The Knitters at Lincoln Center…

The Knitters are a Los Angeles-based band who play country, rockabilly and folk music. At the time of their formation they were pioneers[citation needed] of country punk, cowpunk or folk punk, the genre which gradually evolved[citation needed] into alternative country. The Knitters’ name is a play on the name of the folk group The Weavers.

The Knitters’ debut album Poor Little Critter on the Road was released in 1985. It included mainly traditional and cover songs, together with some X songs performed in an acoustic style. The album drew on blues, folk, country and rockabilly influences. In 1999, the label Bloodshot Records released a track-by-track tribute to the album entitled Poor Little Knitter on the Road.
After the debut album’s release, all the group members continued to work with their primary bands. Dave Alvin also later pursued a solo career.
Twenty years later, in 2005, the group released their second and ironically-titled album, The Modern Sounds of the Knitters. John Doe has been quoted [1] as saying “The Knitters, like their music, don’t do anything hasty. Since our last record’s been out for a while and it did pretty good, we figured it was just about time to put out another.” The Modern Sounds of the Knitters has been well-received by critics

Photo’s of The Knitter’s…


The Knitters, an offshoot of the band X, return music to its authentic roots. Displaying their virtuosity The Knitters perform music from which rock n’ roll evolved from. Drawing upon an acoustic sensibility The Knitters show they can rock with the best of them.

John Doe at Maxwells in NY August 07…


Since the early days of X, I have always been a great fan of John ¬†Doe. He continually presents a new identity constantly. In this photoset I captured him at Maxwell’s performing his solo work with the back up band Dead Rock West. In this show John mixed solo work with classics from X. It was also a nice mixture between his rock numbers and folk pieces. He has the uncanny ability to go from hard rock tunes to searing insightful folk ballads.