Katie Knipp review…March 31, 2019…..

KATIE KNIPP

TAKE IT WITH YOU

YA MAKE IT SO HARD TO SING THE BLUES–I DON’T SING FOR YOU–LETTERS–METRO IN PARIS–I WILL STICK AROUND–COME BACK–GET OUTTA MY DREAM–SANTA CRUZ BLUES–ANOTHER ROUND–LAST MAN OUT

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 net time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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