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Enough Rope
     

Enough Rope

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by Chris Knight
 
On Enough Rope, Chris Knight comes out of the gate with a snarl in his voice, a sizzling twang in his sound, and a chip on his shoulder. A masterful songwriter, Knight has delivered an album rich in character detail and urgent music that demands to be heard. In the angry, in-your-face "Dirt," he rails at and wails about strip-miners raping the land he was

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On Enough Rope, Chris Knight comes out of the gate with a snarl in his voice, a sizzling twang in his sound, and a chip on his shoulder. A masterful songwriter, Knight has delivered an album rich in character detail and urgent music that demands to be heard. In the angry, in-your-face "Dirt," he rails at and wails about strip-miners raping the land he was raised on, spitting out barbs about out-of-state developers "treatin' my grandpa's land like dirt" and lamenting that "all the talk in the whole wide world / will never bring back what they laid to waste." Driving percussion and sneering guitars fuel the merciless rocker "Up from the Hill," a powerful road song about a town ne'er-do-well "with a copperhead in a burlap bag / and a six-string on his back" who keeps the faith on his own terms. A dark, brooding, acoustic-based tale, "William's Son" is the chapter after Steve Earle's "The Devil's Right Hand," about the disenfranchised son of an outlaw father "blown away" by the cops. He grows up a straight-living young man who'll "spit in your eye and stand my ground / just to keep my head from hangin' down," but the kind who could detonate in an instant. Knight has a keen eye for the dark subtext of honorable lives like this. Working with producer Gary Nicholson and Steve Earle's sidekick Ray Kennedy, he's mated that talent to music as searing and sprawling as the great southwestern plains.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Megan Frye
Chris Knight's Enough Rope is a tribute to blue-collar America, to the simple life and to the desperate hardships and the unmatched joys that people who aren't part of it will never know. It's blatantly honest, often empathetic and frequently beautiful. The album never dips from its high level of songwriting skill, energy, and passion, though some songs are more touching and standout than others. Enough Rope is a great mix of uptempo highway driving songs and sentimental, nostalgic ballads. "Up from the Hill" is a rollicking Southern rocker and "Bridle on a Bull" is country-tinged blues at its finest with distorted slide guitar delivering a howling solo: "If your mule don't want to plow/Talk to him with a two-by-four/And if he still don't want to plow/Talk to him just a little bit more/And if he just don't want to listen/Haul him off to the dog food store." The best aspect about Enough Rope is the stories Knight tells. The most touching song on the album is the medium-tempo "Old Man": "Don't wanna die till I've lived too long/They'll sell this place, whenever I'm gone/I miss my sweetheart so, and the way she used to smile/I miss them kids of mine, running wild/When the daylight fades in late afternoon/About all I know is it was gone too soon." "William's Son" is a tale of a maverick youth who grew up tough after escaping from his abusive father: "I'm kinda glad my dad got blown away/I know he grew up hard and he grew up mean/But me and my sister was not to blame." The album comes to a close with the perfect song: "Enough Rope" is a heartland rock ballad, reminiscent of a John Mellencamp tune (Knight's voice is a little grittier, but similar). It's slow, reflective, and simple, with acoustic guitar and violin -- a tribute to hard-working people who never got to achieve their biggest dreams. "Well, I work for the city, in the town where I grew up/Some days I run the backhoe, some days I run the dump/If I had other plans on my graduation day/Then several years ago, I guess I hauled 'em all away/She told me she was pregnant on the day I turned 18/And I did what you're supposed to do, I bought her a ring." Knight's music is the perfect blend of Americana and country-rock; it's clean at times, but it's far too soulful to be considered only contemporary country. His sound and style change little from album to album, but there's no need for change. Knight has discovered his niche as a songwriter, and Enough Rope is just another testament to his talent.
Billboard - Ray Waddell
Knight's best work yet.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/11/2006
Label:
Thirty Tigers
UPC:
0822976000323
catalogNumber:
7600032
Rank:
62466

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chris Knight   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar
Ashley Cleveland   Background Vocals
Sam Bacco   Percussion
Pat Buchanan   Electric Guitar
Dan Dugmore   Pedal Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
Kevin McKendree   Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Greg Morrow   Drums
Gary Nicholson   Electric Guitar
Michael Rhodes   Bass,Electric Bass
Tom Littlefield   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Gary Nicholson   Producer
Chris Knight   Composer
John Hurley   Engineer

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