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Chris Knight
Chris Knight at WV-HEDW Soccer Club in Amsterdam (February 2, 2007)
Chris Knight at WV-HEDW Soccer Club in Amsterdam (February 2, 2007)
Background information
Birth nameChris Knight
Born (1960-06-24) June 24, 1960 (age 63)
St Louis, Missouri
United States
Folk rock
Country rock
Years active1998–present
Drifter's Church Productions

Chris Knight (born June 24, 1960) is an American singer-songwriter from Slaughters, Kentucky. In addition to releasing solo records of his own material, Knight has had a successful career writing songs that have been recorded by Confederate Railroad, John Anderson, and Randy Travis among others.[1][2]


Early life[edit]

Knight was born in St. Louis, Missouri,[3] and grew up in Slaughters, Kentucky.[1] His extended family lives in the same area of Kentucky. Knight has three brothers and a sister. His father was a pipe liner.[4]

When he was three years old, he asked for a plastic guitar for Christmas. At 15, he became serious and began teaching himself John Prine songs on his older brother's guitar.[5] In an interview, Knight commented "At one point I could play probably 35–40 John Prine songs."[6]

Knight earned a degree in agriculture from Western Kentucky University. He worked for ten years as a mine reclamation inspector and as a miner's consultant for the Kentucky Department of Surface Mining.[7]

Music career[edit]

Knight started composing when he was 26, but didn't start performing until he was 30. He got his first record deal when he was 37.[8]


In 1986, he heard Steve Earle on the radio and decided to start writing songs. After six years he came to Nashville and won a spot on a songwriters' night at the Bluebird Cafe.[5]

He attracted the interest of music producer Frank Liddell, who signed him to a contract with Bluewater Music. When Decca Records hired Liddell for an A&R position, Knight received a contract and in 1998 Decca released his self-titled debut. Knight still lived in a 10'-x-15' trailer[8] on 90 acres (36 ha) in Slaughters when the album was released.[5] Decca folded at the end of the 1990s, only two years after Knight joined the label. After a couple years without a label, Knight signed with Dualtone Music Group.

Knight licensed his music to Dualtone Records for two records, then decided to release his music independently with the help of his manager.[2]


Knight is well known and because of his particular fame in Texas, was named an "Honorary Texan" in 2006 by Texas Governor Rick Perry.[9]

Early releases[edit]

He recorded his first demo tapes, bootlegged—and then self-released—while living alone in a trailer on his property outside Slaughters.[10] Called The Trailer Tapes, they were officially released in 2007.[11] They were one of his best-selling records.[12]

Little Victories[edit]

It took Knight four years to release Little Victories in 2012. Knight's former Decca labelmate Lee Ann Womack collaborated with him on "You Lie When You Call My Name."[13] Long-time musical hero John Prine sings on the title track.[14] Buddy Miller plays guitar and sings on two tracks: "Missing You" and "Nothing on Me."[15]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
US Country


Chris Knight
A Pretty Good Guy
The Jealous Kind
  • Release date: August 19, 2003
  • Label: Dualtone Records
Enough Rope 49 48
The Trailer Tapes
  • Release date: April 3, 2007
  • Label: Thirty Tigers
68 40
Heart of Stone
  • Release date: August 19, 2008
  • Label: Drifter's Church
37 7 31
Trailer II
  • Release date: September 15, 2009
  • Label: Thirty Tigers
Little Victories
  • Release date: September 11, 2012
  • Label: Drifter's Church
25 148 4 33
Almost Daylight
  • Release date: October 11, 2019
  • Label: Drifter's Church
3 12
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Chris Knight at the Master Musicians Festival in Somerset, Kentucky on July 19, 2008
Year Song Album
1998 "Framed" Chris Knight
"It Ain't Easy Being Me"
2001 "Becky's Bible" A Pretty Good Guy
2002 "Oil Patch Town"
2003 "The Jealous Kind" The Jealous Kind
2006 "Cry Lonely" Enough Rope
2012 "In the Mean Time" Little Victories

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1998 "Framed" Roger Pistole
"It Ain't Easy Being Me"
2002 "Oil Patch Town"
2006 "Cry Lonely" Milton Sneed
2013 "In the Mean Time"[22] James Weems

Songs written or co-written by Knight[edit]

Television appearances[edit]

In 2015, Chris Knight was featured in Season 1, Episode 2 of CarbonTV's original series, American Elements.[23]


  1. ^ a b "Lonesome Highway lines up a treat with Kentucky Chris". Edinburgh Evening News. January 19, 2007. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Banister, C. Eric (October 23, 2008). "Something to Keep Me Going – A Conversation with Chris Knight". Archived from the original on January 26, 2009. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  3. ^ shane e. calhoon (February 1, 2017), chris knight 2011 09 30 st louis, mo, archived from the original on December 15, 2021, retrieved March 20, 2017
  4. ^ Mayshark, Jesse Fox (September–October 2001). "Kentucky straight • Chris Knight has no tall tales to tell, but his characters speak volumes". No Depression. The Long Way Around (Feature) (35). Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  5. ^ a b c Wahlert, Brian. "Chris Knight – Biography – All Music". All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
  6. ^ "Chris Knight interview & three tracks from Almost Daylight". Americana Music Show. September 2, 2019. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  7. ^ Tarradell, Mario. "Interviews: Chris Knight". Lone Star Music. Archived from the original on April 15, 2007. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  8. ^ a b Lynch, Bill (July 17, 2013). "Chris Knight makes music on his terms". Charleston Gazette, The (WV). Retrieved November 2, 2013.
  9. ^ Nichols, Patrick (July 20, 2006). "Album Review: Chris Knight, Enough Rope". this is texas music. Archived from the original on July 3, 2007. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  10. ^ Frazier, Chip (September 21, 2012). "Chris Night – Small Victories". Twangville. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  11. ^ Dickens, Tad (November 16, 2009). "Chris Knight has won over fans". Roanoke Times, The (VA).
  12. ^ Chancellor, Jennifer (September 14, 2010). "Chris Knight sets Cain's Ballroom show date". Tulsa World (OK).
  13. ^ Dauphin, Chuck (September 21, 2012). "Chris Knight Scores 'Little Victories,' First Album in 4 Years". Billboard. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  14. ^ Shelburne, Craig (September 21, 2012). "Chris Knight Takes Pride in Little Victories". CMT Edge. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  15. ^ Harrison, Alan (September 20, 2012). "CD Review – Chris Knight "Little Victories"". No Depression. Archived from the original on October 29, 2013. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  16. ^ "Chris Knight > Chart History > Top Country Albums". Billboard.
  17. ^ "Chris Knight > Chart History > Billboard 200". Billboard.
  18. ^ "Chris Knight > Chart History > Heatseekers Albums". Billboard.
  19. ^ "Chris Knight > Chart History > Independent Albums". Billboard.
  20. ^ Bjorke, Matt (September 19, 2019). "Chart News For September 19 2012: A "Tornado" of Success For Little Big Town". RoughStock. Retrieved November 2, 2019.
  21. ^ Bjorke, Matt (October 21, 2019). "Top 10 Country Albums Sales Chart: October 21, 2019". RoughStock. Retrieved November 2, 2019.
  22. ^ "CMT : Videos : Chris Knight : In the Mean Time". Country Music Television. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  23. ^ "Chris Knight : American Elements". CarbonTV. Retrieved February 4, 2016.

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