"Take it With You" #10 on the Blues Albums Chart
"Take it With You" #9 on the Heat Seekers Pacific Chart
Awards and Nominations
2020 SAMMIE Winner for Best Blues Artist, Sacramento News and Review
2019 SAMMIE Award WINNER for Best Blues Artist, Sacramento News and Review, also nominated for Artist of the Year
Roots Music Report Top Contemporary Blues Albums spun for 2018 and 2019 for "Take it With You" worldwide radio spins
Billboard World Song Contest honorable mention for "Eyes Like Birds" and "Brother".
2017 SAMMIE Nominee for Best Blues Artist
“She's outrageous, she's multi-talented, and certainly one to set the spotlight on the Sacramento area” - Mick Martin
— Cap Radio's Rush Hour Blues Host
Reviews on New Single, "Chamomile and Cocaine"
“WOW this is awesome!!! A solid full sound with vibrant warmth to it” - Alan Pearce
— Founder/Publisher/Editor in Chief of Blues Matters! Magazine, UK
“This female vocalist gives a whole new meaning to the word... sex appeal! I love working with Katie and am super proud of all she has accomplished in this industry. This music industry thing is a man's world sometimes and women still are reaching to show what they can do- working with Katie Knipp unequivocally shows what a grand vocalist, songwriter, musician can do! Please give Katie's latest single "Chamomile and Cocaine" some much-deserved love! Oooh those opening lines! ” - Song River
— Cowgirlzen Entertainment
“In this track, Katie's vocals are simply amazing and it hits the groove so perfectly.” - Michael Reynosa
— Host of Rattled Beats Radio Show and creator of Yippee Ki-ay Blues
“Chamomile fights anxiety .. Cocaine is a powerful stimulant ... Katie Knipp is the sum of these two components, vocally and musically. Katie is volcanic in activity, and this song makes you cheerful and dynamic. I look forward to the eruption of other titles from the future album” - Daniel Feutry
— Radio Eure du Blues, Normandy France
“Katie Knipp's Chamomile and Cocaine is a straight up addictive shot of funky and sultry blues, that will have you begging for more” - Jon Sexauer
— The Grey Eagle Radio Show
Live Performance Reviews
On Opening for William Duvall of Alice in Chains 2/26/20 at Cornerstone, Berkeley
SFSonic.com (photo by Phil Kampel)
"Opening up for Duvall was Sacramento’s blues chanteuse Katie Knipp, who is up for a 2020 SAMMIE (Sacramento Area Music) award for best blues artist. She excels in a one-woman show setting as was the case at the Cornerstone. Bringing a big smile and an infectious drama club quirkiness onstage, Knipp infuses lots of energy in her songs. The amount of fun she has with the crowd was particularly evident on “Sad Eyed Lover”. Alternating songs using a slide on her Dobro, and sitting down behind a keyboard, the constant to Katie Knipp’s solid performance was the powerful warbling blues vocals she belted out. Her delta blues styling on “Ya Make It So Hard to Sing the Blues” was a high point, with an ambling guitar sound reminiscent of Zeppelin’s “When the Levee Breaks”." -Mark Paniagua at https://sfsonic.com/concerts/william-duvall-strips-off-alice-in-chains-at-the-cornerstone/?fbclid=IwAR2ueGFr0qRjWqedln_POKLr8JKB903wCe1Odyt6qV8SRrXbIrNdSTi0PIQ
Sweetwater Music Hall 1/5/20
Photo and review published in The Bay Bridged by Carolyn McCoy
Katie Knipp saunters onto the stage as her backing band paves the way for her entrance with a healthy groove, her long brown hair flying after her as she takes a seat at her keyboard. Her smile is electric and she greets her audience with a huge hello then begins to pound away a bluesy strut on her keys. All at once, her voice pummels me with its brute force and the show begins — BAM! “I don’t sing for you anymore...”
Knipp hails from Sacramento and is fast becoming one of Northern California’s darlings in blues. Her most recent album, Take It With You, landed at #10 on Billboard’s Blues Album chart alongside blues masters like Buddy Guy and Kenny Wayne Shepard, not to mention she was on the ballot for a Grammy nomination. Knipp takes her music seriously, writing songs that span the gamut of blues-inspired subjects such as murder, abuse, war, drugs, sex, and psychotic love. She sings these songs with great exuberance, allowing her deep, powerful, and full voice to be the muse of the lyrics, punctuating each verse with syrupy vibrato, juicy howls, fierce moans, or a “fuck you” attitude — all controlled with sheer brilliance.
Her recent show at Mill Valley’s Sweetwater Music Hall was a wonderful showcase of her talents, as seeing her live one gets to witness the pure physicality of her performance style and virtuosity on keyboards, harmonica, and her dobro. Even though her music is blues, it’s definitely a modern version of the blues with a more rock and roll bent to the sound. “You Make It So Hard To Sing The Blues” bespeaks of how being in love made life better, “Metro In Paris” is a super sexy, piano-driven siren call to “bringing you home,” while “Get Out Of My Dream” tells of an old, forgotten lover resurfacing in her mind.
Knipp’s band has some sort of magnetic connection to her, and they hold Knipp’s songs like an attentive lover. “I feel safest when I am with them,” she tells me backstage. Lead guitarist Chris Martinez bounces off of Knipp’s playing with tandem magic, weaving pure blues chords in out and out her songs. Bassist Zachary Proteau and drummer Neil Campisano create such an intense pulse that I literally felt it in my bones, and percussionist/woodwind maven Otis Mourning adds such depth and feeling with his horns (sax, oboe) that melded so beautifully with the music.
Knipp has worked very hard to get to where she is, and she is grateful for her musical career. It’s been her strong drive and deep appreciation of her audience that makes it so fun for her, “I feel like a kid on a trampoline,” she states of her experiences of being onstage. “It’s wonderful, and I always want to bear hug every single person afterward.” And she did.