Chris Knight doesnt like to say much. Wont chat about his worldview or engage in conversations on his creative approach. For 15 years, 7 acclaimed albums and a hard-nosed career thats been hailed as "where Cormac McCarthy meets Copperhead Road", Knight has always let his music do most of the talking. And on record as well everywhere across America, from roadhouse taverns to major-city concert halls his songs have had plenty to say. But with his new album Little Victories, Chris Knight has taken the discussion to a whole new level.
His first album of new material in 4 years, Little Victories is a record of blunt honesty, elegiac truths and the raw rural poetry of an artist whos come into his own and intends to stay. And for a performer whos been compared over the years to Cash, Prine, Earle and Nebraska-era Springsteen, Knight now stands alone as a singer/songwriter that has carved his own idiosyncratic sound and sensibility out of the dirt road American dream. Little Victories not only sounds like a Chris Knight album, but the best Chris Knight album yet.
"I dont ever get in a big rush about things," Knight says. "I can tour pretty good on what I got. I took my time, like I always do. Write a song every now and then. I dont like to talk about politics, but I do write what Im thinking about." And if many of the songs on Little Victories seem to take a hard-eyed look at the current socio-economic climate, Knight the former strip-mine inspector who still lives in the backcountry coal town of Slaughters, Kentucky (population 200) where he was raised is upfront about their origins. "About 2 years ago, we had a big ice storm here in Slaughters that just devastated the whole area," he says. "We were out of power for close to a month, cooking in the fireplace and living by candlelight to survive. Things slowed down to nothing. When we were finally able to head into town, we saw lines of cars for miles outside the gas station. There were hundreds of people outside the hardware store who had nothing even before the storm hit. They werent prepared for the situation or for each other. I watched their behavior and reactions, and thats when I started writing a bunch of songs I knew would be a part of this record."