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Austin, Texas, United States | INDIE

Austin, Texas, United States | INDIE
Band Rock Americana


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"Lee Underwood"

"Heartfelt songs, terrific singing, well-composed and arranged music, and right in the ball park for radio play."
- Lee Underwood, Tim Buckley guitarist

"Lorca Simons review"

"High energy beats, raw guitar riffs, driving vocals and cool songs." - Lorca Simons, Actress

"Will Lerner - Val Holler "Versicle" review"

Holler has a voice that has a plaintive, searching quality that proves hard to resist the more you listen to his music. Shimmering acoustic guitars play progressions both familiar and surprising over Hip-Hop-inspired drumbeats while electric guitars add to the atmosphere. - LISTEN.Com

"Edward H. King - Val Holler"

It is root music with lyrical structure that has a message in each verse. A great writer and performer, this man is going far.... - CWC News

"Cowboy Surfer - Val Holler "Versicle" review"

The CD has a nice down home feel to it. It's a CD you can sit down and relax to with a quirky insightfulness and peaceful emotion. Holler's approach is similar to say Tom Waits, but in his own way. Especially on 'Blue-Eyed Soul' and 'Ten Miles to Bliss' which is a Waits style hoe down you can kick your heels to. On 'Solitude for Two,' he stretches out in a jazzier mode and 'Midlight' features a nice flute accompaniment. 'Soma Tea' puts it all into perspective and leaves you wanting more." - Seedless Records

"A record deserving a wide audience"

"This is indeed a fine record, full of varying moods and textures, while keeping a firm hand on its Rock and Roll identity. "Wheels" is a song that could have been written by a young Brian Wilson, if he had only grown up nearer the Pasadena that is in Texas, rather than the one that is in California."
- Robert A. Sharp, Jr., Amazon.com (Jul 15, 2008) - Amazon.com

"Approaching perfection"

"One of the best indie recordings to hit the market for 2008… a roadhouse riot with loud, pumping guitars and thunder drums churning up a frothy soundscape. The vocal stylings pay homage to great rockers of the 1950's. Image a pissed off Roy Orbison wailing away after a peyote binge."
- David H. Ruisard, Amazon.com (Jul 10, 2008) - Amazon.com

"'Sweet But Sour' sounds like..."

"'Sweet But Sour' sounds like Bowie and Ian Hunter jamming ‘Synchronicity II’ with Frank Zappa writing the arrangement. That’s my favorite.”
- Dan Workman, Sugar Hill Studios - n/a


Kanude - "Kanude" (Lightstone Records, September 2008)
Chris Knudson - "Stand Up And Be Counted" (2006 Kinky Friedman TX Governor campaign song)
Knudson & Clarke - "Knudson & Clarke Sessions" (Sugar Hill Studios, 2005, unreleased)
Val Holler - "Berlin Sessions" (limited release, 2003)
Val Holler and Julia Christina - "Light of The World" (Xmas CD, Lightstone Records, 2000)
Val Holler - "Versicle" (Lightstone Records, 1999)
The Val Holler Band - "EP" (limited release, 1997)



Chris "Kanude" Knudson is a rock/americana singer/songwriter and producer originally from Houston, Texas, and is currently residing in Austin. He has lived and worked previously in Texas, New York City, Los Angeles and Berlin, Germany, recording and releasing records on his own Lightstone Records under the Kanude and Val Holler monikers. He has recorded and performed with many talented musicians across the country, including Yogi Lonich (Chris Cornell, Wallflowers, Buckcherry), George Reiff (Ray Wylie Hubbard, Charlie Sexton, Ian Moore), Billy Harvey (Bob Schneider, Trish Murphy, Steve Poltz), Eric Jarvis (Laidlaw, Kat Edmonson, Matt Johnson), Eric "Roscoe" Ambel (The Bottle Rockets, Steve Earle, Joan Jett), and Brad Albetta (Martha Wainwright, Sean Lennon, Teddy Thompson). Knudson found early success while attending The University of Texas at Austin as a composer/musician on Robert Rodriguez' critically acclaimed, low-budget feature film debut El Mariachi.