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The RJ Knapp & Honey Robin Band / Press

“Released 11/13/2013 GOT NO TOYS! (for you bad girls and boys) Our new Retro-Rocking Christmas single is now here! Written by RJ Knapp, performed by RJ Knapp & Honey Robin. Guaranteed to make you smile, and hope you've been good little girls and boys!!! Happy Holidays www.rjknapp.com”

“Honey Robin on the air! Kevin Black 1:02am Aug 18 AVAILABLE NOW: Here's the playlist for this week's http://www.facebook.com/l/gAQGMG1yzAQGarVCKUw8H0fozfCrduY_2csfrI_DZu3VhJQ/www.blackonblues.com Women in blues special. http://www.blackonblues.com/wp-content/uploads/show132.mp3 This show will also be heard next Thursday on Kansas City Online Radio at 3pm Central USA time, on East Lothian Radio in Scotland at 10.15pm BST and the following Sunday between 5 and 11pm on http://www.facebook.com/l/0AQF5CHCUAQGsbMCTds213C6GyyVtFhhHGO-6d9erACi17g/www.smokestackradio.com Janiva Magness -There It is/I Don't Want To Do Wrong Dana Fuchs-Faster Than We Can/Keep On Rolling Dierdra-Red Shoes Honey Robin-Hole In My Heart/Ready For Times To Get Better Kirsten Thein-Please Drive Makuini-Corporate Man/Down On Their Luck Lauren Mitchell-Get Off My Side Of The Bed/Quittin You Black on Blues | Home of the UK blues scene www.blackonblues.com Home of the UK blues scene”

“Deep Roots Magazine Review Part 4 ...“Hole in My Heart,” a thick, roiling blues with a spacey feel, not unlike some early Big Brother blues ballads, with Honey Robin assaying the emotional devastation of a failed romance (“it hurts so bad every day and night/everyone tells me it’ll be alright/but they don’t live with all this heartache and pain/knowing you’ll never hold me again”). Like RJ, Honey Robin’s technical gifts are not overwhelming, but her presence as a vocalist brings an urgency to her performances that more paint-by-numbers singers cannot approach. Basic, solid blues from a basic, solid band. Guaranteed to please. Hey, don’t blame the dynamite… ”

“Deep Roots Magazine Review Part 3 ... laid-back brush drums. Of course, what’s the bluz without some mean women to take to task? So it is that “Don’t Walk on Me” is RJ’s time to lash out furiously at a deceitful, lying distaff partner, as his guitar slashes and moans and the drums thunder. The band’s other voice belongs to “Honey Robin” Mahaffey (“The Canary”), who brings a strong, assertive presence to her spotlight moments. Her moody “Ready for Times” is the dark, languorous confession of a woman who has had quite enough, thank you, of bad luck in her life and looks towards a brighter future, however bone-deep hear weariness sounds. Her other big moment is on “Hole in My Heart,” a thick, roiling blues with a spacey feel, not unlike some early Big Brother blues ballads, with Honey Robin assaying the emotional devastation of a failed romance (“it hurts so bad every day and night/everyone tells me it’ll be alright/but they don’t live with all this heart”

“Deep Roots Magazine Review Part 2 But RJ’s sure enough got the blues, or bluz, in a bad way. He comes thundering out of the gate with “I Call It the Bluz,” a simple explanation his scorched earth policy when it comes to his preferred musical style, complete with a wailing, upper neck Strat solo of the type he promises in the song. In the stomping “If the Bluz Was Money,” he imagines the luxuries that would be his if he could translate his woes (some of which stem from unemployment) into cold, hard cash (“if them blues was bullion/I’d be livin’ in Fort Knox/I’d be layin’ on them gold bars/not just this pile of rocks”), with a southern-style responsive chorus seconding his testifying. In one of the album’s more somber moments, the easygoing shuffle titled “Bus Stop Bluz,” RJ bemoans his proclivity for always “standing where I shouldn’t have been/in the wrong place at the right time” and missing out on something good, as Rick J. “Dr. Demo” Bowen suppo”

“Hard, Stomping and Merciless DON’T BLAME THE DYNAMITE…IF YOU CAN’T LIGHT THE FUSE RJ Knapp & Honey Robin You might gather from the title of RJ Knapp & Honey Robin’s new album that subtlety is of secondary concern here. Chicago-born but a mainstay of the Seattle scene since 1972, guitarist-lead vocalist Knapp has assembled a quartet that plays blues—or “bluz” as it’s spelled in the titles of four of the original tunes here—hard, stomping and merciless, kind of a cross between the Windy City’s bruising urban blues and ZZ Top’s southwestern sizzle. In addition to playing fierce lead guitar, RJ also handles lead vocals on most of the tracks; suffice it to say he’s not trying to impress you with the versatility or beauty of his singing voice. His is a deep, dark growl of a voice, not pretty but an instrument demanding attention be paid (you’ll hear echoes of the great southern sage Darryl Rhoades, of Hahavishnu Orchestra fame, in RJ’s swagger, and some of young H”

“RJ Knapp was born in Chicago but has been on the Seattle scene for 30 years. This CD is almost entirely original material written by RJ with occasional assistance from Honey Robin Mahaffey (‘The Canary’) who sings backing and some lead vocals. RJ (‘Blast Master’) handles most of the lead vocals and the guitar. The rhythm section also sport nicknames and provide b/v: Rob Baker (‘Powder Monkey’) is on bass and Rick J Bowen (‘Dr. Demo’) plays drums. Lead-off track “I Call It The Bluz” is blues-rock with some powerful chords heralding the lyrics which demonstrate some touches of humour: “Don’t call me no rock and roller, I ain’t some funky white boy. Call it what you want to; me, I call it the blues”. Similarly “Don’t Let Your Mind Be Writing Checks” has the line “…that your mind can’t cash” after the title. Indeed, RJ demonstrates an ability to turn an amusing line on several of the songs here and “If The Blues Was Money” has some excellent”

“We have been very fortunate to have received 4 nominations from the Washington Blues Society 2013 BB (Best of the Blues) Award, for the RJ Knapp & Honey Robin Band and it's members! Best New Blues Band, (the RJ Knapp & Honey Robin band) Blues Songwriter (RJ Knapp) Best Blues Bass (Robert Baker) Washington Blues Recording (for our CD Don't Blame The DYNAMITE...If you can't light the fuse!).”

“Radio Interview with Pooner Clark on Locals Only, March 31, 2013 on KISM 92.9 FM, Clasic Rock”

“ Radio Interview: February 14, 2013: Clancy’s Bar & Grill, Host - Clancy Dunigan, KSER 90.7 (Clancy was awarded Blues DJ of the Year by the Washington Blues Society at their annual "Best of the Blues Awards" April 19th.)”

“ Radio Interview, Friday, January 11, 2013, with Host -Robin K, at KSER, 90.7, on Audio Indigo.”

“Radio Interview onThe Blues Note, KSVR.org Interview 12/5/12: Tune in to The Blues Note with Janice tonight at 10pm (PST) on KSVR 91.7fm / KSVU 90.1 fm or go to KSVR.org and listen in via the live stream.”

“ROOTS MUSIC REPORT, WASHINGTON, BLUES: RJ Knapp & Honey Robin, Don’t Blame the DYNAMITE, Critical Sun Recordings. #5 the week of Nov. 24, 2012 #12 for week of December 7, 2012 #12 week of December 14 #8 week of January 4, 2013 #8 week of January 18, 2013 #13 week of February 8, 2013 #13 week of March 22, 2013 #14 week of April 5th, 2013”

“Blues Underground Network's Top Picks For December 2012 - Mitch Woods "Beyond Borders - Live In Istanbul", Scottyboy Daniel Blues Band "Mercy! A Tribute To William Clarke", Tas Cru "Tired Of Bluesmen Cryin'", Dalannah Gail Bowen "Them Menz", RJ Knapp & Honey Robin "Don't Blame The Dynamite...If You Can't Light The Fuse!", and Bill Durst "Live".”

"… RJ Knapp and his crew kicked things into high gear on Saturday by making a dramatic entrance on their Harleys. The crowd went wild over that grand entrance, and their great set of music that featured RJ’s sizzling guitar work and great singing, the bar was set high for the weekend…” Baggs Groove–

"These guys played all the way over at the Big Sky Blues Festival in Noxon, Mt...and they are still talking about their set...you’ll really like these guys. They’re one of newest and hottest bands on the scene today.” Randy Oxford, Oxford Entertainment, Mt Rainier Art’s Festival

“ RJ KNAPP & HONEY ROBIN/Don't Blame the Dynamite if You Can't Light the Fuse: Don't tell this old white guy in Seattle he don't have the blues. He'll round up a bunch of his biker buddies and show you who has the blues. A power blues show band relying heavily on originals, this bunch is a gasser that really know how to being the electric, amped up bluz (their word). No fair, Knapp probably bugged my phone and knew in advance I'd be partial to a record with a song called "Son of a Mother F... B...(sorry had to edit that part, and SOMFB doesn't quite stand for that...Honey Robin edit)". This bunch will get your blood flowing and keep you up all night. Once again we find the future of the blues is in good hands. Hot stuff. Chris Spector Midwest Record Lake Zurich, IL. ”

“CD Review, RJ Knapp & Honey Robin, Don't Blame the DYNAMITE...If you cna't light the fuse!...If you enjoy full-throttle blues powered by solid electric guitar, you’ll enjoy Don’t Blame the Dynamite… If You Can’t Light the Fuse. The straight-ahead country blues on “If the Bluz Was Money” relies on the spot-on rock steady beat from the considerably talented engine room of Rick “Dr. Demo” Bowen and “Rob “Powder Monkey” Baker on bass, punctuated by the Blues Master’s fluid slide work. “Hole in My Heart” gives RJ a chance to stretch with some opening, low-key licks that frame Honey Robin’s sultry vocals, and his inspired noodling up and down the fretboard shows that, as a guitar player, he’s much more than a three-chord power player. RJ’s been around the Seattle blues scene since the early 80’s, and he’s earned the nickname “Mr. Bluz” by paying his dues in Pioneer Square clubs. RJ’s inventive songwriting and innovative guitar playing are front”

“CONTINUED CD REVIEW: RJ Knapp & Honey Robin, Don't Blame the DYNAMITE...If you can't light the fuse! CONTINUED...Since that International Blues Competition at the now-closed Oxford Saloon in downtown Snohomish, RJ and his band have played at the Big Sky Blues Festival in Noxon, Montana, and returned to the Blues to Benefit the Brave benefit held in Snohomish County in 2011 and 2012. I hope that this CD will get RJ, Honey Robin, Rick, and Rob more attention and more gigs throughout the Pacific Northwest. Their CD release party was held on December 7th at Cyndy’s Broiler in Stanwood, Washington, and I hope that we can feature the magic of that night in a future Washington Blues Society Bluesletter. Listen to clips from the CD... After you check out the 15 (yes, 15!) cuts on the CD, please tell your favorite blues club that this Bothell, Washington-based blues outfit can really put on a show! ”

“RJ Knapp & Honey Robin's new CD, Don't Blame The DYNAMITE...If you can't light the fuse!, made the Blues Underground Network's top 10 CD's for the year 2012, and for December's top picks, and pick of the week November 18-24th! Blues Underground Network's Top Picks For December 2012 - Mitch Woods "Beyond Borders - Live In Istanbul", Scottyboy Daniel Blues Band "Mercy! A Tribute To William Clarke", Tas Cru "Tired Of Bluesmen Cryin'", Dalannah Gail Bowen "Them Menz", RJ Knapp & Honey Robin "Don't Blame The Dynamite...If You Can't Light The Fuse!", and Bill Durst "Live".”

“AirPlayDirect.com/rjknapphoneyrobin • Top 50 APD Blues Albums - Last Week, (as of 8:04pm Tuesday, December 4th 2012) #32 ”

“Chefjimi – Jimi Awards 2012, Coolest Release Title: JR Clark: “Icicles On My Ceiling” Mighty Sam McClain: “Too Much Jesus (And Not Enough Whisky)” Kenny Kearney: “Ghosts of Psychedelta” Paula Harris: “Turning On The Naughty” RJ Knapp & Honey Robin: “Don’t Blame The Dynamite…If You Can’t Light The Fuse” Some great titles here, but gotta go with Mr. McClain’s. ”

"RJ Knapp and Honey Robin understand what it is to engage and entertain an audience from beginning to end.Not only have I seen them start their show by entering a Festival on their Harley's, but they tend to open every show with a unique entrance. Their ability to follow up with a great show is what separates them from most. They are a class act, a very entertaining show full of original music and fun and they are a must see show" Randy Oxford Oxford Entertainment The Randy Oxford Band Big Sky Blues Festival