gerry Pineda on both upright and electric bass, Peter Philis on drums, Chet Chwalik on trumpet, Jeremy Springer on Hammond B3, Samantha Olson on violin, and Blue Lamp owner Brant Stoner on electric guitar. The EP opens up with “Gone to Town”, a self-proclaimed “creepy” tune about a sweaty murder in the middle of a desert. “I like to write fiction here and there aside from the deeply personal songs life has forced me to create. It’s great fun!” Katie is an artist that doesn’t take herself too seriously, making for fun live performances in various formats—solo, band, duo, whatever the gig calls for. Her style encompasses mainly torch blues, rock, and folk, with comparisons from Bonnie Raitt to Tori Amos. Although many of her songs are “on the dark side”, she makes up for it by having such a great time on stage interacting with the crowd, having found that perfect balance for great entertainment. Her guitarist, also known as Kentucky Slim, can not only scream out Southern guttural blues on “Parade of Pain”, but also intimately generates heartfelt slide on “When I was a Child” and “Nice to Meet You”. “Waiting for Life to Begin” is a funky tune about her Mom’s life being saved with a liver transplant last December, upbeat and full of hope. This EP is a huge leap forward for Katie whose current roots are in Sacramento. Originally from Concord CA, it wouldn’t be a shock if the rest of the world finally catches on to this soon to be household name.
"Piano and dobro playing that is sweet and soulful"
Dave Alcock - Sacramento Blues Society (Nov 25, 2011)
"In the bed of her languorous, slightly drawling voice, she lets herself drift on the emotion of the moment. Katie Knipp has a knack for sad music to sound consoling."
Marcie - Rootstime, Belgium (Dec 16, 2010)
"A big THANK YOU to Katie Knipp for helping demo our mics at the AES convention!"
- Shure Inc. (Nov 7, 2010)
"Be sure to check out this up and coming star!"
Sadia Ashraf - N Magazine (Feb 10, 2012)
(Biography/photo feature on pages 114-115)
- Sacramento Talent Magazine (Oct 8, 2010)
Awarded Honorable Mention for the songs "Brother" and "Eyes Like Birds"
Mark Furnas, Jim Halsey - Billboard World Song Contest (Jul 31, 2010)
"With a voice that ranges from smoky blues to smokin' rock, Sacramento newcomer Katie Knipp is a delight to hear. The fact that she writes her own material – and it's really good – makes the whole package even stronger. Knipp has a degree in vocal music from Cal State Hayward and has sung backup for Barry Manilow and has opened for the Doobie Brothers, among others. Recently relocated to Sacramento, she said she wanted this introductory concert at Harlow's to be "extra special." It also will celebrate the release of her third CD, "Midnight Mind." To check out some sound clips and videos, visit her website: www.katieknipp.com"
Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2010/06/11/2811505/three-to-see-music-to-catch-around.html#ixzz0qYnAfWZ2
Jim Carnes - Sacramento Bee (Jun 11, 2010)
"Reminding me of the best days of Bonnie Raitt although the voice is different and you can write very good songs indeed. "Midnight Mind" has been a big and very pleasant surprise to me and I surely play it a lot on my radio show."
Massimo Ferro - Radio Voce Spazio, Italy (Apr 14, 2010)
"Katie's voice is a joy to hear in a world where so many contemporary female singers rush for 'ethereality' like lemmings at a cliff. Katie has no truck with 'ethereal', she's far too gutsy for that and she's one of the best Roots-related voices I've heard since Amy Speace." (Full Article Below)
Tim Peacock - Whisperin and Hollerin Magazine, Ireland (Apr 11, 2010)
"Bluesy singer songwriting young woman with a voice more mature than her years."
George Parsons - Dream Magazine, review of latest album "Midnight Mind" (Apr 6, 2010)
"A voice from the gut, resonant with singers like Janis Joplin and Maria Muldaur" (Full article below)
Michael Wright - Sacramento Indie Music Examiner (Feb 23, 2010)
"Blood curdling ballads with balls" (Full article below)
Johan Schoenmakers - Alt-Country Forum, The Netherlands (Feb 18, 2010)
"It is as heartfelt and true a collection of songs as you could hope to hear, while the writing and musicianship stand out from the crowd."
Review of "Midnight Mind" - New Artist Radio (Mar 15, 2010)
"Hot Damn! It's Dylan in a dress!" after seeing the performance of "Quiet Hell" off her latest dvd
Taz , keyboardist - Charlie Daniels Band
"Aside from her God-given talent, Katie is separated from the rest with her distinctive sound and insatiable passion to succeed."
Philip Towle - Performance Enhancement Coach for Metallica
"Katie is dynamite on both piano and guitar."
Matt Kramer - Pacific Sun Magazine
"She's one of the most dynamic singers and band leaders in the country right now."
Ukiah Daily Journal
Voted Number One Band in all of Marin County for 2005 and 2006
readers poll - The North Bay Bohemian
...“Katie Knipp is another chick with a guitar strapped to her wailing into a microphone, except she is really, really good. Quite a range on her pipes.”
Gene Mahoney - San Francisco Herald
“…one of the most dynamic and exciting live performers with great hooks and a tight band."
Jeff Irving, talent buyer - 19 Broadway Nightclub
“…if you’ve never seen Katie Knipp perform, you’re in for a real treat. One of my favorite bands."
Chris Lommori, Booking Agent - Lommori Productions
…“Keep a lookout for her. Katie Knipp. She's got a voice that'll knock your head off. With love.”
Going Out Magazine
(Review of "Midnight Mind", translated from Dutch)
The talented Katie Knipp from Northern California can sing, play piano and write. The inspiration for her songs are plucked from her own life and those of others. With her soulful vocals, it invests mainly in the emotion of the song, the intimate piano accompaniment provides additional emotion. She has been playing piano since she was fifteen and she chose the uncertainty of a musical study beyond that of medicine. She can now boast a bachelor's degree in vocal music, but also self-taught on guitar.
After her previous "Take Her Down" from 2005 was "Midnight Mind" her third studio album, although only thirty-four minutes, clearly the quality prevails. The ten songs are imbued with an intense feeling of passion. It is as if she crawls in each song reliving a song lyric. In the bed of her languorous, slightly drawling voice, she lets herself drift on the emotion of the moment. Sometimes they are accompanied by harmonica, like on "Time" and the bluesy "Get In My Life 'it alternates with dobro. Her voice sometimes recalls Laura Nyro, Tori Amos, or even to Martha Wainwright.
Especially the songs with delicate piano create a melancholy late night atmosphere which is hard to resist. In the poignant "Hurricane," "Eyes Like Birds" or the beautiful 'Someonewherelse "when you're lured to a candle lit cafe where the dark night is lonely and collecting angels banished from paradise. Katie Knipp writes music that lingers between poppy soul and jazz. Only "Release" sounds slightly more vibrant and 'Heavy Heart', her passionate piano playing.
Drummer Andrew Griffin and bassist Nathan Hoehner accompany her on her personal journey in which she seems to escape in the beauty of melody and the sound of the piano keys. A gem as the sad "Brother" seems as if a kind of spell to relieve the pain. Once again the scars of songs that can soothe the soul. Katie Knipp has a knack for sad music to sound consoling.
Marcie - Rootstime, Belgium (full article) (Dec 16, 2010)
- Label: 'Self-Released'
- Genre: 'Alt/Country' - Release Date: '2010'
The Roots-related singer/ songwriter genre is getting mighty crowded these days, so a young performer needs to have something special to elbow the competition out of the way and leapfrog the queue.
On the basis of her album 'Midnight Mind', Californian singer/songwriter KATIE KNIPP has several such ploys ready to go and she executes them to perfection on this quality-first recording. The first ace is her relationship with her (very) creaky old grand piano. It forms the melodic bedrock of many of the album's best tracks – not least the predatory, Bad Seeds-y 'Hurricane' and the stately 'Sunday' – and its' eerie, cracked feel soon sets it apart from anything else I've heard of late.
The second is Katie's voice and it's a joy to hear in a world where so many contemporary female singers rush for 'ethereality' like lemmings at a cliff. Katie has no truck with 'ethereal', she's far too gutsy for that and she's one of the best Roots-related voices I've heard since Amy Speace. She's especially effective on tracks like the provocative folk-blues of 'Release' and the truly remarkable 'Get In My Life': a full-blooded Mississippi Delta blues which is closer to Lightnin' Hopkins in feel that anything contemporary.
Thirdly, Katie clearly has an ear for collaboration, most specifically with the rhythm section who form her tight-knit trio combo sound here. The guys in question, bassist Nathan Hoehner and drummer Andrew Griffin are ceaselessly inventive, rolling with the punches and setting up slow and determined grooves on tracks like the weathered and redemptive 'Quiet Hell' (which has an almost 'Exile on Main Street' feel about it) or keeping it lithe and supple on tracks like 'Time' and the closing 'Heavy Heart' where the three musicians bring it all back home very impressively indeed.
There's a good variety of moods on offer too. 'Midnight Mind' is broadly a 'Roots' album, but it's open-minded to dally with folk-blues, pop and the occasional bout of Rock'n'Roll swagger, not to mention a couple of solo piano ballad affairs courtesy of the restless 'Someonewherelse' (sic) and the desolate 'Brother'. If I've one small criticism it's that the record is a little too prone to medium-pace tempos. The occasional fiery burst of speed would be good, but this is hardly a hanging matter considering the wealth of great tunes on display.
Katie Knipp, then, is quite a discovery. Her 'Midnight Mind' is a cool, intelligent record full of emotive songs which does plenty to separate itself from the run of the mill singer/songwriter brigade. Let's hope this is merely the first of many from her.
Tim Peacock - Whisperin' and Hollerin' magazine (Apr 11, 2010)
(Full Article)Rocking Sacramento One Piano At A Time: Katie Knipp
Sacramento Indie Music Examiner rates this: 5 Stars!
"Katie Knipp is a singer/songwriter from Sacramento who has just released her third album, "Midnight Mind" (For sale on CDBaby and iTunes, as well as local Sacramento record store) She is hosting a CD Release event on March 20 in Berkeley at Blake's on Telegraph and has a number of performances upcoming in the Sacramento area.
Her bluesy vocals and impassioned piano playing make for a strong combination, and her raw talent and exuberance for music make songs such as "Get In My Life" (from the new album) and "Violent In Here" (on the earlier album of the same title) truly rocking originals, with a voice from the gut, resonant with singers like Janis Joplin and Maria Muldaur. She is a multi-instrumentalist, with guitar, piano, dobro and harmonica all making appearances on her albums and her live shows.
Playing dates all around the greater Sacramento area, with upcoming gigs at Luna's on March 13th and Vintner's Winery in Rancho Cordova on March 27th, Katie Knipp is a singer to not miss!
A graduate of Cal State Hayward, she has been performing all of her life, including opening for bands including The Doobie Brothers and Tommy Castro, and has made vocal music her life, bringing a flair for excellence into the studio that shows in her wonderful recordings, a talent that has landed her awards such as the 2005 and 2006 North Bay Bohemian naming her the "Best Band in Marin County" and rave reviews from Going Out and Pacific Sun Magazine.
Katie Knipp writes about her life, and also takes inspiration from fictional characters, such as the Charlize Theron character in the film "Monster." She asserts that “Writing from this space opens up a lot more doors than just focusing on my own life." and, like other singers who delve into characters, such as Tori Amos, Katie makes effective use of her imagination and talent to make original, hard-driving and intensely listen-able music, singing from her soul." -Matthew Wright
Matthew Wright - Sacramento Indie Music Examiner (Feb 24, 2010)