As far as I am concerned there is one great voice of traditional country music in the Pacific Northwest. That voice belongs to Knut Bell. I first met Knut in 2003 and was struck by how much we had in common: Both of us are very proud of our Northwest Scandinavian heritage. Both us grew up learning the folk songs of the region. Both of us have a high regard for real country music as played by Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Horton and Johnny Cash. Both of us have a deep love for a Pacific Northwest that barely exists anymore; an area that belonged to the hard working people who shaped the region. I have always considered Knut to be a kindred spirit.
Knut grew up in Skagit County, easily one of the most beautiful places in Western Washington. It has shaped his songs and stories. Knut has a thunderous deep voice and writes great songs that resonate with anyone who takes the time to listen. He has just released a new record, “Wicked, Ornery, Mean, and Nasty.” It is his best yet. I never had the pleasure of playing lead guitar for him back in Seattle… The timing was never right.
This year Knut and I got back in touch and arranged for him to come to Nashville, play a couple shows and conduct some business. Knut brought his excellent drummer, Lewis Warren, who has drummed with me on many projects back in Seattle and is a great friend. Knut and Lew stayed for a week back in early April and the trip was successful to the point that he is coming back for a another show and a couple of sessions and business meetings this week. So! If you missed Knut last time through, you can see him at Derek Hoke‘s Two Dollar Tuesday at The 5 Spot, May 31st.
Knut Bell is completely worthy of any hype praised on him. I cannot express to y’all what a pleasure it is to play with him and his huge voice. I hope that y’all will come out to the 5 Spot this Tuesday Night. Here is a some footage of his last visit:
(Thanks to Kathryn M. Johnson for the fine photos and video!)