CHRIS KNIGHT - "ALMOST DAYLIGHT"

Release Date: 
11.10.2019
Label/Vertrieb: 
DRIFTERS CHURCH PRODUCTIONS/THIRTY TIGERS

PHOTO CREDITS BY Drifters Church Productions

 

“It’s hard to know how people are gonna react“, sagt Chris über sein neues Album „Almost Daylight“. Insgesamt ist es sein neuntes Album und seine erste Neuaufnahem nach über sieben Jahren.

 

“I’ve written songs about a lot of different things going all the way back to my first record, and some folks still think ‘somebody kills somebody’ is all I write about. Maybe that’s why I was bound and determined to get these particular songs on this album. If people like them, then we’ll be fine. But I wasn’t gonna do it any other way.”

 

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“I do think there’s a cohesiveness to this album”, erklärt Knight “The title is key, I suppose. Through all these songs, you could find a theme about seeking shelter.”


Produziert, gemischt und gemastert von Grammy-Gewinner Ray Kennedy - bekannt für seine über 30-jährige kreative Partnerschaft mit Steve Earle sowie für die Produktion von Chris' Enough Rope (2006), Trailer II (2009) und Little Victories (2012) - klingt „Almost Daylight“ wie keine andere Knight-Platte, mit glühenden Gitarren des Georgia Satellites-Gründers und zweimaligen Knight-Albumproduzenten Dan Baird, reichem Background-Gesang von Chris Clark, Siobhan Kennedy und Lee Ann Womack und tieferer Instrumentierung als je zuvor.

 

“Chris had been playing some of these songs on the road and started developing ideas before we got to the studio”, sagt Kennedy. “He and I talked about keeping the Appalachian factor with banjo, fiddle, harmonica and mandolin where it felt right. It was significant that Dan was involved, as he’s the man who can play guitar with the right feeling for Chris. The background vocals really brought the fire, and this lead to ideas for piano, Hammond B-3, accordion and Wurlitzer electric piano. Everything evolved from the performance of each song and I let the songs dictate what they needed in order to evolve into an album.”


“I was determined not to do any acoustic songs on this album”, erklärt Chris. “I wanted it all to sound edgy and raw, but to feel big at the same time. We kept trying different approaches until I felt we landed on what worked. The thing is, some of my songs might take a year of writing before I even think they’re ready for recording and I fretted about every one of these. I’ve never put a cover song on any of my records before, but there are two covers on this one. And I think it all fits together pretty good.”


So Wie Knight damals selbst von Künstlern wie Steve Earle oder Prine beeinflusst wurde, inspiriert er jetzt eine neue Generation von Künstlern.

 

“There’s all kinds of different ways to make music, but this is the way I chose to do it”, sagt Chris. “If I don’t have something worth saying I’m not opening my mouth, which is probably why I took seven years to make this album.” And for an artist who has always defied expectations, Chris Knight’s next chapter indeed feels like the dawn of a new day. “I haven’t suited everybody, but every time I get a new fan it tells me I’m doing something right,” he says. “I think my previous records have set a precedent, if only for me at the very least. I just want people to think this one stands up to everything else I’ve done.”

 


  

 

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