Knotworking is the brainchild of singer/songwriter Edward Gorch, whose low-key and literate meditations on the victories and losses of love and life are matched by the strong but spacious sound of his band. Gorch first formed Knotworking in Poughkeepsie, NY, in the late '90s; the band's lineup was flexible in terms of both size and personnel, though lead guitarist Michael Hotter has been a consistent member throughout. Shortly after releasing a self-titled debut album in early 2000, Gorch and Hotter relocated the group to Albany, NY, hoping to find greater recognition in a larger market. The new version of the group soon found an avid following in Albany and in 2001, Gorch and Hotter recorded the second Knotworking album with a revolving cast of Albany area musicians in the attic of Gorch's apartment building. The album, called Notes Left Out, was released by the end of the year and the local magazine Metroland named Knotworking the Best New Band of 2001. By 2002, the band had finally settled on a consistent lineup: Gorch, Hotter, Dan Winchester on bass, Megan Prokorym on violin, and Scott Sinclair Smith on drums. When not busy finishing up his college degree and recording and performing with Knotworking, Edward Gorch supports himself as a garbage collector, which he claims has had an unexpectedly beneficial effect on his career in music: he's found a surprising amount of workable equipment tossed out along his route, including the four-track tape machine he used to record much of Notes Left Out.
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