"We play a genre of music called Americronica."

"Kanude comes through with a groovy celebration..." Elizabeth McQueen, KUTX

About the Artist

The Basics...

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 Portland, Oregon producing, recording and releasing music on Lightstone Records under the Kanude and Val Holler monikers. His song "Wheels" was used in HBO's True Blood.

The Collaborators...

Matt Johnson, drums (St. Vincent, Jeff Buckley)

Bryan Doherty, bass (Hood Smoke)

Steve Christensen, mix engineer (Steve Earle, Robert Ellis)

Chris Longwood, mastering engineer (Walter Lukens, Funkadelic)

Dony Wynn, drums (Robert Palmer, Robert Plant)

Brad Houser, bass (Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians)

George Reiff, bass RIP! (Ray Wylie Hubbard, Courtyard Hounds)

Eric Jarvis, drums (Laidlaw, Sonnier Brothers)

Billy Harvey, guitar (Patty Griffin)

Eric "Roscoe" Ambel, guitar (Joan Jett, The Yahoos)

Lars Goransson, mix engineer (The Cardigans, Ian Moore)

Dave McNair, mastering engineer (David Bowie, Shovels and Rope)

...and many others

The Influences

"The earliest music I remember listening to was the music of the late 60s and early 70s, from my dad's reel-to-reel tape deck:  The Beatles, Peter, Paul and Mary, The Byrds and other folk and rock acts from the era.  There are photographs of me at age 3 or 4 with these big white over-the-ear headphones plugged in to my dad's stereo system. I moved forward and backward musically from there."

The Recordings...

Check out the Kanude and Val Holler albums and singles on iTunes and other sites (Spotify etc) as well as directly from our label's artist page via Bandcamp:

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