Shake the Blues.
The recording, done in Sebastopol, CA at Studio E, is first class; warm and spacious.
John is joined by David Grisman on mandolin and Bill Fouty on stand-up bass. They sound like they’ve been playing together for years. Tight, yet loose; ragged but right.
The CD packaging is marvelous, bringing to mind Grisman’s “Tone Poem” albums; colorful pictures of hand-made instruments with cool written introductions to the songs (using nice readable fonts!)
It’s an acoustic journey through the soundscape of blues, jazz, and Americana.
Thirteen of John Knutson’s original songs played on six of his hand crafted Knutson Luthiery instruments.
Here’s a review
Shake the Blues
(aka Simon Kurth)
from Sonoma County Folk Society’s
John is not only the singer,songwriter,guitarist, and harp player for this record, he also
built many of the instruments that are played on it.
His thirteen original compositions span forty-five years, and are firmly rooted in acoustic blues, jazz, and Americana.
David Grisman’s down and dirty, yet sophisticated melodic blues mandolin playing really adds to the expressive feel of each song,
and provides a strong melodic counterpoint to the inventive and intelligent guitar stylings of Knutson’s playing.
Recorded in two LIVE sessions as an acoustic trio, you can hear the spontaneity and intimacy of the recording process.
The mix makes you feel like you are right there in the studio with the band listening to them.
Also of note are the socially conscious lyrics that walk the line between poetic, autobiographical, humorous, and fiercely candid, and their honesty strikes a chord.
‘Shake the Blues’ a life statement, where the music you listen to has been literally crafted in every conceivable facet by the artist.
This CD is available at The Last Record Store in Santa Rosa (first choice), and CD Baby online (last choice!).