Jackson, MI – Singer-songwriter Chris Knight was greeted by a full-house audience last December and is hoping to draw even more fans in his second appearance with Jackson Symphony Orchestra’s increasingly popular Affinity Series on Sunday, June 7 at 7 p.m.
Appreciative of the audience response and hospitality on his first visit, it was Chris Knight himself that wanted to make a return visit to downtown Jackson and Affinity Series Director Steve Trosin was more than happy to make it happen.
“We are beyond excited to get Chris back on our stage at The Wax. His concert here in December was tremendous and we expect this show in June to be fantastic as well. The fact that he wanted to come back to Jackson speaks to the reception he received here the first time around.” said Trosin.
“We’re happy to have Jonny Burke from New Braunfels, Texas open the show for Chris. Jonny has been performing around Texas and around the country since he was 15,” adds Trosin. Americana music icon, Knight returns to The Wax for a night of honest, raw and gritty acoustic music. Tough and to the point, his weary tales of losers on the wrong side of the tracks hearken to the southern Gothic writings of Flannery O’Connor. His show in December was an evening of original tunes that people are still talking about.
Tickets for this show are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Visit www.jacksonsymphony.org to order tickets or call the JSO box office at 517-782-3221. Because it is on a Sunday, doors for this concert open at 6:30 and music will begin around 7:00. A cash bar with beer and wine will be available.
The audience, which in December included 90% out-of-towners, will once again have an intimate opportunity to listen to the blunt honesty, elegiac truths and rare rural poetry of Knight’s lyrics. A former strip-mine inspector who still lives in the backcountry coal town of Slaughters, Kentucky, his songs express some of the socio-economic and political concerns of his very small hometown.
“Chris Knight actually does what most of the Nashville songwriters think they’re doing. He connects country’s perceived blue-collar audience. But real connection doesn’t come through lyrics about trucks and dirt roads. It comes through truth, honest emotion and hitting people where they live,” wrote Fred Phillips, for Something Else, in 2012 about Knight’s Little Victories album, his first collection of new materials since 2008.
For 15 years, 7 acclaimed albums and a hard-nosed career, Knight has always let his music do the talking. He has 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 sound and sensibility out of the dirt road American dream.
For people who are familiar with his music, or even those hearing him for the first time, Knight hopes this live performance will allow people to connect to the lyrics, move with the music and give them something to hang on to during the tough times. His organic approach brews an acoustic/electric texture that is both urgently gritty and fiercely expressive, with his twang-rich vocals to match.
You can listen to Knight’s music and view his videos at www.chrisknight.net.