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, to the Mendocino Coast of Northern California, and most recently, to Portland, Oregon and Richmond, Virginia.
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.
released June 30, 2017
Chris Knudson - Lead and Background Vocals, Electric Guitars, Keys, Overdubs Recording Engineer, Producer
Matt Johnson - Drums
Bryan Doherty - Bass
Kevin McCullough - Additional guitar, track 8
Stephen Shirk - Recording Engineer (Basics)
Steve Christensen - Overdubs Recording Engineer and Mix Engineer
Chris Longwood - Mastering Engineer
Mike Frost (SLFEMP) - Album Art Design
Mack McDaniel - Associate Producer
Jack Adams - Associate Producer
Kanude is the artist name for singer/songwriter Chris Knudson primarily from the mid-2000s to the present, while based in
Texas, California, Oregon and Virginia. File under: "rock + americana + plant medicine = americronica" It has nothing to do with a small boat with paddles, but something to do with an old Scandinavian English king... maybe....more
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.
ELEVATE MY SOUL (4x)
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.
You lift me up when I see your face.
Fears melt away in a pool of grace.
Feels like we’re getting on track,
Finally made it through the attacks.
It’s takes a lot patience to lead and authentic life.
Are we descending?
Seems like something’s gone terribly wrong
Long ago we gave up our celestial birthright
Trading wings in for our songs.
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.
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
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
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