Press Release: The Story Behind Katie Knipp – “Take It With You” Single

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

THE STORY BEHIND “TAKE IT WITH YOU”, RELEASING NOVEMBER 2018

The story behind “Take it With You”:

My name is Katie Knipp and I have been an indie artist for about 20 years.  Out of all my previous projects, this one means the most and has just floored me on so many levels.  It wasn’t too long ago that I wasn’t sure I would be able to perform and release more music, at least the way I wanted to.  I recently had two babies in a row , they’re now 2 and 3, and it was a pretty hard time in the beginning.  During my second pregnancy I got carpal tunnel from the swelling and I wasn’t sure if it would go away.  It was pretty scary because I play guitar and piano as well as teach piano for a living.  I was also silenced for about a year and a half due to the natural demands of my toddler that didn’t want attention taken away from him whenever I tried to practice.  Most days I could hardly sing or play a note.  The best I could do was type lyrics into my phone at 3 in the morning while up with the baby and read articles on how to get the most out of your one minute of practice time.  Since music is who I am, this was a very dark and depressing time for me and it was just last year.

Fast forward to this year.  In January I finally stopped breast feeding which allowed more flexibility in getting the chance to perform again.  My parents moved closer and were therefore able to help babysit while I practiced.  When I got back onstage as a solo act everything changed.  It changed because my attitude was different. My love for music had been tested and I couldn’t be more grateful now for ANY time I get to play.  I started writing songs from a more natural state of just pure love and they come easily to me now.  I’m no longer trying to prove myself because there’s only one me out there.  Nobody sounds like me.  With the luck and help of Scott at SBL (who also provided harmony vocals on a track), I was able to do a mini tour opening for Robert Cray, as well as opened for The James Hunter Six, and also my idol, Jon Cleary.  Ben Nieves, owner of The Recording Place and Piano Store, and his partner in crime, Chris Horton, came to one of my local shows in Sacramento.  It was there we quickly decided to team up and make the best record we could.  These songs were brought to life by the band I have always wanted to play with.  Neil Campisano on drums, Zack Proteau, on bass and tuba (he owns Octupus Audio and plays with Cover Me Badd), Brett Vaughnrechtfertig on guitar, he leads a killer band called The Mindful, and some extras on a tune with Chet Chwalik on trumpet and Al Bent on trombone.  When I first rehearsed with the rhythm section, it was such a weight off of my shoulders.  Finally, I found some guys that got it.  They brought the songs to life.  We were all listening to each other instead of playing over each other.   Now I am getting these mixes from Chris that bring the out the songs even more than I thought possible.  So, we make a great team.  After my ears, Ben adds his production touches as well and we’re a trifecta of success!  This record goes from psycho to mardi gras and all the feels in between.

So, I have a goal.  I want to be the first woman in my position to still get on the Billboard charts, get onto commercial radio, not just college and internet radio, sell a million units, get songs placed on TV shows and movies, without being gone 200 days a year on tour.  I still want to be able to raise my boys, perform whenever I can, because I LOVE performing, but also be present for my family.  I believe all of this can be accomplished if the product is good enough, and it is.  We’re so oversaturated with highlight reals of people on social media, fake music, fake art, and this is something real and refreshing to grasp onto.  Real musicians playing real instruments on songs written by a woman as real as it gets.  Mother.  Wife.  Piano teacher. Soon to be chart topper inspiring millions of other people around the globe.  You can join me in support of this goal by making sure to purchase this record either during the month of October Presale, or the first week it is released on November 7th.  When I can sell a bunch of units in this short amount of time, bells and whistles go off to the proper companies that can assist in ways that I can’t.  For 20 years, I’ve been wearing all the hats.  Now I’m asking for some help.  Thanks for reading.

Blues Americana artist Katie Knipp has been on a passionate musical journey her entire life. Always in choir, she was drawn to the piano at the age of 15. Since there was no piano at home, she began teaching herself on every lunch break during high school in the choir room. Beginning college, Katie believed it would be practical to major in medicine. Singing in a choir rendition of Mozart’s Requiem changed her future path. The haunting beauty of the music made tears roll down her face, and she knew that, in order to follow her heart, she would dedicate herself and her studies to music. Attending U.C. Santa Cruz, Katie enjoyed the calm, serene new environment. Driven to continually grow, she taught herself guitar on the beaches of California’s coast. “The waves would drown out any mistakes I made, so that I wouldn’t be embarrassed by wrong notes,” says Katie. As she dug deeper into her music major, it became clear to Katie that she also wanted to write her own material. Witness to a gruesome on-campus suicide on her 21st birthday, she decide she needed a change of scenery; she transferred to Cal State Hayward, where she would earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Music with an emphasis in vocal performance. The dark experience of the suicide, however, would stay with her, and became one of many events that helped mold her writing into the gutsy, soul-on-a-platter type material. To date, Katie has released four studio albums, a DVD, and played hundreds of venues throughout California. Sacramento News and Review nominated her for Best Blues Artist in Sacramento in 2017.  Readers of The Northbay Bohemian voted her band “Number One Band in Marin County” for two consecutive years. Currently laying down roots in Sacramento, Katie has worldwide radio support, has opened for such acts as Robert Cray, The James Hunter Six, Jon Cleary, The Doobie Brothers, Tim Reynolds and Tommy Castro, and shared the stage as a back up singer for Barry Manilow. Her music can be found on iTunes, many other digital mediums, as well as retail cds on http://www.katieknipp.com. Katie unflinchingly maintains the goal of being a viable force in the music world. Her success is largely based upon her willingness to take risks, diversify her format and learn from collaboration with others. Katie performs in several formats, from solo to full band. Equipped with a powerful voice, Katie also plays piano, guitar, dobro and harmonica. Her hard work has shaped her into a mature artist, focusing on the organic, free elements that reach people the most.  Currently in the studio with her 5th album to be released in the fall of 2018, she is also busy raising her two toddler boys as well as teaching piano and voice lessons in Rocklin, California.

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Northern California Blues Americana Siren Katie Knipp is equipped with powerful vocals and plays a variety of instruments from boogie woogie piano to slide guitar, to honest harmonica laden stories in between.  Her raw solo act captures audiences hearts from her first notes.  Currently in the studio with her 5th album to be released November of 2018, her sound has been compared to Bonnie Raitt, Joss Stone, Beth Hart, and what the late Taz Digregorio of the Charlie Daniels band once said, “Dylan in a Dress!”

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Artist Review: Terry McMahon Project – “Believe” Single

Review by: Justyn BrodskyBuffalo, NY’s Terry McMahon Project has a sound that brews some of yesterday and today’s artists we’ve all come to know and love, but still puts his own versatile touch to a signature sound the band can call their own.

The band’s leading man, Terry McMahon, has a signature sound reminiscent of artist influences ranging from Staind, Seether, Breaking Benjamin and Pearl Jam. Their modern rock sound is bold, pure, and powerful; driven by powerful, deep and emotional lyrics that really brings the listener to identify with their music from their own personal experiences.

The band’s anchor single “Believe” portrays a perfect example of this. The song’s dark, subtle and rock-infused combination of acoustic textures, edgy guitar riffs, and punchy rhythm section layers the music with a mesmerizing tone and puts their musicianship factors into the forefront that really brings a solidification to their perfectly blended chemistry. It’s a well-executed, multifaceted track that showcase’s Terry‘s vocals most effectively, and is evident throughout the song.

The implementation of the 90s and early 2000s era with today’s modern rock sensibilities makes Terry McMahon Project a standout of their caliber, and a refreshment of musical years many rock listeners miss dearly. Terry and his band gives you a refreshing reminder that brilliantly written music still exists, and that the era of music we all still yearn for is still out there if you look in the right places. You’ll be more than happy that you discovered Terry McMahon.

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Album Review: Austin Colon – “The Path Ahead” LP

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

A lot of artists nowadays tend to put their music out impulsively or recklessly. Usually because of ulterior motives, lack of ambition, or just trying to make a quick buck.

But then there are true artists that enter the studio bound and determined to compose, create, and produce something that is captivating, intelligently crafted, and magically multifaceted. Austin Colon‘s LP The Path Ahead is one of those rare cases.

It’s true, this is a rare gem in this era of fame-hunger and impulsivity. A diamond in the rough, but shines brighter than anything you’ve seen or heard in a long time. The Path Ahead isn’t just an album you hear, it’s an album you feel.

With brilliantly produced tracks that offer up some very dynamic twists and turns, this acoustic-infused Alt/Rock record with a folky feel-good vibe has a vast array of different styles and versatile elements that’ll keep you hooked on every song. Austin‘s range is very fine-tuned and crisp with his vocal delivery, and makes very good use of both lyrical content and the melodies that bring him to the forefront.

Austin definitely had one priority straight — catchy choruses. Each track has a chorus that really uplifts the verses and keeps the flow of every track very effective. With very subtle and ambient piano tracks adding to the overall texture and progression of each song, Austin‘s musicianship factors are showcased very powerfully throughout this entire album, and really gets you to feel the vibe and aura that The Path Ahead brings to the atmosphere.

With a Bob Dylan-like influential vocal execution, we get a great glimpse into Austin‘s authenticity and natural-born talent that emulates from each track. Another key element about this album as a whole is transition; each song flows to the next in a way that reminds you of reading chapters from a book. It tells a story from many angles, hear a very distinctive narrative, but also get a taste of something different in every chapter. In a way, The Path Ahead is more than just an album, it’s a musical masterpiece of literature.

Just like Pearl Jam’s Ten, Incubus’s S.C.I.E.N.C.E., Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon, and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Californication, Austin Colon‘s The Path Ahead is an album where you never skip over one track, and you can always come back to it and fall in love with these songs all over again. They never get old, and never lose its impact.

If you just discovered The Path Ahead from this article, you’ll be very happy that you did. You can thank us later.

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Artist Review: The Keymakers – “Good For You” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


R&B the way it should be, and a groove that was meant to make you move.

Dynamic duo, The Keymakers, are some very talented voices contributing to the R&B and Hip Hop flow that makes artists like these guys stand out in versatile ways with a signature sound that could easily appease both old school R&B fans, and new sensibilities. A sound that’s integrated in natural production value between the duo with their current buzzing single, “Good For You”. A track of sensuality and a great showcase of both voices honing their craft in order to do their part as a duo with a duality approach. It’s a brilliant mix for any avid listener of the R&B good nature along with the rhyme and flow that beautifully drives this song forward.

There’s many twists and turns in different ways with many different dynamics that The Keymakers succumb to. You can hear many artist influences, but there’s a vibe and natural persona that absolutely puts likability factors in the forefront with the duo. It only takes one listen to really hear the witty edge and nostalgic factors that these two bring to the table, and really bring their own vocal structures and melodic executions right where they can grasp at your heart, ears, and mind. “Good For You” is definitely the song for you. A song with drive, diversity, both indie and mainstream sensibilities, and with the right marketing and getting this song out to the correct people (hint: That’s where WE come in), “Good For You” just might bring some good for The Keymakers future prospects. We can hear the potential loud and clear.



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Artist Review: Jimi Wasabe – “Far ‘N Away” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky & Dave Welsh


A versatile and multifaceted take on Acoustic-forefronted R&B and sensuality, this upbeat single by Canadian recording artist Jimi Wasabe really shines with his articulate vocal range, clever lyrical content, and melody driven hooks.

“Far ‘N Away” is a very charismatic exercise of many positive moods. Between the tenderness of the verses, vocal vibrates, and a strong chorus to add in the fibers of energy, this track has many elements that really make this song the gem that it really is.

With influences ranging from Al Green to Usher, this is a really fun and well put-together love song with some extra added flavor. It’s a track that stays with you, and has that staying power only good melodies can achieve. And this really puts Jimi Wasabe‘s songwriting and performing talents right in the forefront with a strong and solid impression.

There is also a universal sound to Wasabe‘s approach. His dynamic acoustic stylized signature sound has great radio sensibility, and his genre can be booked at just about any Venue or Event that has an audience eager to hear a very uplifting and lovable style and image that Wasabe has been making his mark with. Once you take a listen to “Far ‘N Away” yourself, then you’ll realize just how high his likability factors are, and just how brilliant this song is.

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Artist Review: Alex Woods – “Fires” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


A dynamically feel-good track will never disappoint you.

That’s why Alex Woods‘ debut single “Fires” is a great track to introduce yourself with. So I gotta hand it to this young artist; he set out to make an impression, and so far I’m sold on him.

His high-range vocal structures are definitely one of the biggest highlights on this track. And the female harmonies add a lot of spice to this track, and I’m itching to hear more of what she may offer in the future. Regardless, both voices absolutely compliment each other and the lyrics definitely tell a story.

The up-tempo feel in this song reminds me of Copeland’s earlier albums, and even though this song has mainstream appeal, I think it could also be a charm among indie fans as well. Woods doesn’t try to overdose you on any one-factor; there’s a lot of versatility going on here. It’s witty, fun, and a song like “Fires” could easily warm you up.

For a debut track, I’m beyond impressed with the structures, the production value, the authenticity, and the overall nature of the track altogether. This is Alex Woods first solo effort, and even though this song is an incredible first release, I’m also interested in researching his previous musical activity; be it bands, groups, acts, or anything that can display more of his influences. Because I’m eager to find out more about this artist.

This song is absolutely well crafted and spot-on with its performance value. Check out “Fires” for yourself, and chances are you’ll be sold on Alex Woods too.



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Artist Album Review: Dave Vargo – “Burning Through” LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


A veteran artist that produces the perfect blend of yesterday’s and today’s Alt/Rock, Dave Vargo truly delivers us a spellbinding collection of tracks on his LP Burning Through.

With a sound comprised of influences ranging from a mix of John Mellencamp, Gin Blossoms, and Counting Crows, we get a very anthemic album filled with elite musicianship, high quality production value, terrific vocal harmonies, and dynamically tasty guitar work on this beautifully written record that showcases Vargo‘s very well-put-together vocal structures and mid-range vocal approach perfectly.

This is another album that I noticed focuses on one of the biggest priorities some artists lose track of — incredible songwriting. This album is the perfect breath of fresh air if you’re looking for not only well structured original music, but also versatility as well. Each song offers up something new and uniquely different, but you can still hear Vargo‘s crisp and charismatic signature sound that sets him apart from your run-of-the-mill Alt/Rock artist.

The album displays different moods, auras, and absolute catchtiness regardless of the direction of each song. It’s an amazing mix of tracks that never shows an iota of being repetitive or running its course. Every song has an anthem-status that really showcases the true talent behind these songs, and there’s not one measure on any song that seems rushed, or shows any type of uncertainty. Dave Vargo went into the studio, and used the time to create not only some of the most precise tracks, but innovative ones as well. 

And that’s what makes it hard to choose a favorite. Because Burning Through is an album where you don’t skip over one track. So if you were to ask me about my personal favorite on this record, I’d say the entire album. From start to finish. This is one you’ll start listening to from beginning to end, and you yourself will realize that you just listened to an entire album of perfectly crafted songs. 

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