Chris Knight has long been known as a singer/songwriter who stands firmly behind the common working man, with his songs often reflecting the struggles and pitfalls we each may face in life. His Kentucky roots shine clearly once again with his new release Little Victories.
It has been 4 long years since Chris Knight released his last studio record Heart of Stone, but fortunately there is no change of direction or let down here. Knight continues to draw inspiration from the trials of blue collar Americans, and takes another gritty determined look at life itself.
Knight contributes writing credits on all 11 songs here, with such notable co-writers as Lee Ann Womack (You Lie When You Call My Name), Craig Wiseman (Nothing On Me and Hard Edges) , Gary Nicholson (Little Victories and The Lonesome Way), Austin Cunningham (You Can’t Trust No One), Sean McConnell (Out Of This Hole), Dan Baird (Jack Loved Jesse).
Produced by Ray Kennedy, this record has a live vibe to it, with no polish or dubbing done. It is hard to beat the purity flowing from the music here throughout the record. Guest appearances are also done by Buddy Miller (harmony vocals on In The Mean Time and Missing You) and John Prine even contributes on vocals with the title cut Little Victories.
Trying to pinpoint the highlights here is pointless, as from beginning to end each song hits you squarely in the chest with either its hard driving beat, heart-wrenching lyrics, no holds honesty, or story. And yes, true to any Knight record, there are some bodies left behind from time to time too.
Die hard Knight fans will recognize a few of these songs, as Chris has been playing a few at times over the years. As many will say, however, it is always great to finally get these on record so we can listen to them over and over. You always seem to catch something you missed before�.something that grabs your attention�makes you think�shake your head�or just nod in approval.
Sadly there are very few artists like Knight available to us today. His unique talent deserves to be heard and appreciated. You can hear the anguish in his words and voice�much like he must have been actually feeling and living as he wrote these songs. No, he may not have lived the song himself, but you can tell he has actually seen others who have�and felt every sorrow along the line they felt too. This puts him in unchartered waters, as many musicians today “try” to capture what they “think” is happening in America. The difference is Chris Knight sees it, feels it, and lives with it.
�By John Walker for Americana Roots, September 10, 2012