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A Dirty Dozen with KATIE KNIPP – October 2018

| 27 October 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Northern California Blues Americana Singer / Songwriter KATIE KNIPP has announced the release of her long anticipated, 5th album, Take it With You. Due out November 7, Take it With You features Neil Campisano on drums, Zack Proteau on bass, and Brett Vaughn Rechtfertigon guitar while Katie sings and plays various instruments including piano, slide dobro guitar, and harmonica.” We get Katie to discuss new music, influences, and much more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

Take it With You has a bit of everything when it comes to the style of music and stories.  Half the songs were written on dobro and half on piano. At one point I’ll flirt with you, then cry with you, swing on a pole with you, boogie-woogie with you, and stroll down the French Quarter with you.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

Since I’ve been singing forever, that was my first instrument.  I was always inspired and desiring to be in this field since I can remember.  Going to those first concerts really inspired me, especially seeing concerts where women like Concrete Blonde, Bonnie Raitt and Wynonna Judd own the stage.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

I would say Bonnie Raitt and Tori Amos both guided my musical taste the most at first.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Nina Simone, Bonnie Raitt, Keb Mo, Elvis Costello, and Allen Toussaint

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

T-Bone Burnett, because he is a visionary in roots music.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

I have been compared to Rhiannon Giddens and Bonnie Raitt.  I can’t say I have disagreed or cringed at any review or comparison.  People have their experiences and that’s great.

7. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

Freedom to express any feeling or story I want.

8. When you have downtime and are hanging out with your family, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and how often is their an acoustic singalong or impromptu karaoke night?

I am always the cook in this house.  We have 2 toddlers.  My husband likes to make great cocktails.  Usually, the kiddos like to have “dance party” and they are getting exposed to all kinds of music this way.  During the day I teach piano lessons and practice my own stuff so they are constantly exposed. I look forward to seeing which instrument they are drawn to as they grow up.

9. When was the last time you were star struck and who was it?

Allen Toussaint.  I did not expect to run smack into him at the hotel we were staying at twice.  We got to chat… he defines wisdom, kindness, and grace.

10. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

I can’t think of another “dream” job outside of music, but there was a time I thought about being an ER Doctor because saving lives is pretty neat.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”, even if it didn’t change your current situation?

I can’t say there was because I learn from every situation.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for anyone record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

It’s funny, I love the energy of live albums.  I would have loved to have been on that stage with Aretha Franklin on her live at Fillmore West 1971 album.  The energy of that record always blows my socks off. Just to be a backup singer for her or have a hand at the Rhodes here and there would have been killer.

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Todd ‘ToddStar’ Jolicoeur

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