STEPHENVILLE (April 7, 2016) – Even though he officially began his music career 15 years ago, Chris Knight has had a love of music his entire life. He learned to play guitar and sing as a teenager and even though he did other things as jobs first, Knight has been chasing his dream ever since.
“During that time, I knew I wanted to be in the music business, but I didn’t have any idea how to go about it,” Knight said.
Instead of initially pursuing music, Knight worked as a strip mine inspector in his home state of Kentucky. He said that “things were looking up real well” for him and mentioned that he took a $10,000 pay cut when he became a songwriter.
“But I felt like being a songwriter was something I needed to try to do,” Knight said of his job change. “There was one point when I thought, ‘If I don’t do it now, I never will.'”
So, Knight wrote multiple songs, playing them in Nashville, Tennessee, every chance he got. In the early ’90s, he signed his first record deal, and Knight’s career launched from there. Since then, Knight has released seven different albums over the course of his exciting 15-year journey in the music industry.
“[My sound] is raw and real,” Knight said. “It’s not slick at all, I would say. That can be bad, or it can be good, I guess… All depends on what you want to hear.”
Knight finds inspiration in where he grew up – Slaughters, Kentucky. A little part of the country where he still calls home. But says inspiration comes from all around – his family, the way he lives and other social and political issues that influence him.
“[I] live probably a mile away from the nearest neighbor by the woods,” Knight said. “Spend a lot of time out in the woods, fishing and hunting and camping.”
Knight’s latest album Little Victories, which came out in 2012, and Knight said it embodies experiences and is about “survival.”
“When the new president came in, in my opinion, everybody became soft,” Knight said. “Wanting this and that from the government. Basically, it’s pretty much about being self-sufficient and independent.”
Knight said he’ll bring a wide demographic to Stephenville’s Bostock’s on Friday with an audience from the college crowd to men and women in their 70’s, which he said keeps things fun. The show kicks off at 9:30 p.m. and tickets are $15 at the door. Like other local shows, Knight and his band have played at Bostock’s and Larry Joe Taylor Festival, there will be a good mixture of all his hits.
“[Friday] will be a mixture of all of my records,” Knight said. “I might do a few acoustic songs and solo acoustic stuff, and then the rest will be full band.”
Although Knight has not come out with a new album in about four years, he is considering coming out with some new music in the future.
“It’s just coming slow,” Knight said. “I’ll probably have something out before too long.”