Jul 16, 2021
We’re going all the way out to California today as we hang out with a woman with the rarest of gifts –her own voice. This Northern California Blues Americana siren is equipped with powerful pipes and an outstanding ability on numerous instruments from piano, to slide guitar, to harmonica. Whether she is performing solo or accompanied by her full band, she unfailingly captures the audience's hearts from the first note. Get to hear this amazing and talented singer-songwriter from California, Katie Knipp!
Katie has opened for Robert Cray, Jimmie Vaughan, Joan Osborne, The Doobie Brothers, Tim Reynolds, Jon Cleary, Ruthie Foster, Joe Louis Walker, The James Hunter Six, William Duvall of Alice in Chains, among many others. She played the 2019 Mammoth Blues Festival as the only solo female act that included headliners Buddy Guy, Trombone Shorty, Charlie Musselwhite, and more.
She has won two SAMMIES-2020 and 2019 (Sacramento Music Awards) for Best Blues Artist and was nominated Artist of The Year by The Sacramento News and Review. She has been honored Female Artist of the Year 2020 by the Country Folk Americana Blues Music Realm. She has gained worldwide radio support, putting both "The Well " and “Take it With You" on the Roots Music Report in Top Contemporary Blues Albums spun for 2018-2021.
We will get to know her stories, and hear some of her great music from her album “The Well” like, “Chamomile and Cocaine” and “The Gospel of Good Intentions” on this episode of the dHarmic Evolution with Katie Knipp!
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Listen and support Katie and her music. We listened to some of her tracks and she shared a lot of great stories, but there’s definitely more to hear from her, so don’t forget to check out all the links provided below!
I always, always write the song first, to the point where I can perform it as a solo act. If those things can't happen, the song isn't ready. I’m not just all about the studio stuff. The saxophone and all the great musicians that I add to it are just icing on the cake, but I feel like it's so important to make sure that the song stands on its own.
I felt very depressed. I was like, pray, and the words just came. He said, in my mind, it just came to me. He said, “Do you see how much you love it now? Do you see that music is love? Just like my love for you is never-ending. You can trust that your music is love and is never-ending and will never leave you or go away.”
There have always been some stories, I've had some experiences that forced me into, “Why to write a song in the first place?” And I feel blessed by those experiences, even if they were hard at the time.
I think about that a lot of the time. Because, I'm like, “I don't care what you think. I'm old. I'm here. I'm doing this. If you don't like it, move aside, because these people do. It's totally fine.”
When you think about a voice, it's like a thumbprint. First of all, it's unique to everybody. If you don't like somebody's voice, that's perfectly fine. To me, it's like wine or food. You have a specific palate for what you like to hear from somebody's mouth. I completely get that I'm not for everybody. So that's a huge thing that transformed my “balls out”, way of going about singing. It's like, “Oh, I don't care anymore.”
00:20 Introducing Katie Knipp
03:12 What was Katie’s defining moment when she finally found her voice and style.
05:57 Katie shares what came in first in terms of playing instruments.
08:50 Listen to “Chamomile and Cocaine” by Katie Knipp
12:34 Katie takes us into the studio to the experience of “Chamomile and Cocaine”
15:07 How long has Katie worked with the musicians in her band?
16:56 As a mother of two little ones and with her career choice, how is Katie working things out?
20:55 What are the writing habits and process’s of Katie Knipp
23:43 Listen to “The Gospel of Good Intentions” by Katie Knipp
29:28 Is there a certain group of people that “The Gospel of Good Intentions” is intended for?
31:15 Katie takes us to her experience while recording the track “The Gospel of Good Intentions”
34:46 When did Katie come into total honesty with her music?
40:07 Katie shares funny and unusual experiences during a gig.
43:19 What is a chill time like for Katie outside of music?
45:54 How are Katie’s boys experiencing music now.
47:32 Get to hear Katie’s advice for young and upcoming musicians, artists, singer-songwriters.
49:53 Listen to “Ride On” by James Kevin O’Connor
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