Esteemed singer-songwriter Chris Knight, is set to perform at The Rex Theater on December 29. He’s been touring in support of his new record Almost Daylight, which has already been spotlighted by Associated Press, Billboard, Rolling Stone Country, American Songwriter and more.
An uncompromising artist that the New York Times called “a hard-nosed iconoclast and the last of a dying breed…”, Chris Knight has been making music his own way for the past 20 years, flying under the mainstream radar and touring steadily, all while influencing a generation of young up and coming artists (John Moreland / Tyler Childers) who revere his honest approach to songwriting and his unflinching integrity. His music has received praise from press including USA Today who says, “Working in the best storytelling traditions of Mellencamp and Springsteen, Knight sings of dreams that will come true and some that won’t and not only the dreams, but also the life that comes in between them.”
His ninth album to date, and his first new music in seven years, Almost Daylight delivers some of the most powerful and unexpected songs of Knight’s career. Featuring the colorful characters and compelling rural narratives that dedicated Chris Knight fans have long been drawn to, Almost Daylight channels the tough and tender, real-life stories of perseverance, redemption and love, that connect so intensely with his audiences. The blend of Appalachian instrumentation, electric guitars, Hammond B-3 and stunning background vocals by Chris Clark, Siobhan Kennedy and Lee Ann Womack, create a sound that’s both edgy and full at the same time. A guest vocal performance by John Prine on his 1973 classic “Mexican Home,” rounds out the album.
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.”