JON KNIGHT INTERVIEW


Who are your musical and non-musical influences?


My musical influences are quite wide ranging, from Mississippi Fred

Mcdowell to Dire Straits. The first music that I really turned on to

and kept for myself was Neil Young and Crazy Horse, that just blew my

mind at the time. I like anything with some grit, and if it has a

melodic undertone it checks my two major boxes.


What's your outlook on the record industry today?


In some ways its great, the access to tools and information has never

been this good. I mean anyone with a laptop can make a really great

record... but the inability to generate revenues for so many artists

has made the business end very difficult. I think the whole streaming

model where you have carte-blanche access to everything ever recorded

doesn't work. There's just no incentive for creators and the money

gets behind the easy sell artists only.


What inspires you to do what you do?


If I don't do it then I'm miserable to be around. Its a longing deep

inside that you have to follow. I can't quite explain it, except to

say you know when you're doing what you should be doing!


How do you handle mistakes during a performance?


I used to get frustrated and caught up in them but now I usually just

laugh them off. If you see me turn around and wink at a band member

and they smile a little then you'll know what's going on, we're all

keenly aware of mistakes, and they happen. Sometimes we'll rib each

other after the show, saying something like "Hey, I saw what you were

going for there, Nice try!"


Is there a particular song or musical passage that never fails to move

you emotionally?


There are many, a few favourites for sure. Charles Bradley "Heartaches

and Pain", Neil Young "(Words) Between the Lines of Age" where it

builds up to an explosive solo, or something like the title track from

"Brothers in Arms" - simple but immensely satisfying.


How would you describe your perfect day?


Well, I would say it would be divided there, honestly music is a big

compromise between family and self-satisfaction! It would either be

like the day we performed recently at Moulin Blues in Ospel, NL, with

all my best friends or spending time with my two little girls on the

beach.


Who were you, or would you be nervous to meet?


I was nervous to meet Chris Robinson from the Black Crowes, I drank

too much and acted like an idiot! (Well at least that's how I remember

it). Our engineer Jeremy Darby worked on tour with many greats and I

asked him about some of my musical heroes - trying to pry some info

out of him. I concluded that Bob Dylan would be my number one pick.


If you could blink your eyes and be in a favourite place right now,

where would that be.


That would be on stage with Soulstack, doing what we love. It doesn't

matter where, however if its in Europe again soon that would be just

fine with me!


What's your claim to fame?


I have no claim to fame, but my biggest goal as a singer and

songwriter is to find my true voice, the sound of my voice in its most

natural state. I feel after years of abusing it that I can sing with a

connection to my soul. You can hear directly what is inside me when I

sing.


Is there something you would like to do more of in the future?


There are many places I would like to perform with this band, other

places in Europe and one of my personal goals is Japan. I'll just keep

on turning out songs with the band and doing our thing.


Where would you like to find yourself in ten years?


I would like to get the production and songwriting craft more honed,

to the point that I can write more comfortably. I see myself evolving

and I'm not afraid of that, especially with a group of such talented

musicians with me. Mark Wessenger and I have many ideas for the

songwriting evolution of Soulstack and all the band members have input

into the production of the songs. We would like to perform consistent

larger shows and put out solid albums consistently and grow our

listener/ fan base. Its a steady growth based on winning over

audiences which we are determined to do with every show.


Soulstack is:

Jon Knight - Lead Vocals, and Guitars, Baritone Guitar

Mark Wessenger - Piano and Organ

Chris Latta - Guitars and Baritone Guitar

Darryl "Harpo" Peterson - Bass

Tom Bona - Drums and percussion


[ also to note, Soulstack is preparing for an official release in

Europe of their catalog, and a return to Holland in Spring 2016, and

will include other European dates.]


Catalog

Soulstack- Big Red 2012

Soulstack - Five Finger Discount 2013

Soulstack- Soulstack - 2015



Jon Knight & Soulstack - Soulstack

 

Wat een heerlijk feelgood album hebben de mannen van Soulstack gemaakt. Op het al weer derde album van de band uit Canada worden we tien nummers lang blij gemaakt. Bijzonder is dat alle nummers zijn opgenomen op een analoge Studer tape machine. Het resultaat mag er zijn, wat we horen is eerlijke en vooral pure muziek. Muziek waar het plezier en de klasse van afdruipen. De muziek is misschien het best te omschrijven als Alabama Swamp, Funky, Neo Classics Soul meets ' 70's Rock and Roll.

Voor de liefhebbers horen we tot mijn vreugde op bijna elk nummer het Hammond orgel.  Mijn favoriete nummers van het  album zijn 'Tip Of My Tongue' en de heerlijke  afsluiter 'Time Don't Wait'.  Mijn advies over dit geweldige album en dito band , zegt het voort !