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Sacramento News and Review

"The Heart Miners create a bluesy torch-style sound that combines dark bass-clef heavy piano licks with flourishes of slide guitar.  Knipp's vocals punch through all of these numerous layers with Joss Stone-esque soul power and vibrato."

Hard Garden Studios

"At first listen you'll immediately wonder how such a present & gritty voice, pounding piano lines & razor-sharp slide guitar can all emanate from a performer so delicate in appearance. Katie Knipp is a seasoned performer who will take you by surprise from note one & continue that musical journey down roads you'll not soon forget.  Equally dextrous on both piano & dobro, Katie's 'big' voice serves as the guide through solo performances & full band rhetoric with her current group 'The Heart Miners.' With songwriting styles ranging from dusty blues & pounding rock n' roll to delicate, ambling ballads, her message speaks clear: she's here for your attention."

The Sacramento Bee

"Darker material suits Knipp's sultry voice and blues-tinged songs."

CBS Sacramento

"One of the best female musicians in Sacramento"


Sacramento’s bluesy singer-songwriter Katie Knipp played Harlows tonight and it was good. Really good. The crowd was enthusiastic and you could tell Katie was having a great time. This show was with her full band, and they served her well. All were good musicians, though the lead guitarist stood out in the mix and his fills and playing complimented her vocals. She performed a little over an hour, mostly original songs but a few covers including Summertime, Come Together, and Folsom Prison Blues. Her takes on the first two of those were close to the originals but with her own feel too, with Come Together being a standout. The original songs were a sturdy mixture from her four CDs, including a nice song for her mother written about her recovery form cancer. The songs from the latest CD were strong and stood out in their live renditions. We should mention that this show was the CD release event for her fourth and latest, an EP this time.

Sacramento Blues Society

"Piano and dobro playing that is sweet and soulful"

Rootstime, Belgium

"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."

Shure Inc.

"A big THANK YOU to Katie Knipp for helping demo our mics at the AES convention!"

N Magazine

"Be sure to check out this up and coming star!"

Sacramento Talent Magazine

(Biography/photo feature on pages 114-115)

Billboard World Song Contest

Awarded Honorable Mention for the songs "Brother" and "Eyes Like Birds"

Sacramento Bee

"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:" Read more:

Radio Voce Spazio, Italy

"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."

Whisperin and Hollerin Magazine, Ireland

"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)

Dream Magazine, review of latest album "Midnight Mind"

"Bluesy singer songwriting young woman with a voice more mature than her years."

Sacramento Indie Music Examiner

"A voice from the gut, resonant with singers like Janis Joplin and Maria Muldaur" (Full article below)

Alt-Country Forum, The Netherlands

"Blood curdling ballads with balls" (Full article below)

New Artist Radio

"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."

Charlie Daniels Band

"Hot Damn! It's Dylan in a dress!" after seeing the performance of "Quiet Hell" off her latest dvd

Performance Enhancement Coach for Metallica

"Aside from her God-given talent, Katie is separated from the rest with her distinctive sound and insatiable passion to succeed."

Pacific Sun Magazine

"Katie is dynamite on both piano and guitar."

Ukiah Daily Journal

"She's one of the most dynamic singers and band leaders in the country right now."

The North Bay Bohemian

Voted Number One Band in all of Marin County for 2005 and 2006

San Francisco Herald

...“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.”

19 Broadway Nightclub

“…one of the most dynamic and exciting live performers with great hooks and a tight band."

Lommori Productions

“…if you’ve never seen Katie Knipp perform, you’re in for a real treat. One of my favorite bands."

Going Out Magazine

…“Keep a lookout for her. Katie Knipp. She's got a voice that'll knock your head off. With love.”

Rootstime, Belgium (full article)

(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.

Whisperin' and Hollerin' magazine

Review: 'KNIPP, KATIE' 'MIDNIGHT MIND' - Label: 'Self-Released' - Genre: 'Alt/Country' - Release Date: '2010' Our Rating: 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.

Sacramento Indie Music Examiner

(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

Altcountry Forum, The Netherlands

(Full article, translated from Dutch) "Again a beautiful woman with a guitar or piano, which tries make carriëre as a singer? Katie Knipp sing not only wonderfully, but are also talented as singer-songwriter. With its raw voice Knipp have meanwhile brought out three cd: Take Her down ones and Violent in Her (both originating from 2005) and the new album Midnight Mind. Katie accompany themselves on guitar, piano, dobro and harmonica. Nathan Hoehner (bass guitar) and Andrew Griffin (drums) make the band complete. The cd contains mostly blood-curdling ballads with balls. Its soulful voice ensure that you if auditor from your armchair is blown if she does its strot open. If it now the quiet piano song Eyes Like Birds are or the dirtyblues in Get in My life (with violent playing Knipp on dobro), she continues intrigue during the whole album with her lived through voice. Fuming blues songs are varied with sultry songs. Midnight persuade Mind on all fronts and give up its beauty already directly after the first lustre turn. The tasteful instrumentation contributes certainly to the quality of this cd. Of course its voice is the strongest weapon, of which your kippenvel on your poor gets if she will sing. The environment on the album has been kept extremely dark and obscurity. Folk music, blues, rock or jazz, the cd Midnight Mind have it all. It proves that Katie Knipp directions still can go a lot of on at writing new work."

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