"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 Nominee for Best Blues Artist, Sacramento News and Review -Vote Here through March 11th: https://go.newsreview.com/sammies/
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
Live Performance Reviews
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.
On Opening for Joan Osborne and Jackie Greene at The Sofia 2/26/19
Photo and review by Alan Sheckter published in The Grateful Web
"Opening the show, to a rousing response and rightfully so, was Sacramento-area rock/blues/jazz singer/songwriter Katie Knipp. Performing solo on piano as well as dobro (sometimes with simultaneous harmonica and/or harmonica and foot tambourine), Knipp’s bold, impassioned style made everyone take notice. With her musical ferocity fully on display, as an instrumentalist and as a singer, Knipp’s no-holds-barred vocal style conjured audio images of a cross between Ani DiFranco and Koko Taylor.
Beginning with “Ya Make it So Hard (To Sing the Blues),” one of the lead tracks on her current project, “Take it With You,” which reached No. 10 on the Billboard Blues Album Chart, Knipp immediately crushed the notion that she’d be a ho-hum opening act. Visibly impressing people in the audience who already knew her work – this hit album is her fifth – as well as those who could be whispering, “Katie who? Wow!” She delivered 11 songs, with affable commentary about her life, her family, and her travels in between. The intense and alluring performer offered six tunes from the current CD, several of her older selections, and an emotional version of an old Tom Waits ballad, “Blue Valentine.”
Part nightclub jazz chanteuse, part roadhouse blues rocker, and a whole bunch of gumption Knipp’s songs, instrumental passages, and overall gestalt suggest lots of promise and success to come."
Opening for The Hidalgos (David Hidalgo of Los Lobos) at The Sofia 11/24/19
Review by Nick Rhodes of Sacramento's KZAP
"Really loved her performance and delighted with her ability to engage the audience and make us all feel like old friends. Katie is a unique and amazing talent that blew me away being just her on piano and dobro with Otis Mourning on sax, clarinet, and percussion. Such a powerful duet and her vocals totally captivated the entire audience. Great show!" -Nick Rhodes, DJ at Sacramento's K-ZAP
On Opening for Ruthie Foster at The Sofia
Reviewed by Jan Kelley published in Blue Notes! Magazine, photo by Colt McGRaw
"SBL Productions presented the acclaimed Blues singer, guitarist and songwriter Ruthie Foster on July 12 at the Sofia Center with local Blues artist Katie Knipp, winner of the 2019 Sammie Award for Best Blues Artist and whose latest album release was number 10 on the Billboard Blues Album Charts, opening the show. Katie showed her prowess with her sultry, down and dirty vocals, slide guitar, piano, and harmonica, while accompanied by the horns of the great brass wizard Otis Mourning. Katie is such a beautiful talent; whether playing solo, as a duet or with her full band. Her humble style is charming and yet forceful in her performance, giving the audience a wonderful mixture of compelling original songs that can reach deep into the soul." -Jan Kelley
Reviews of her 5th Album, "Take it With You"
No Depression Magazine
"Finally, an album truly worth taking with you. Katie Knipp has the voice of Janis Joplin and the power of Aretha Franklin, combined with a killer group of musicians that know how to rock. Her version of blues is raw and gritty, and she’s comfortable with a myriad of musical influences in her underlying soundtrack. The heavy use of resonator guitar on the first track and a climatic bass line on the second track announce to the world that this lady can sing any style she wants. There isn’t a weak track on the album, and quite frankly, this one is the perfect candidate for the repeat button."
Recommendation: "You need this one in your collection, so go out and Get it." -Robert Leggett https://www.nodepression.com/album-review/finally-album-truly-worth-taking-you?fbclid=IwAR1pajBx6E8vHgrTCtlQWY5sKwTeKLiHzFv7J2gV4_pml6WlZXcoulLl_Os
The Nashville Blues and Roots Alliance
One of Northern California’s finest blues-beltin’ mamas is Katie Knipp. She possesses a huge Joplin-esque vocal style that easily gets down ‘n’ dirty with the blues, and just as easily goes into playful mode on more jazz-styled offerings. If that ain’t enough, she plays slide guitar strong enough to make Son House get off that coolin’ board, and blues piano that’d make Pinetop smile. She blows some mean harp, too, and is just one fine all-around artist. You get a taste of everything she does on her latest set, entitled “Take It With You,” ten cuts of deep blues and good-time jazz-flavored offerings.
Up first, that dobro is on fire on the tale of a ten-year love affair with a man who, as she will eagerly tell everyone, “Ya Make It So Hard To Sing The Blues,” done over a foot-stomping, Delta-fied arrangement. “Letters” is a somber look at the challenges of life and knowing that there’s always that someone, and, even tho “we still need time,” in the end, “we belong together.” A piano-based variation on that theme is the woman who declares that, no matter what, “I Will Stick Around.” She busts out the harp on the Hooker-styled “endless boogie” of “Santa Cruz Blues,” and gets into some of that good ole ragtimey jazz with “Another Round,” featuring a cool, New Orleans-styled horn section.
Our favorite followed that jazzy theme. Our girl goes into full-on cougar mode, as she does her best sultry, come-hither approach to a lover who, “by the end of the night, you’re gonna have to want to be mine,” jazzily punctuated by her piano and brush-stroked drums, entitled “Metro In Paris.”
Katie Knipp is a wife, a mother, and one helluva woman of the blues! The Sacramento Area Musicians bestowed upon her the 2019 SAMMIE Award for Best Blues Artist, and it is no wonder, with a set as big, bold, and brassy as “Take It With You.” Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance. https://donandsherylsbluesblog.wordpress.com/?fbclid=IwAR2D7nDXXLI8B2osXpaAsd2yG6me6AdDneqEhg9q6G9htsww9ek8cKrToJ8
Aldora Britain Records, Scotland
Blues in the South Magazine, England
"This release, the fifth album by this California-based singer, guitarist, pianist and singer, reached number 10 on the Billboard blues charts. Mind you, even a cursory listen to the opener, a celebratory ‘Ya Make It So Hard To Sing The Blues’ with its driving steel guitar playing, joyfully abandoned singing and heavy drumbeat, will show that this is a fiercely individual set. It leads into a slower ‘I Don’t Sing For You’, a real change of mood, and then several songs that fall more readily into Americana territory, though ‘Metro In Paris’ is a lust filled number a little reminiscent of Tom Waits in a jazzy mood – there is some fine piano playing here. ‘Get Outta My Dream’ brings back the blues, a nicely up tempo romp, and ‘Santa Cruz Blues’ is out-and-out blues-rock, with some Dylanesque harmonica above the riffing guitar and heavy rhythm section. In contrast, ‘Another Round’ mixes New Orleans R’n’B with jazz horns for a memorable number, and then the album finishes with the quiet, folky ‘Last Man Out’. This is a modern blues and Americana set, and Katie is on this evidence a name to look out for." -Norman Darwen http://www.bluesinthesouth.com/graphics/BiTS_04_APRIL_2019.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2NyNr7g21nQHcnIRSqb93Xd2xnEqsU8x--4Hcj1tfryKFF4Qsc-IbG2ME
The Sacramento Bee
“Ya Make it So Hard to Sing the Blues,” the opening track on Katie Knipp’s smoldering new record “Take it With You,” is aptly titled. Rife with her soul-churned croons, Knipp’s fifth album feels forged by an intensive and at times raw labor of love — one meticulously fawned over to ensure the proper balance between gritty, slippery Dobro and harp-driven blues and vintage nightclub jazz — with the results alluringly reflective of each bead of sweat poured out to complete it." -Aaron Davis
Blues Magazine, The Netherlands
"Ya Make It So Hard To Sing The Blues may be the opening song of Katie Knipp 's new album ' Take It With You', nothing is less true. Supported by a screeching dobro slide, she easily shows the opposite. You Make It Easy To Sing The blues would be a better title of track 1. But yes, in the blues it is always about things that are difficult, problems and trouble.
In the next issue - I Do not Sing for You- she opens her throat again, to say that she does not want to sing for 'you'. Heavy pounding drums and sharp guitars leave no doubt: Knipp really does not want to sing for you. So she sings not so much ahead as she is about someone. With her interpretation of the blues she is similar to Daniele Nicole , a lady who can also perform so wonderfully. Another similarity with Nicole is the scarce and therefore very intrusive instrumentation.
The letters ( Letters ) she received do not sound very cheerful to her, given the complaining and lingering nature of this song. By this time, after three songs, Knipp is already deep under your skin and will not let you go. And then there is suddenly the Metro In Paris, in which she tries to seduce you especially to go with her and to give her the opportunity "... to treat you nice" . The bar-piano underlines her plan ...
As said, Katie Knipp has strong vocal chords , which she likes to speak at full speed every now and then. I Will Stick Around , she sings longingly and you would just believe it. Katie Knipp makes thickly applied electric guitar blues, often slow, always penetrating. The uptempo nieendalletjes Get Outta My Dream and Santa Cruz Blues are her forgive as far as I'm concerned. There is enough credible blues opposite, In Another Round even an old-fashioned New Orleans blues with blaring horns and pumping piano.
Do not be fooled by the cover photo. This is not a cowgirl and she certainly does not sing like a kitten without gloves. In Last Man Out she crawls out of the speakers for a while, to sing you up close. The musicians help her again effectively. Less is better, as is shown here again.
Beautiful blues album of a ditto lady." (from Dutch translation) https://www.bluesmagazine.nl/recensie-katie-knipp-take-it-with-you/?fbclid=IwAR1X_aJLnTCBmTZZLzhbQ0Vi4hZl7FhzDMyHNyXonShdmjIVs1JXb8SmkAk
Blues Corner at Soundguardian , Croatia
"So far, I have listened to a lot of musicians and their albums, but I have not heard any albums like this. Namely, the album resonates with shiny compositions that are beautiful, and that blunt voice that hits you directly in the face." -Mladen Lonar https://www.soundguardian.com/index.php/blues-corner-kolumne-53/49799-katie-knipp-take-it-with-you?fbclid=IwAR0NWtGUmfRVgPKJjeLcjkBRjPYl7jOT15yOw9bE_E4dWnv2i_8AVIWpZ2k
Californian Katie Knipp has been plying her blues flavoured trade for about 20 years and has just released her fifth album; the good news is that it’s bluesier than ever. Although absent from the scene for a while…for very good reasons: Katie has been rather busy with two young children that meant devoting time to them was paramount, and rightly so. She did fit in some song writing between all of the other duties and then found the time to assemble a band, rather than the solo excursions I am more familiar with, and record this latest work called Take It With You. Crossing boundaries between blues, jazz, Americana and rock, there is never a dull moment with Katie. She has the ability to play electric and dobro guitars with equal skill and, importantly, a genuine feel for the right notes and the right tone. Her singing voice is so powerful, I will admit it took a while for me to attune to it; once you get over the inevitable (inaccurate) Joplin comparisons, it has a depth and passion that gets to you.
Last Man Out has tender acoustic picking behind her dulcet tones before a gentle crash cymbal adds atmosphere; when the slide cuts in it leaves me wanting, but on the whole this is a lovely county-ish ballad. Slide guitar and simple drums back the slinky blues of Come Back, until a rapid paced section keeps the interest as it quietens and cuts in when you’re not expecting it. An infectious and tasty drum and bass introduces I Don’t Sing For You and subtle piano washes through it…the vocal is exceptional on this one and the guitar patterns are a delight and a clever solo rounds it all off. Slide features brilliantly again on Ya Make It Make So hard To Sing The Blues…proof that the blues isn’t always sad as Katie celebrates positive feelings. The guitar throughout has a lovely tone. Picked semi-acoustic, I think, begins the plaintive countrified blues of Letters before slide again colours the song with that back porch feel. The slide to the fade is brilliant. Get Outta My Dream is a gospel infused slice of rocking blues as Katie slots in piano, organ as well as guitar and proves she can do a decent keyboard solo too. The lyrics are worth listening to as references to elephants in a liquor store bring a smile. The familiar hi-hat play introduces the blurred blues and jazz of Metro In Paris. The brushed drums, piano and sultry vocals take me back to a certain trip to Paris I made a few years ago…if music can paint pictures that effectively, it has to be good! Harmonica then slide guitar over a rolling drumbeat means I love Santa Cruz Blues from the off…it has a familiar structure but is chock full of fun in the instrumentation and the lyrics. The simple slide solo is just right too. The walking blues of the piano led, and horned up Another Round takes you back to the 50s and, with a beer and a cigarette in hand, I am in New Orleans right now. Electric piano echoes as Katie puts heart and soul into I Will Stick Around…a straightforward love song but with a substantial depth courtesy of the best electric guitar solo here and the alternating complexity and simplicity…lovely.
The challenge for me here was that the review copy has a different running order and all the wrong titles! So, forgive me if I get one or two wrong…for example, Last Man Out is shown as Ya Make It Hard…hopefully I got them sorted, if not in the right order! This took me a couple of listens before it really sank in and I realised how Katie’s voice has such a range that, at first, didn’t seem to always fit…now I adore the way she uses her range and unique inflections to effectively communicate the messages; the way she and the band have combined to bring together differing styles and genres, mixed them up and turned them into a really enjoyable album of passion and care is more than welcome. 9 Doodle Paws out of 10!" -Tom Dixon https://bluesdoodles.com/cd-reviews/katie-knipp-advises-to-take-it-with-you/?fbclid=IwAR0UbqxGQ0N9TZ4QIhML_nojjJCd7_-N6Afv8890JkqnzAyyqdkwmBw8bsc
"Katie Knipp is about as real as one can get. She's the real deal and what she sings about is the real deal. Life was meant to be written about and Katie has channeled music to be her yarn spinner. Her new album "Take it With You" is the mix your turntable is looking for."- Rachel Lockheart http://ventsmagazine.com/magazine/
Music Matters Magazine
"There is something sumptuously delicious about a woman who can play guitar. Now put a dobro slide and a raw blues/country/jazz/rock/psycho fusion vocal with it and you have something special. Having hit Billboard Heatseekers with the pre-order sales of her new album ‘Take It With You’, her album then debuted at number ten on the Billboard Blues Music Album Chart. It is sure to say that Katie Knipp has what it takes! Her sass, talent, and skills have taken her music to the next level."- Tiffini Taylor https://musicmattersmagazine.com/2018/11/16/interview-with-artist-katie-knipp/?fbclid=IwAR2aRXkyEucVF94l7v5Y06GO-MPSqkiScB-B8rxCInzm72Y-U7a_kJB2h34
Bangs Music and Entertainment Magazine
"I Don't Sing for You" is stunning. It showcases her vocal development and her ability to take ownership in the vein that courses the country blues sounds.
Listening to Katie's new album showcases a complete resurgence of a professional solo artist who offers many crossover genres. Her new album is truly a fantastic measure of heartfelt New Orleans jazz/blues and a touch of the heartland country warmth. The album deals with love on many different levels.
Katie's boogie-woogie piano, slide guitar, and powerful vocals are a blend of honest and true music. Along with her powerful vocals, 'Take It With You' is certain to be one of the most sought-after albums for years to come.
Katie Knipp's new album 'Take It With You' shows she is again first and creating music magic.
BANGS! Gives 'Take It With You' 4 out 5 BANGS!" -Lynn Vick http://www.cowgirlzenentertainment.com/2018/11/album-review-for-americana-blues-artist.html
CD Baby Review
"A young Elvis was asked who do you sound like? His reply..." I don't sound like nobody". The same could be said for Katie and this stellar recording. This is a woman with the rarest of gifts...her own voice. And this album is full of elegant, spare production, great songs and playing and that voice! It touches all the root bases of American music. I hate to call it Americana because this is not generic Americana. It is much more. So good to have some new music to listen to! This one has legs. You can listen to it again and again and it continues to reveal itself. Buy it. Support real music. You won't be sorry."- Larry Otis, musician https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/katieknipp8
The Median Man Blog
“Ya Make It So Hard To Sing The Blues,” is a barnstormer, coming in with some roaring vocals, the story is weaved, and the good times are welcomed in with the slide and the beat, welcome to the journey. “I Don’t Sing For You,” is Zeppelin mixed with Janis, and boy does it beat the listener down and build them back up again. This is perfection. “Letters,” slow and reflective. The guitars drone, and the vocals weave the story again, the protagonist is stuck and the feelings are coming out. “Metro In Paris,” old fashioned shuffle, with that rag time feel, brilliantly executed. “I Will Stick Around,” the anthem of the album, a belter on a piano with soaring vocals.
“Come Back,” is another barnstormer, of old school blues, winding its way down and bringing it back up, and then dancing through the melodies. “Get Outta My Dream,” is another interesting take, weaving through the fields and bringing some serious energy to the fore. “Santa Cruz Blues,” is old time blues as it was meant to be, filled with distorted rhythms and heartbreak galore. “Another Round,” a good old fashioned drinking song and one that is sure to get people moving when performed live. “Last Man Out,” finishes things off nicely, with some old school bluesy melodies." -Vivek https://themedianman.com/2018/10/27/katie-knipp-take-it-with-you-review/?fbclid=IwAR3J7iWlTXbbZXm50e7xbjAJ3cTBy4ntS_FobxOwpBEtiKvL3tJUWY4IwcI/