Fred Knipe's careers have created large camps of followers in several different worlds. In country music his songs have been recorded by legends like Eddy Arnold, Mickey Gilley, Asleep At The Wheel, Michael Johnson, and country's "Gentle Giant" Don Williams who went to number one on the charts with "Listen To The Radio". Fred has also won Emmys 4 times as a writer for television. And he's a narrator and actor: PBS has broadcast national specials featuring his voice, and his one-man play, "Ludiker", has been presented in Seattle and Minneapolis. But his largest group of followers know Fred as a speaker, a humorist who has delighted hundreds of audiences with his bent observations about their professions.
The Show Now the music and the humor have converged. The Swimming With Tigers Show is a solo performance of songs from the Swimming With Tigers CD with running commentary and perilous advice.
Genre: singer/songwriter Alternative genre: country cabaret
The Swimming With Tigers CD:
This new collection of songs tops all earlier achievements in Fred's humble opinion. It's richer. More distilled. It's for people who enjoy having their minds engaged as well as their ears when they buy entertainment. "People for whom the words are at least as important as the music", he says. "Maybe they buy more books than albums. But there's nothing elitist about this music, these songs aren't puzzles for Mensa members, they're accessible to everybody. Just richer. The way gourmet food is not better than mac-and-cheese, there's just more to the experience."
Music as a vehicle for humor is less common today than it once was. Earlier practitioners included Tom Lehrer, Randy Newman, Roger Miller and even Bob Dylan whose mercurial persona drifts often toward the ludicrous. The 12 songs in Swimming With Tigers express the beliefs of an alter-ego minted specifically for this album, a hopeful fellow who is subject to lapses of judgment and awkward consequences. Deep thoughts from a shallow vessel can be endearing as well as funny.
Here then is a new friend for listeners, somebody to be amused by, even to care about. But not to lend your car to.
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