Band of the Day: Katie Knipp

Continuing our mission to bring you as many new artists as you can possibly consume, Katie Knipp won’t have you starting a pit any time soon but she’ll still make sure you’re moving.

Simple things first – where are you and your band members from?

  • Katie Knipp – Rocklin, CA,
  • Neil Campisano – Sacramento CA,
  • Zack Proteau – Sacramento, CA,
  • Brett Vaughn Rechtfertig – Granite Bay, CA

How did you all meet?

At a solo gig I met both Neil and Brett, then my friend introduced me to Zack.

How long have you been playing as a band?

Only about 6 months since the purpose was to make a killer record then gig from there.

What are your influences?

Good music, especially good roots music. Nina Simone, Son House, Keb Mo, Ryan Adams, Bonnie Rait. Today’s risk-takers like St Vincent; everyone has something to learn from.

Describe your music. What makes you unique?

Blues Americana that’ll take ya from psycho to mardi gras, making you wonder “Who is this chick and why am I on this weird ride?”. There is no one else like me.

Do you have any particular lyrical themes?

Death, breakups, and admitting love can be pretty OK.

What’s your live show like?

Uninhibited. I like to throw on some lipstick, fix up my hair, then headbang it into a sweaty mess onstage, playing multiple instruments. Solo or with band.

Which show have you found to be the most memorable?

Probably Concrete Blonde.

What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?

I thought seeing Lucinda Williams tantrum a little and throw her guitar pick down and tell the band to start over was pretty rock and roll.

What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?

I play a Korg SV1 keyboard, dobro guitar with a hellhound red slide, harmonica, and foot tambourine

What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?

My new album titled Take it With You which is out now.

What are your plans for 2019?

To get on everyone’s playlist, play some killer shows, get some real tv/movie music placements, and not be a deadbeat mom in the process.

If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you?

I would love to have Rufus Wainwright open, because I miss him and have been thinking about him a lot lately, and Elvis Costello headline.

Which one of your songs is closest in sound to an existing band and what band is that?

“I Don’t Sing for You” is kinda like Lucinda Williams meets Black Crowes.

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