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Chris Knudson returns with another "Kanude" release 9 years after his 2008 eponymous debut. Since that time, he has released a record of electro-gospel covers and originals "Kingdom" in 2013, a Christmas single "Best Christmas Ever" in 2015, sprinkled in with some music videos and a placement of the song "Wheels" in HBO's "True Blood" series by KCRW luminary and music supervisor Gary Calamar. Performing sporadically, he has moved across the country with his wife and kids more than a few times: from Houston to Los Angeles, to Northern Virginia to Austin, Texas, to Coastal Virginia and most recently, to the Mendocino Coast of Northern California.

Recording sessions commenced at Shirk Studios, Chicago, Illinois Nov 30 and Dec 1, 2014 with Chris producing: Matt Johnson (St. Vincent, Jeff Buckley) on a house Slingerland drum kit and Bryan Doherty on a Fender Jazz bass, while Chris performed scratch vocals playing a Wulitzer 200A electric piano or Fender Strat and owner/engineer Stephen Shirk engineered to 2-inch and Pro Tools. Vocals, guitars and additional keys were overdubbed December 8 and 9, 2014 at The Treehouse Houston, by Grammy-winning recording engineer Steve Christensen (Steve Earle, Robert Ellis). Additional instruments were recorded at a home studio in Virginia by Chris in August-September 2016. Track 10 is a live vocal and guitar recording by Chris from November 2014 on computer microphone which will be used as a coda for the album.
The album was mixed by Steve Christensen at The Treehouse, Houston, Texas February-March 2017, and mastered by Chris Longwood at Studio Dede Air, Tokyo, Japan in April 2017. Album art and design by Mike Frost (SLFMP)April 2017 in Houston, Texas.

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released June 30, 2017

Chris Knudson - Lead and Background Vocals, Electric Guitars, Keys, Producer and Overdubs Recording Engineer
Matt Johnson - Drums
Bryan Doherty - Bass
Stephen Shirk - Recording Engineer
Steve Christensen - Overdubs Recording Engineer and Mix Engineer
Chris Longwood - Mastering Engineer
Mike Frost (SLFEP) - Album Art Design

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Chris Knudson is a songwriter, composer, musician, producer, and engineer having lived and worked primarily in Texas, New York City, Los Angeles, Berlin, Germany, and currently Northern California producing, recording and releasing music on Lightstone Records under the Kanude and Val Holler monikers.

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Track Name: Born to Be Free
"Born to Be Free"
words and music by Chris Knudson
©Tathata Music (ASCAP) • All rights reserved.

CHORUS
BORN, BABY BORN, BABY BORN TO BE.
BORN, BABY BORN, BABY BORN TO BE.
BORN, BABY BORN, BABY BORN TO BE.
BORN, BABY BORN, YOU WERE BORN TO BE FREE.

VERSE
Make your choice: fight or flight.
The middle of the road is no longer right.
How could you know you were a slave?
Did you know you could be so brave?

REPEAT CHORUS 2x

BRIDGE
Today is the day of your birth.
Your sweet soul reached out to the Earth.
And we celebrate the day.
Yes we celebrate today.

REPEAT CHORUS 2x
Track Name: Elevate My Soul
"Elevate My Soul"
words and music by Chris Knudson
©Tathata Music (ASCAP) • All rights reserved.

VERSE
Never meant to step on the cracks
Test your faith, burden your back.
Sometimes it’s so hard living the authentic life.
Trying not to burn through bread,
Baby’s crying needs to be fed.
We took a lot of risk coming out here for an authentic life.

CHORUS
ELEVATE MY SOUL (4x)

VERSE
Baby grabs my guitar pick,
puts in the soundhole, laughs at her trick.
She’s gonna be a big sister soon in this authentic life.
Mama and me workin’ it out.
Gotta stick together move thru the doubts.
Juggling dollars and art for an authentic life.

REPEAT CHORUS

BRIDGE
You lift me up when I see your face.
Fears melt away in a pool of grace.

VERSE OUTRO
Feels like we’re getting on track,
Finally made it through the attacks.
It’s takes a lot patience to lead and authentic life.
Track Name: Colors
"Colors"
words and music by Chris Knudson
©Tathata Music (ASCAP). All rights reserved.

VERSE
Waking up, feeling blue.
Had enough of this old skool.
Open up say “Ahhh,” my tongue is yellow –
I am curious mellow
And my eyes are bloodshot red.

CHORUS
COLORS BLEEDING OVER ‘CROSS THE LINES
RELAX INTO IT AND YOU’LL FEEL JUST FINE.

VERSE
Peel an orange, go outside.
Oh, it hurts – so good to be alive.
Open up say “Ahhh,” the ever-green –
Let’s take a ride in my machine
Into the violet night

CHORUS

BRIDGE

VERSE
Do you need to win the war?
Have you had enough? Do you want more?
Fly the flag, say “Ahh”, the fireworks do not compare
To the love you see in everyone, everywhere.

CHORUS (2x)

OUTRO
Track Name: The Drifter
"The Drifter"
words and music by Chris Knudson
©Tathata Music (ASCAP) • All rights reserved.

VERSE
Get back up, remember your name.
You’re not the kid with the ten-gallon shame.
Not quite found your infinite bliss.
Just the smell of alcohol, blood and piss.

CHORUS
ALL ALONE
UNDER THE OVER-PASSING SKIES
SO HEAVY THE LOAD. HEART AND SOUL
IS ALL I HAVE TODAY TO GIVE.

VERSE
And the indian paintbrush falls
Beside the road – nature calls.
Hope these shoes can take the miles today
I know there’s bread ahead and a place to stay.

REPEAT CHORUS

BRIDGE
What is goin’ on?
Is this the dusk, or the dawn?
This suffering must end.

1/2 VERSE
I see a rainbow on up ahead.
There’s still some faith and hope in this hard, old head.

REPEAT CHORUS

OUTRO = VERSE/INTRO
Track Name: Dawn of An Age
"Dawn of an Age"
words and music by Chris Knudson
©Tathata Music (ASCAP) • All rights reserved.

INTRO

VERSE
I am your man
with a fair-trade plan.
Just feel the sand
Slippin’ through your hands.
If it’s up to me
We’ll be dancing to the beat of eternity
Rising up through our bodies.

CHORUS
HERE WE ARE AT THE DAWN OF AN AGE.
RAGE AND SUFFERING GONNA MELT AWAY
LIKE TEARS IN THE RAIN

(note: this verse from the Mayan “The Songs of Dzitbalché”)
VERSE
Already, already. We are here in the woods,
At the edge of a pool.
Take off your clothes
Become as you were when you got here.

REPEAT CHORUS

BRIDGE

REPEAT CHORUS

OUTRO
Track Name: Fear of The Unknown
"Fear of the Unknown"
words and music by Chris Knudson
©Tathata Music (ASCAP) • All rights reserved.

VERSE
I fell in love
With a lonely girl.
Precious as a dove
In a damp and dirty world.

Death from above.
Bombs rained down from the sky
I gave her my gloves and held her close
And we started to cry.

CHORUS
FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN (3x)

VERSE
Tripping over the line.
Another child was on the way.
The incessant daily grind,
Finding places we could stay.

REPEAT CHORUS

BRIDGE
Don’t’ worry child, there’s
Nothing in the dark. Nothing in the dark.

VERSE
The sun is starting to shine.
Ice is melting away.
I pray you will be mine
Until the end of days.

REPEAT CHORUS
Track Name: Americronica
"Americronica"
words and music by Chris Knudson
©Tathata Music (ASCAP) • All rights reserved.

VERSE
Get down
and feel your feet under the ground.
Fly high
and feel your head above the sky

CHORUS
AMERICRONICA (6x)

VERSE
Go deep
and let your senses rise from sleep.
Just cruise
and love yourself inside the blues.

REPEAT CHORUS

BRIDGE
You feel the change is comin…
You feel the change is comin…

REPEAT 1st VERSE

REPEATCHORUS

REPEAT BRIDGE
Track Name: Celebrate Your Woman, Celebrate Your Man
"Celebrate Your Woman, Celebrate Your Man"
words and music by Chris Knudson
©Tathata Music (ASCAP) • All rights reserved.

VERSE (male)
She’s my sweet salvation
She’s my honeycomb.
I try to be the gentle
Bear who don’t get stung.

VERSE (male/female)
When it’s good, it’s so good.
Love is such a breeze.
But when the sword hangs over us
We’ll be damned if we fall to our knees

PRE-CHORUS
And then we look into each other’s eyes
We hold each other and realize, “you got to…”

CHORUS
CELEBRATE YOUR WOMAN, CELEBRATE YOUR MAN
EVEN WHEN YOU DRIVE EACH OTHER CRAZY
GET BACK TO WHERE YOU BEGAN

VERSE (female)
He’s my sweet salvation.
He’s my foundation.
I give him love and lift him up
When the work is done

REPEAT PRE-CHORUS

REPEAT CHORUS
Track Name: Oxygen Mask
"Oxygen Mask”
words and music by Chris Knudson
©Tathata Music (ASCAP) • All rights reserved.

INTRO

VERSE
Are we descending?
Seems like something’s gone terribly wrong
Long ago we gave up our celestial birthright
Trading wings in for our songs.

PRE-CHORUS
Should the cabin have a sudden pressure loss
Stay calm and listen for instructions from the crew
Pull the mask securely down first upon your face
So you can then assist the ones who need you.

VERSE
You said you felt like we were cruising
Safe and secure in our puddle-jumping interludes
But my dream was pushing body past its old designs
Beyond the fuel addiction moods

REPEAT PRE-CHORUS

CHORUS
BREATHE DEEP, YOU ARE RECEIVING
ALL THE LOVE THE UNIVERSE HAS GOT TO GIVE
HEART BEATS TO THE FEELING
OF WALKING LIGHTLY WHERE YOU LIVE

SOLO

VERSE
In the infinite hereafter
There is only present love
But in these moments when we fear we’ve lost control
Pull the mask down from above

REPEAT CHORUS (2x)
Track Name: Goodnight My Children
"Good Night My Children"
words and music by Chris Knudson
©Tathata Music (ASCAP) • All rights reserved.

VERSE
Goodnight my children.
I love you.
Goodnight my children.
Sweet dreams ‘til the morning dew.
Goodnight my children.
Keep strong and true.
Goodnight my children.
I love you.