Rock + Americana + Plant Medicine = Americronica

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

About the Artist

The Basics...

Chris Knudson is a songwriter, composer, musician, bandleader, producer, and engineer having lived and worked in Texas, New York City, Los Angeles, Berlin, Germany, and currently Portland, Oregon. He primarily produces, records and releases music on Lightstone Records under the Kanude and previously Val Holler monikers. His music has been featured in HBO's “True Blood” and the seminal indie film “El Mariachi.”

The Collaborators...

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

Bryan Doherty, bass (Hood Smoke)

Steve Christensen, recording and 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 (Ray Wylie Hubbard, Courtyard Hounds)

Eric Jarvis, drums (Laidlaw, Sonnier Brothers)

Billy Harvey, guitar (Patty Griffin, Katey Sagal)

Eric "Roscoe" Ambel, guitar (Joan Jett, The Bottle Rockets)

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

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

Brad Albetta, co-producer, bass (Glen Hansard, Sean Lennon, Martha Wainwright)

...and many others

The Influences

"The earliest music I remember listening to was the American and British music of the late 1960s and early 1970s, on 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 wood-enclosure stereo system. I moved forward and backward musically from there."

Official Kanude Recordings

Check out the Kanude and Val Holler albums and singles via digital platforms (iTunes, Spotify etc) as well as directly from the Lightstone Records artist page via Bandcamp!

Kanude music

Official Kanude merchandise

Support your favorite eclectic troubadour with some fun merchandise at the official store!

Kanude Merch

Events / Performances

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