Chris Knight On Mountain Stage

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  • "Down on the Rural Route"
  • "Danville"
  • "Heart of Stone"
  • "Enough Rope"
  • "Hell Ain't Half Full"
  • "If You Don't Love Me" *
  • * Performed by Julie Adams

Based out of his tiny, rustic hometown of Slaughters, Ky., songwriter and guitarist Chris Knight writes backwoods poetry with introspection he's clearly gained by living the words he writes. His songs touch on opportunities lost and opportunities that never were, rural drug manufacturing, drinking for distraction, and the weighty questions that haunt those who never make it out of the woods, either by choice or lack thereof.

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Knight's latest record, Heart of Stone, was released on the independent label Drifter's Church and produced by former Georgia Satellites singer Dan Baird, who captured Knight with a full band. On this Mountain Stage appearance, Knight performs songs from Heart of Stone, as well as the title cut from his previous record, Enough Rope, his voice accompanied only by his guitar.

The set ends with Julie Adams and the Mountain Stage band peforming a song co-written by Hal Ketchum and Al Anderson, titled "If You Don't Love Me."

This segment originally ran Nov. 20, 2008.



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