Thursday November 4, 2021 08:00 PM EDT
CL's Hal Horowitz: Knight kicked off his career in 1998 on a major label, but his Americana is just too dusky, personal and grimy for the masses. That hasn’t stopped him from digging deeper into a sound somewhat similar to what James McMurtry and Steve Earle have been crafting for years. The difference being Knight’s gruffly voiced story-songs reflect the often difficult lives of the proud blue-collar people of his Kentucky home. His 2019 release Almost Daylight, his first in seven years, might just be his finest — and darkest — yet.
From the venue:“It’s hard to know how people are gonna react,” Chris Knight says of Almost Daylight, his ninth album and first new recording in over seven years. “I’ve written songs about a lot of different things going all the way back to my first record, and some folks still think ‘somebody kills somebody’ is all I write about. Maybe that’s why I was bound and determined to get these particular songs on this album. If people like them, then we’ll be fine. But I wasn’t gonna do it any other way.”