Chris Knight (musician)
Chris Knight at WVHEDW Soccer Club in Amsterdam (2 February 2007)
|Birth name||Chris Knight|
June 24, 1960 |
|Years active||1998 – 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.
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.
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.
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 on 90 acres (360,000 m2) in Slaughters when the album was released. 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 is well known in Texas for writing the hit Montgomery Gentry song "She Couldn't Change Me" and because of his particular fame in Texas, was named an "Honorary Texan" in 2006 by Texas Governor Rick Perry.
He recorded his first demo tapes, bootlegged—and then self-released—while living alone in a trailer on his property outside Slaughters. Called The Trailer Tapes, and officially released in 2007. They were one of his best-selling records.
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." Long-time musical hero John Prine sings on the title track. Buddy Miller plays guitar and sings on two tracks: "Missing You" and "Nothing on Me."
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|A Pretty Good Guy||
|The Jealous Kind||
|The Trailer Tapes||
|Heart of Stone||
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|"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|
|"It Ain't Easy Being Me"|
|2002||"Oil Patch Town"|
|2006||"Cry Lonely"||Milton Sneed|
|2013||"In the Mean Time"||James Weems|
Songs written or co-written by Knight
- "A Pretty Good Guy" - Fred Eaglesmith
- "A Train Not Running" - Stacy Dean Campbell
- "Becky's Bible" - Jason Savory
- "Cry Lonely" - Cross Canadian Ragweed
- "Heart of Stone" - Dan Baird
- "Highway Junkie" - Randy Travis, Gary Allan, The Yayhoos, The Von Ehrics
- "I Don't Want to Hang Out With Me" - Confederate Railroad
- "It Ain't Easy Being Me" - John Anderson, Jason McCoy, and Blake Shelton
- "Love and Gasoline" and "She's Leaving This Town" - The Great Divide
- "Love at 90 Miles an Hour" - Ty Herndon
- "She Couldn't Change Me" - Montgomery Gentry
- "The Hammer Goin Down" - The Road Hammers
In 2015, Chris Knight was featured in Season 1, Episode 2 of CarbonTV's original series, American Elements.
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- Dauphin, Chuck (September 21, 2012). "Chris Knight Scores 'Little Victories,' First Album in 4 Years". Billboard. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
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- "CMT : Videos : Chris Knight : In the Mean Time". Country Music Television. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
- "Chris Knight : American Elements". CarbonTV. Retrieved 2016-02-04.