(Photo Credit - Ray Kennedy)
Advance Review - Chris Knight - Almost Daylight - (October 11, 2019)
If you're a fan of Americana or alt-country you're going to absolutely love Chris Knight's new album Almost Daylight. It's a fusion of Americana and rock that just works. It's the absolute perfect music for a road trip. The album kicks it off with "I'm William Callahan", which features Knight's gravely, deep vocals and some blistering guitar work. "Crooked Mile" and "I Won't Look" back are very similar in their sound.
"Go On" is a brighter in the melody and it slows things down a bit. The melody is evocative of Springsteen. While "The Damn Truth" is a critique on modern day society. "Send it on Down" (feat. Lee Ann Womack) is another slowed down track. It's heartfelt melody grips you tight as Knight sings. Knight and Womack are a pretty good pair in their harmonies as he goes low and she takes the highs. "Send it on Down" has a bit more twang than the other tracks thus far, but it's not modern country by any stretch.
I'd like to wrap this up by discussing "Mexican Home" (feat. John Prine). This song immediately kicks off with harmonica, fiddle, and guitar before the vocals and piano come in. Knight and Prine's harmonies are good on this track. It's also fun to hear them trading off on verses. Given how close both are with their range it's interesting hearing them when paired together, though it's worth saying Prine is a bit more gravely than Knight. Needless to say it's a fun track that is a great cap to a fun album. If you Americana, alt-country, outlaw country, rock, this is an album you need to check out.
Tracks to Start With - "I'm William Callahan", "Go On", "The Damn Truth", "Send it on Down".
Rating - 4/5