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Singer/songwriter Chris Knight had one ambition when he began work on his fourth album, "Enough Rope." He wanted to write and record a song that would get him the kind of attention from country radio that could possibly translate into legitimate chart success. "I kind of had the idea of doing something that was gonna be a little bit outreaching to the general public," says Knight from his manager's Nashville office. "You know, give me a little boost, a little bump. Something like a hit song, something that might get played on the radio was the original intent." ...
Write what you know" is a pretty common bit of advice for songwriters, but it's one that Chris Knight took to heart. He grew up near the small town of Slaughters in west-central Kentucky, about 50 miles as the crow flies from Bill Monroe's birthplace of Rosine Ð and like the father of bluegrass, Knight writes songs that bear the indelible mark of his Kentucky home. "Back 50 years ago, there was a real coal boom going on in this area, and there are a lot of old company towns where people are ...
You might say Chris Knight wants to be a Steve Earle in a world that already has one. His songs hit hard (Check out "Love and a .45," which tells us "one'll kill you/one'll keep you alive," but never tells us which does what). The music is spare. And Knight's demeanor is full of earnestness and sincerity. "It was something that I always wanted to do," he says of writing songs while taking a short break from rehearsing with his band. "I heard Steve Earle in '86. I started writing songs three ...