KANUDE

KANUDE

 Austin, Texas, USA
BandRockAmericana

KANUDE is a hybrid of rock and americana music -- call it "Americronica" -- fronted by Chris "Kanude" Knudson out of Austin, Texas.

Biography

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.

Lyrics

Blond-Haired Mary

Written By: Chris Knudson

"Blonde-Haired Mary”
words and music by Chris Knudson
©Tathata Music (ASCAP)

I never met a Blonde-haired Mary, till I met you.

I never met no Blonde-haired Mary, till I met you.

CHORUS
SHAKING YOUR GROOVE THING
MAKING MY HEART SING

I never did a tantra twister, till I met you.
I never did no tantra twister, till I met you.

CHORUS

BRIDGE
Make a lot of love.
Move a lot of love.

VERSE SOLO

REPEAT VERSE 1

REPEAT CHORUS (3x)

Johnny and Paul

Written By: Chris Knudson

"Johnny and Paul"
words and music by Chris Knudson
©Tathata Music (ASCAP)

Thomas Dang came from Vietnam.
Brought his family to the Texas sun.
He ran a grocery and business was fair.
His son Johnny opened a jewelry repair.

One day an enterprising dude walked in.
He flashed Johnny his diamond grin.
His name was Paul from the Swisher house.
He rapped and rhymed in the Dirty South.

CHORUS
JOHNNY EMIGRATED KÊ MÔN
A SMALL VILLAGE IN VIETNAM
PAUL WAS RAISED IN HOUSTON, NORTHWEST SIDE
HE TIPPED AND TOILED FOR A BETTER RIDE...

BRIDGE
“And he shouted out:”
“Flash your grill, baby...”
“The life I live, baby...”

You gotta hustle till the day is done.
It takes work to be a number one.
There’s still room in the USA
To grab a dream and not fade away.

CHORUS 2x

BRIDGE

OUTRO

Sunday Morning

Written By: Chris Knudson

"Sunday Morning"
words and music by Chris Knudson
©Tathata Music (ASCAP)

Here we are again at the edge of our new beginning.
Mistakes are in the past. We were young and sure of winning.
Pour your color over me and I’ll gladly bathe in your light.
I won’t brush you off this time and I’ll try to do you right.

CHORUS
I HOLD YOU CLOSE. YOU WHISPER IN MY EAR:
“I’M EASY AS SUNDAY MORNING.”
WE DANCE ALONE JUST LIKE IT’S YESTERDAY.
THE LIGHTS IN HERE ARE GLOWING.

Here I am again writing words to try and clear my heart, head.
Should I dwell upon the night you found me with another in my bed.
I pour over the details of our crazy, sweet old times.
And now I’m back again here in Manhattan by your side.

CHORUS

BRIDGE

Here we are again at the edge of our new beginning.
Time has passed on by. You’re still so fine, my head is spinning.
I’d love to come and stay uptown and be with you all night.
But it’s just Thursday night, and honestly it don’t feel right.

CHORUS

OUTRO

In Flux

Written By: Chris Knudson and Tomas Glass

"In Flux"
words by Tomas Glass • music by Chris Knudson
©Tathata Music (ASCAP)

I flux (my) ideals. Oh yeah, I can feel,
The same way as you did back then.
I’ve tried so hard to tear this world apart
Now I’m scarred by the deal.

CHORUS
AS I LOOK BACK IN MY MIND I STUMBLE WHEN I FIND
THE WOMAN’S FACE I TRIED TO CONCEAL.
WITH A BOTTLE AND A KNIFE I WRECKED MY LOVE, MY LIFE
HURT SO BAD THAT I TRIED NOT TO FEEL.

You broke my heart and tore it all apart.
Now I’m out here all alone.
I changed my mind so many times –
The thought of you cuts me to the bone.

CHORUS

SOLO

In flux (my) ideals. (I’m) not gonna feel,
The same way as I did back then.
The rain whistles by. I hang my head and cry,
And tell myself to keep moving on.

CHORUS

OUTRO

Hangover Train

Written By: Chris Knudson and Tomas Glass

"Hangover Train"
words by Tomas Glass • music by Chris Knudson
©Tathata Music (ASCAP)

Love is a hangover train from Denver
Casting off vein-strained eyes.
Broken hearts with tangled tracks,
The day I said goodbye.

Pulling the thread through the needle,
My hands feel the smack.
Cracking this ruler – catching cool winds…
For me there’s no going back.

CHORUS
‘CAUSE HONEY I SAID YOU WERE THE ONE TO BLAME
FOR ALL OF THE WRONGS THAT I’VE DONE
BUT I’VE STILL GOT MY EVIL WAYS
EVIL WAYS, BUT I’TS ME THAT HAS TO PAY AND PAY

So I set off for the mile-high city
With only eight dollars and my clothes in a paper sack.
But there won’t be no light on there to greet me,
Just the bars down on old Colfax.

The leaves of the trees are falling.
What the hell am I to do,
While this train is slowly rolling
Past the girl that I knew?

CHORUS

SOLO

Now, I’m walking these city streets
Looking for a home.
And I know she’s just an illusion
So I got to go alone.

CHORUS

REPEAT FIRST VERSE

Find Your Way Home

Written By: Chris Knudson

"Find Your Way Home"
words and music by Chris Knudson
©Tathata Music (ASCAP)

There's a face inside your eyes,
And the west wind breaks down across it.
There's a space between the lines,
And the late sun breaks down upon it.

CHORUS
YOU CAN FIND YOUR WAY BACK HOME.

Lay down on your bed of nails.
There's some cold gin waiting there for you.
Let your head forget what ails you.
There's a warm gun waiting before you.

CHORUS

BRIDGE
It don't matter, baby, what you've done.
Anyway, no one would believe,
How many pearls you dropped down in the mud.
How many you threw back to the sea....

All your family waits for you,
And there's a great feast that lights up the night sky.

CHORUS

OUTRO

Discography

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)

Set List

Typical 45-minute set would consist of 10 originals and possibly 1 cover. Longer sets or double sets would vary accordingly.

Typical originals:
BLOND-HAIRED MARY
JOHNNY AND PAUL
SUNDAY MORNING
HANGOVER TRAIN
CHURCH OF THE FROZEN GHOST
SWEET BUT SOUR
FIND YOUR WAY HOME
HEADPHONE KIDS
MONARCH
WHEELS