Jim Knable

Jim Knable and Claudia Mogel.jpgNEXT GIG: Freddy's Back Room in Brooklyn, May 11, 2019 8:30pm.

Jim Knable has been writing and performing songs since his college days, playing all over the United States and Europe at various clubs, coffee houses, house parties and select fire escapes.

In 2000, he recorded his first solo CD Miles. Then he formed The Randy Bandits and recorded music with them.

Now, he plays solo gigs, gigs with various members of The Randy Bandits, and gigs with new friends. Most recently, he has written songs and performed at live recordings for the Unorthodox Podcast. He has just released an album of his songs for this thoughtful, irreverent Jewish podcast (named one of the top 50 podcasts of 2016 by The Guardian) called THE UNORTHODOX DEMOS.

About his setting of letters to Unorthodox Podcast to music the A.V.Club wrote:

"...the star of the week may be singer-songwriter Jim Knable, who pulls from the same pool of letters as Firestone and Ratliff but puts the words to music. Knable's punky take on an aggressive pitch email for a book called Crossing The Boundary, in particular, could serve as a world-class advertisement in itself."

After playing the featured set at Big City Folk's "Song Club" at Fawkner on February 21, 2019:

At Freddy's Backroom in Brooklyn on February 10, 2018:

Some recent songs:

Other reviews:

"A playwright by training, Knable has grown more serious about song writing and performance in recent years. I've never seen one of his plays, but judging from his debut CD, he's got a valid option if the theatre does not smile upon him. For the most part accompanied only by his beloved acoustic guitar (in the tradition of B.B. King, he's named it "Loraine" and opens the record with a tender ode to the instrument), Jim projects a friendly, slightly off-kilter persona that's immediately appealing. Drawing on blues and folk music for inspiration, and delivering his lyrics with playful abandon, Knable evokes a young Bob Dylan... The unadorned production of Miles establishes an intimacy that Jim uses to his advantage. Keep an eye out for the guy - I will!"
-Jim Santos
Demo Universe

"Jim Knable is a weird, but very talented guy. His avant garde singer-songwriting style covers everything from an ode to his guitar ("Loraine") to a ditty about an overzealous civil servant ("Sexual Postman"). Knable's witty and wacky sense of humor and performance sense make these songs memorable as well as thoroughly enjoyable ("Young In America", "I'm Not Charles Bukowski"). In spirit, Knable seems to be the perfect male companion act to Phoebe from FRIENDS and her acoustic coffeehouse warbling, only Knable's guitar playing is decisively stellar. Intelligent and unique, Jim Knable's MILES is bound to earn some miles in your CD player if you're on the hunt for some David Byrne-esque left of center singer-songwriter fare.
-Mike SOS
3:16 Productions