Chris Knight brings his grit-filled country to the stage of the Capitol Theatre in historic downtown Greeneville, TN on November 18th at 8:00. Tickets for the show are available at www.capitolgreeneville.org for $25.
Chris Knight’s story begins six miles outside of Slaughters, Kentucky, a remote coal-mining town of 200 people where Knight was raised and still lives with his wife and children on 40 wooded acres. Chris graduated from Western Kentucky University in 1984 with a degree in agriculture and began working for the state as a strip-mine reclamation inspector. Following his mother’s death in 1992, he began writing songs about the people, places and pain that he’s seen, known and continues to live. His carefully honed character sketches and surely paced narratives evoke real rural life more accurately and honestly than anything you’ll hear on pop-country radio —not just the glory and the romance of ordinary Southern existence, but the darkness and the disappointments. Chris Knight’s characters have dirt under their fingernails and life behind their eyes. His live shows stay with you like a long hot summer.
Frank Liddell (Chris’ first producer of the self titled: “Chris Knight” and producer of Miranda Lambert, Lee Ann Womack, etc) spearheaded the release of “The Trailer Tapes” and “Trailer II”, early acoustic recordings capturing the artist in his true element before any possible influence from the Nashville community. A true pioneer, in the school of Lomax’s field recordings, Frank documented Chris’ body of work. “These tapes are like an amazing photograph out of an old Life Magazine, before Photoshop or fancy editing tricks, Liddell says. “What Chris was doing could be harsh, like coffee or whiskey, but he is the most honest writer I’ve ever heard in my life”.
Chris Knight is sometimes dark, often intense and always without compromise. He is an artist that unfolds with the power and fury of Cormac McCarthy meets Copperhead Road.