The music of Kolby Knickerbocker is simple yet powerful. Soulful folk would be a start but doesn’t quite capture the essence of Kolby’s music; there has to be heart, and lots of it.
The vulnerability of Knickerbocker’s music comes from the joy and pain of life experience, tracing back to his adolescence and the frequency of moving away from family and friends. These relocations took him from Miami to Atlanta, highschool in San Diego, college in Santa Barbara, London, Poland, Sacramento, and finally Bend, Oregon which he currently calls home. The keen sting of loss early in his life propelled him toward music to soothe his wounds during these painful moments. He says, “The repeated loss of friends is heart-breaking. Through my songs, I’ve found that there is beauty in sadness and deep joy in discovering new friends and being at peace in being alone. My songs speak to love and loss, the beauty in life and in love; I think my fans recognize that and it’s why my songs speak to them. Everyone has experienced loss at some level; my music tries to put words and sound to that experience.”
From an early age, Knickerbocker was always drawn to music and soon recognized his unusual talent to “feel” how a song was going. He started playing guitar at the age of 10 but didn’t fully realize the capacity of his gift until he was in his mid-20s.