Jennifer Knapp performing at Cafe Eleven

November 14, 2018


with special guest Chelsea Saddler

The Original Cafe Eleven

 St. Augustine Beach, FL

$17 advance / $20 day of show

General Admission Seated Show





Jennifer Knapp has experienced enough chaos and turmoil in her life that she could write about it on every album. Instead, she made Love Comes Back Around, a collection of songs that focus on what really matters.

Produced by Viktor Krauss, Knapp’s latest features 10 compelling new tunes exploring love — but not the easy kind. These are love songs for grown-ups who have come a few miles. “It’s not just sex, it’s not just physical relationships,” Knapp says. “It’s hard work. It’s loss, it’s forgiveness, it’s a lot of things wrapped up in one.”

Love Comes Back Around pairs her fearless songwriting and strong, expressive voice with rootsy arrangements: there’s growling guitar and a snakey beat on opener “Straight Road,” subtle horns layered into the background on “Perfect Pardon” and the mournful interplay of piano and acoustic guitar on “Roll Over Me.” Knapp’s vocals are the centerpiece of the title track, which she says is “a look at the mundane things in our lives, between who makes the bed and who doesn’t, and what makes you miss your partner when she’s gone.” In other words, the real stuff.

Knapp knows plenty about that. Love Comes Back Around is her sixth album in a music career with two distinct sections. After releasing three contemporary Christian albums in the late ’90s and early 2000s, she took a long break from music and moved to Australia before resuming her career in 2009. The following year, she came out as gay and released Letting Go, her first mainstream album. Set Me Free followed in 2014, in conjunction with a memoir, Facing the Music: My Story on Howard Books/Simon & Schuster.

“At this point in my life, I’ve been in a relationship for well over a decade, I’ve had a public controversy and had to weather the storm over my sexual orientation in public, I’ve had to deal with what my faith does or doesn’t mean to my music,” Knapp says. After all that, she was ready to focus on something else. “I started thinking about a universal approach to what love is, and not just the sappy part.”

Knapp’s return to music included moving back to Nashville, where she was based earlier in her career. “I’ve experienced Nashville in two ways,” she says. “At the heart of my stardom, so to speak, when things were really busy and I toured a lot, the irony was that even though I made my home here and worked professionally here, I wasn’t home enough to enjoy the camaraderie.”

This time around, she’s home enough to have become part of a creative community. That’s how she connected with Krauss: friends of Knapp’s who knew the producer’s work recommended him. After Knapp listened, she invited Krauss out for ice cream and asked him to work with her on Love Comes Back Around.



Chelsea Saddler


 The music of Chelsea Saddler wear dusty, old leather boots with gravel in the soles and holes worn in the toe. As Chelsea played a one hour set on NPR’s “Roots and Branches” in Tennessee, she described her greatest influences as Bob Dylan, Madeline Adams and her “behind closed doors” musician father. Originally from Jacksonville, FL, Chelsea has been performing in the southeast for the past decade and has released two original albums: “The Restless Windstorm" and "The Gallows." Chelsea currently divides her time between New Orleans, LA and St. Augustine, FL and travels often in between. Chelsea recently played the VIP lounge for The Bacon Brothers and Billy Bob Thorton in Kansas City, MO and has opened for national touring artists such as Melissa Ferrick, Mount Moriah, Susan Werner, Peter Mulvey and David Olney. She has been a finalist in The Spirit of the Suwannee Springfest Songwriting Contest and has been featured on NPR Johnson City, NPR Jacksonville and The Blue Plate Special in Knoxville. She has performed at The Florida Folk Festival, The Will McLean Fest, The Gamble Rogers Festival, and made her Magnolia Fest debut in October 2014, sharing the stage with Lyle Lovett, Jason Isbell, and Bela Flek.

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