Knut Reiersrud

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Knut Reiersrud
Knut Reiersrud at Notodden bluesfest 2013.JPG
Background information
Born (1961-02-12) 12 February 1961 (age 54)
Oslo, Norway
Origin Norwegian
Genres Blues and jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
and radio program host
Instruments Guitar
Labels Kirkelig Kulturverksted
Big Dipper Records
Associated acts Knut Reiersrud Band

Knut Reiersrud (born 12 February 1961 in Oslo, Norway) is a Norwegian blues guitarist. His work also incorporates elements of Norwegian traditional music and African music. He lives in Oslo. He has collaborated extensively with the Norwegian organist Iver Kleive. He is lead guitarist and one of the original members of Cloudberry Cream.[1]


Reiersrud also plays the harmonica, mandolin, langeleik, oud, and Turkish saz, he has composed music for four Norwegian movies, and together with Iver Kleive, took part in the opening ceremony of the '94 Olympic Winter Games.[1]

In 2008 Reiersrud established his own festival «Trestock» at Nesodden, where a superteam of Norwegian musicians contributed. Among the artists can be mentioned Odd Nordstoga, Valkyrien Allstars and Reiersrud with his own K. R. Band, and in collaboration with organist Iver Kleive. Upcoming artists which is exciting for the younger audience like Jarle Bernhoft (ex «Span») with his new project, and the band «Lester», which is Nikolai Eilertsen (ex BigBang) and David Wallumrød, and the indie band «Maika». Names like The Grand, Amund Maarud's rock band, Spellemannprisen nominated Hemisfair[disambiguation needed], the girls who play lively frantic noise in Katzenjammer, Rockabilly girls in Lucky Lips, the country artist Ivar Thomas, the Nesodden heroes «Foggy Boys» and «Midnight Special», the traditional music trio «Vrang» and «Drøbak Bluesband».[2]

Reiersrud has for many years been host of the NRK radio program Bluesasylet together with Knut Borge. The program is meant to be a playground and a respite for blues and blues-friends of all shades.[3]


  • 1991: Spellemannprisen for the album Blå koral
  • 1992: Gammleng-prisen in the class Studio
  • 1995: Notodden Bluesfestivalpris
  • 2004: Spellemannprisen for Pretty Ugly
  • 2006: Danish Grammy for the tune "Nåde Over Nåde"


Solo albums[edit]

  • 1993 - Tramp (Kirkelig Kulturverksted), released in the U.S. in 1994 under the title Footwork
  • 1995 - Klapp (Kirkelig Kulturverksted)
  • 1998 - Soul of a Man (Kirkelig Kulturverksted)
  • 1999 - Sub (Kirkelig Kulturverksted)
  • 2001 - Sweet Showers of Rain (Kirkelig Kulturverksted)
  • 2004 - Pretty Ugly (Kirkelig Kulturverksted)
  • 2009 - Gitar (Big Dipper Records)
  • 2013 - Aftonblues (Bluestown Records)

Collaborative works[edit]


  1. ^ a b Knut Reiersrud. Store Norske Leksikon. Retrieved 2012-10-23. 
  2. ^ "Reiersrud lager sin egen festival" (in Norwegian). 2008-03-13. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  3. ^ "Bluesasylet" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  4. ^ "Knut Reiersrud Discography". Retrieved 2012-09-23. 
  5. ^ "One Drop Is Plenty". Valley Entertainment. Retrieved 2011-07-12. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
No Open class award
Recipient of the Open class Spellemannprisen
Succeeded by
Ole Edvard Antonsen
Preceded by
Olav Dale, Terje Methi & Bent Wiedswang
Recipient of the Studio Gammleng-prisen
Succeeded by
Edvard Askeland, Karl Johan Helgesen & Ida Lind
Preceded by
Vidar Busk
Recipient of the Blues/country Spellemannprisen
Succeeded by
Award split into two classes