Good Things Matter
Andrew McKnight - vocals, acoustic & electric guitars
Jon Carroll - piano & organ
Dana Connor - harmony vocals
Ralph Gordon - upright bass
N. Scott Robinson - percussion
Since permanently leaving his corporate environmental engineering career in 1996, award-winning folk and Americana artist Andrew McKnight’s musical journey has traced over half a million miles of blue highways, and earned him a wealth of critical acclaim and enthusiastic fans for his captivating performances and five CDs.
He usually tours solo, but also performs frequently with founding Nitty Gritty Dirt Band member Les Thompson fronting their genre-bending quartet Beyond Borders. He is also an insightful essayist and poet, a gifted workshop leader, and a warm and thoughtful interview. He enjoys an artist endorsement with Elixir Strings.
Andrew’s solo performances are like one man theatre; the songs are woven together with humorous stories and poetic drama, and the musical soundscape traverses influences from Appalachia, tasteful slide and jazzy blues, feisty anthems, rustic folk, and even a little fancy flatpicking on a Carter Family tune. While his guitar is clearly the foundation for a concert, the touches of native American cedar flute, djembe (African hand drum) and even mandolin add delightful and mesmerizing embellishments to the show.
Taking his cue from the lyrics of his award-winning song “Good Things Matter”, he often shares his talents both on the road and close to home near northwestern Virginia’s Blue Ridge to help “neighbors in need”, such as local programs for mental health and elder care, a Massachusetts community radio station, a California at-risk youth program, and a suburban Seattle food bank. His empathy and curiosity span a wide range of subjects, from the vulnerability of an illegal immigrant woman (“These Shoes”) to imagining what words Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings might have written about their lives together (“Diary”). In addition to his passion for community causes, he is a longtime advocate for preserving American landscapes and heritage.
Those passions, and the thoughtful ways he expresses them, have drawn legions of fans who sustain his independent career. While no stranger to elite stages like the Kennedy Center, the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival or the Katharine Hepburn Theater, McKnight’s music seems to spread most rapidly through many of the diverse causes that have embraced his music over the years. In the early 1990s Andrew grasped the power of the internet to grow and connect with a loyal listenership, and his career has blossomed largely through their “efangelism” instead of the traditional elements of the music business. Many friends and fans even host concerts in their homes for 30 to 50 listeners, venues he refers to as “safe houses on the folk underground railroad”.
Andrew McKnight - vocals, acoustic slide guitar
Jim Baird - bowed bass
Jesse Shultzaberger - drums
A tribute to the hardy folk who farm the Great Plains, with a wish for luck thrown in. From the Andrew McKnight & Beyond Borders live One Virginia Night CD/DVD set. Studio version appears on Traveler, 1995
Andrew McKnight - lead vocals, acoustic guitar
Stephanie Thompson - harmony vocals, tambourine
Les Thompson - upright bass
Lisa Taylor - harmony vocals, drums
Guitar - and fiddle
8th grade, my "power trio" playing "Johnny B. Goode" for a bunch of bewildered Cub Scouts.
Usually located a safe distance from any interstate and run by someone other than a large corporation. Good fast healthy road food fave tho is Noodles & Company.
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The Police - a fave band of my youth whose 2007 reunion tour showed a level of musical sophistication and maturity that really inspired me.