Chris Knight's 2012 CD, Little Victories. Photo courtesy of Drifter's Church Productions.
Drawing inspiration from the blue-collar struggles of his hometown, Slaughters, Ky., Chris Knight’s eighth studio album, Little Victories, is a gritty and unflinching look at the troubles facing small town America. There’s a desperate tension running through the 11-song set, due in stores September 11, as the portrait here is often bleak. Yet, through Chris’ mesmerizing growl and vivid storytelling comes a message of self-reliance and strength.
Working with Producer Ray Kennedy (Steve Earle, Todd Snider, Reckless Kelly), Little Victories was recorded mostly live – with amps seemingly turned to 11. The production is raw. Distortion buzzes and drums pound. Just like the hard economic truths that many Americans are facing, there’s no polish. With the pure sounds of acoustic notes and mandolin paired with guttural electric guitar, the album-opener “In The Meantime” ignites the lyrical firestorm. I’m pretty sure that the government ain’t gonna save you, he sings while advocating taking up arms for survival. Chris’ rough voice sounds like a Southern, Rust Belt John Mellencamp, while Americana hero Buddy Miller assists with harmonies here and on the following song, “Missing You.” All I know is tough times, Chris sings on hard-charging “Missing You” as desperation looms heavy.
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Chris Knight photo courtesy of Drifter's Church Productions.
Chris Knight will release his new album, Little Victories, on September 11. Produced by GRAMMY winner Ray Kennedy, the album is his first new material in more than four years. He wrote or co-wrote each of the songs on the album.
Throughout the project, Chris tells the tale of the current socio-economic climate of his hometown of Slaughters, Kentucky where he lives with his family. His lyrics mirror the current economic climate across the country and relate to the lives of hard-working people everywhere. Continue Reading
Miranda Lambert with her producer, Frank Liddell, and manager, ShopKeeper Management's Marion Kraft.
The invitation to Miranda Lambert‘s Platinum party said to dress in any version of platinum, silver or gray. So last Friday night, music industry folks gathered in their sparkly best at The ICON in Nashville to help Miranda celebrate the back-to-back platinum success of all three of her albums to date: Kerosene, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Revolution.
Miranda — who looked gorgeous in her silver Sherri Hill cocktail dress, given to her by stylist, Tiffany Gifford — recalled the early days of her career. She invited her producer, Frank Liddell (who’s also produced Jack Ingram and Chris Knight, and who is married to Lee Ann Womack) up onstage to reminisce. Watch the clip below to find out what Frank said to Miranda when she asked him to produce her first album. Continue Reading