“Devoted fans traveled great distances to
hear Karla. Her play list is a heartfelt
litany of one hit after another. The audience
fell in love with her music all over again.”
— Lebanon Opera House (NH)
MASSKUS PRODUCTIONS proudly announcing Award Winning Singer/Songwriter KARLA BONOFF in a special West Knoxville Concert!
Karla Bonoff has been described as one of the finest singer/songwriters of her generation. She will appear with special guest Nina Gerber (of Bryndle) at THE OPEN CHORD, (8502 KINGSTON PIKE, KNOXVILLE, TN) on Thursday November 7, performing 2 sets beginning at 7:30pm. The OPEN CHORD is known as one of the finest listening rooms in East Tennessee and is proud to host this unique offering by MASSKUS Productions.
Karla’s parents, Chester and Shirley (nee Kahane) Bonoff named her after her paternal grandfather Karl Bonoff. Born and raised in Southern California with many early 60’s Laurel Canyon musical influences, she was a songwriter by the age of fifteen. She and her sister Lisa were writing songs and playing as a duo titled “The Daughters of Chester P” named after their father, Dr. Chester Paul Bonoff. She had already fallen in love with the guitar and studied with Frank Hamilton of the famous folk group, The Weavers. By 16, Karla and her sister, Lisa auditioned for Elektra Records. An 11-song demo [recorded by Doors’ engineer Bruce Botnick] was recorded but no deal came of this first effort.
In her early career, Bonoff sang background vocals for Linda Ronstadt and Wendy Waldman before releasing her debut album in 1977, titled Karla Bonoff. Her other albums include Restless Nights (1979), Wild Heart of the Young (1982), New World (1988) and All My Life (a greatest-hits collection) in 1999. Bonoff is best known as a songwriter, but she is also noted for her hit recording of “Personally”, which became a No. 19 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as No. 3 on the Adult Contemporary chart in the middle of 1982. She also recorded “Somebody’s Eyes” for the Footloose (1984) soundtrack and “Standing Right Next To Me” on the 8 Seconds (1994) soundtrack.
Bonoff’s first live album was released in September 2007. This double CD includes many of her best-known songs performed live in concert on October 24, 2004, in Santa Barbara, California (except for one song recorded on July 30, 2005, in Japan). She was backed by her touring band, which includes the late Kenny Edwards (guitar, bass, mandolin, cello, vocals) and Nina Gerber (guitar) plus long-time associate Scott Babcock (drums and vocals).
Bonoff was also a member of the group Bryndle, which included Wendy Waldman and Kenny Edwards (who also produced Bonoff’s first three albums). The band also included Andrew Gold until he left in 1996. The group first formed in the late 1960’s but did not release any albums until 20 years later with two studio albums and a live album between 1995 and 2002.
Her latest album CARRY ME HOME (2018) was released last year to overwhelming appreciation. This 16-song set featured brand new recordings of Karla’s classics and new songs by Karla, Kenny Edwards and a vintage Jackson Browne song, Something Fine, which Karla performed in the 2015 compilation, Looking Into You: A Tribute To Jackson Browne, along with fellow artists Don Henley, Bonnie Raitt, Indigo Girls, David Lindley, Lyle Lovett, Keb Mo, Lucinda Williams, Shawn Colvin and Bruce Springsteen.
Tickets are $35.00 and available on-line at https://www.prekindle.com/event/78714-karla-bonoff-knoxville or by stopping by THE OPEN CHORD, ALL THINGS MUSIC STORE located at 8502 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN. https://www.openchordmusic.com/
The fun can be shared at https://www.facebook.com/events/328485781179993/.
Learn more: http://www.karlabonoff.com/index.html