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Chris Knight-Orange County Register

Chris Knight still fives in a trailer on 40 acres of woods In his hometown Slaughters, Ky. And like every decent Southern gothic novel, Knight’s fife and songs are full of cock-eyed characters who love, drink go to church, procreate, kill, and die with a goodnatured recklessness people in other parts of the country caret seem to muster.

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Wanted: New Country Outlaws-Billboard

“I just think we might have a little bit of attitude in our songs, as opposed to having a wimpy or silly attitude,” singer/songwriter Chris Knight says. “A lot of us don’t want to look goofy onstage.”

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Dark as midnight and mean as a rattlesnake…-Billboard

Dark as midnight and mean as a rattlesnake, A Pretty Good Guy perfectly captures the undercurrent of menace in rural American and it’s hair-trigger nobodies. For example, the title-cut character tries to persuade himself that he isn’t so bad, as doest the redneck loser-turned-murderer of “Becky’s Bible”. A fistfight is as good a diversion as any in “Oil Patch Town,” and a brother’s vengeance is skillfully delivered in the ominous “Down the River”.

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Country songwriter makes his own Southern gothic-Rolling Stone

As Flannery O’Conner immortalized the natives of Milledgeville, Georgia, in her short stories, so singer-songwriter Chris Knight brought to life the denizens of Slaughters, Kentucky, on his visceral 1998 debut. He picks up the thread on that album’s excellent follow-up, A Pretty Good Guy. Knight’s no-frills, meat-and-potatoes vocals paint a vivid picture of local badasses, desperate stick-up men and hardscrabble survivors. His previous life as a strip-mine inspector no doubt introduced Knight to many of his Pike County neighbors, who inspired his richly drawn, moving vignettes.

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He’s the next Steve Earle.-Houston Chronicle

He’s the next Steve Earle. No, make that John Prine. Bob Dylan? John Hiatt?

In no other genre than singer-songwriter are comparisons so routinely made about new kids on the block. So it is upon the arrival of Chris Knight, a Kentucky-bred hillbilly rocker with a poetic streak and a penchant for gritty tales from the battlefields of everyday life.

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A Gritty Thowback To Country’s Rural Roots-The New York Times

WHEN Chris Knight writes a song, something thing bad happens. It could be a broken heart or a destructive fire or a wife abandoning two kids and a good hus- band. A lot of times, it’s death. Most of the songs on “Chris Knight,” ‘ the most striking, confident debut to come out of Nashville in years, show lovers embittered by distance or loss. A rare happy relationship arises In “Love and a.45,” which finds a murdering cop settling down with an armed prostitute, a combination that doesn’t promise much peace.

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Singer- songwriter has a gift for storytelling-The Dallas Morning News

Don’t be surprised if someday one of Chris Knight’s songs is transformed into a movie script or a best-selling novel.

The 37-year-old singer-songwriter, whose self-titled debut album showcases his weathered voice and penchant for sobering storytelling, wants people to enjoy his music like a “book that they like to read.”

“I’m not trying to make anybody see anything different or be political or make people feel anything they don’t want to feel,” says the Kentucky native in his thick Southern accent. “I just want them to be entertained.”

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Flavorful Blends From Chris Knight – 3 stars-Los Angeles Times

“It Ain’t Easy Being Me,” the opening cut on this Kentucky native’s debut album, bust through the swinging doors like a brash fanfare for a new roots-rock hero. Knight gives this loser’s anthem, which he co-wrote with Craig Wiseman, a rugged, Steve Earle attack and a self-deprecating twang that’s pure John Prine.
“There ought to be a town somewhere Named for how I feel. Yeah I could be the mayor down there and say welcome to Sorryville”

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