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House of Sod

by Kyle Knapp

folk/roots/americana stories from the prairie - nostalgia, midwest history, songs from the heart, warmed by Heaven's kiss. . .
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Down the River Road
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2. 'cross the Wide Missouri
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3. the Song that Joe Hears
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4. Daughter of the Snow
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5. Is this Heaven?
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6. Continue On
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7. Barnswallow Dance
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8. Sybil
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9. Mother's Day
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10. the Road
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11. Desperado
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12. Mercy on Me
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13. House of Sod
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Album Notes
"Earth's crammed with Heaven, and every common bush afire with God" (Elizabeth Barrett Browning)

In the 1800's, European settlers in the American heartland were often faced with a shortage of building materials. So they cut out blocks of prairie earth and stacked them up like oversized bricks, building "sod houses" to live in.

Kyle Knapp's newest and most heartfelt project, "House of Sod", a bit rootsier than his previous "Refugee" release, makes use of this historical motif to explore such themes as the changing seasons of life, the wonders of nature, spirituality expressed through simplicity of heart, perseverance and courage through death and loss, humility and repentance, and the mysterious interactions between the divine and the physical "real" world. The title track compares the sod houses of American antiquity with the creation story of Genesis, in which God forms man from the earth, building a "sod house" for his own Spirit to live in.

Stellar session performances by Tim Hosper (bass & slide guitar), Chris Peterson (fiddle), Greg Lowry (accordion and lap steel) and others complement Kyle's own vocal and acoustic guitar work, resulting in a simple yet full and engaging collection, with a hint of "country" flavor.

Players:
Kyle Knapp: Acoustic guitars, vocals (plus some bass guitar, whistling, percussion, jug...)
Tim Hosper: Slide guitar, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, bg vocals
Chris Peterson: Violin
Greg Lowry: Accordion, lap-steel guitar
Kevin Hall: Drums & percussion
Michael Rubin: Harmonica
Kirk Williams: Bg vocals, bass guitar
Mike Evans: Drums, Percussion, "Sod Shanty" vocal
Landa Taylor-Thompson: Percussion
Erin Onkka: "Mystery of the Gospel" voiceover
Russ Goldstein: "Sod Shanty" harmonica, guitar and bg vocal


Produced by Kyle Knapp, Bruce Newman, & Tim Hosper
Engineered (mostly) at Barnstormers, Austin TX, by Bruce Newman
Mixed by Kyle Knapp at Dry Creek Studio, Omaha
Mastered by Doug Van Sloun at Studio B
Home-grown in the fertile prairie soil

Printing & Disc Replication by IsoDisc, Omaha NE
(NOTE: while CD Baby lists the format of this disc as "CD-R", this is NOT some home-burned project with a stick-on label, but a professionally screen-printed, duplicated and packaged product. Visit isodisc.com for info on their replication standards.)

For full lyrics, reviews and more, visit www.kyleknapp.com/houseofsod
For Kyle's other albums visit www.kyleknapp.com/disco.htm or www.cdbaby.com/all/kyleknapp

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Ken Verheecke, Heartcall Music

Reminds me of Neil Young's stuff...
I totally enjoyed it!!! I think it is your BEST work to date. It's got so much vibe... it reminds me of Neil Young's stuff... which I LOVE so much. Keep putting out real, honest to goodness records like that... sheesh it's soooo good :-) ~Ken Verheecke, www.kvmusic.net
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Tim Price

Kyle's best effort yet...
House of Sod is Kyle Knapp's best effort yet... no shallow imitations or clichés... contemplative, reminiscent, spiritual... fresh!
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Jon Zens, Searching Together Magazine

A Musical Feast!
House of Sod is special to me. ...revived many of the feelings and experiences that shaped me as a young man -- the longing for simplicity, the grandeur of the plains and the struggle to carve out a life in difficult circumstances... ..a musical feast!
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Charlie Pugh

an awesome collection of music
...House of Sod is an awesome collection of music. ...has a touch of country feel to it. not 'country/western' but a type of folk not played on the street corners of big cities but from the porches of the heartland...
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Eric Dilliard

Best CD I have heard in a long time.
Best CD I have heard in a long time. Don't need to skip around on tracks, amazing album all the way through!
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John Pinder, MuddyCup Coffeehouse

Nicely done!
I've been enjoying your CD several times this week on my commute to work. Nicely done!
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Bob Alonge, New Song Arts Center

HOUSE OF SOD made me cry...
...love it! I like cuts 8 (Sybil) and 9 (Mother's Day)... but HOUSE OF SOD made me cry. It was 'Spirit touching Spirit'!
~Bob Alonge
New Song Arts Center, Rockland MA
www.newsongartscenter.org
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