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Northeast Kingdom
     

The Northeast Kingdom

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by Cheri Knight
 
Although Knight is sometimes classified as something of a maverick modern country artist, her sound is too eclectic to be categorized as country. It's better thought of, perhaps, as extremely ambitious, smart mainstream pop with a lot of indie rock and country elements. If this is the direction country or Nashville might go in (it was produced

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Although Knight is sometimes classified as something of a maverick modern country artist, her sound is too eclectic to be categorized as country. It's better thought of, perhaps, as extremely ambitious, smart mainstream pop with a lot of indie rock and country elements. If this is the direction country or Nashville might go in (it was produced in Nashville and features Steve Earle on guitar throughout), one can only applaud heartily. On this album, she's developed into a really fine singer/songwriter whose compositions and throaty vocal delivery project a wise weariness. The sound is quite varied by either country or rock standards, from the near-Celtic drone of "Dar Glasgow" and the Byrdsy jangle of "Rose in the Vine" to the Appalachian pluck of "The Hatfield Side" and "Crawling" (one of a couple tunes with Emmylou Harris on backup vocals). Both "Crawling" and "Northeast Kingdom" are particular standouts, compelling songs of troubled relationships with fresh lyrical twists, and with enough hooks to grab rock and pop ears; "White Lies," on the other hand, is an upbeat number that has the makings of a modern honky tonk classic.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/10/1998
Label:
E-SQUARED
UPC:
0614005105723
catalogNumber:
51057

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cheri Knight   Primary Artist,Organ,Bass,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Hand Clapping
Emmylou Harris   Vocals
Ray Kennedy   Percussion,Tambourine
Steve Earle   Acoustic Guitar,Bouzouki,Harmonium,Vocals,12-string Guitar,cowbell
Tommy Hannum   Pedal Steel Guitar
Will Rigby   Drums,Shaker
Tammy Rogers   Fiddle
Garry Tallent   Bass
Jim Ryan   Mandolin
Mark Spencer   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Shaker,6-string bass,Resonator,Guitar (Resonator)
Patrick Earle   Cymbals

Technical Credits

Ray Kennedy   Engineer
Cheri Knight   Art Direction
Leslie Staub   Paintings,Cover Painting
Twangtrust   Producer

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The Northeast Kingdom 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great songwriting coupled with outstanding performances, arrangements and range of subjects and emotions. You don't have to be a fan of country or bluegrass to enjoy this album - I am not and I love this CD. Only wonder why so few people have been turned on to it seeing as how the quality is far above the norm. Plus the fact that Steve Earle and Emmylou Harris are on here, one would think more attention would be directed to Cheri's work - keep it up!