MP3 Andrew McKnight - Turning Pages
Blends wry and romantic stories with keen tuneful observations in a delicious mix of folk, blues and bluegrass.
14 MP3 Songs
FOLK: Modern Folk, COUNTRY: Country Folk
Where contemporary singer/songwriter Andrew McKnight''s first two albums focused largely on the stories of rural characters and their relationship to the land, his third effort "Turning Pages" turns his considerable vision towards the landscape of the heart and soul.
Among this collection of stories, reflections and letters can be found some of his most stunning songwriting gems; the "Diary" of Thomas Jefferson and his longtime slave mistress Sally Hemings (a duet with Mary Byrd Brown), the bluesy ode to Hoagy Carmichael ("Bad News"), the timeless and haunting folk sound of the "Road to Appomattox", the simple driving clarity and acoustic pop groove of "Winter", and a provocative hard-edged collaboration with renowned urban folk poet Chris Chandler on "Jesus and the Nighttime Train".
"Gorgeously stark string work, feel-good melodies and a healthy dose of the past make Andrew McKnight''s music a disarming delight...
McKnight''s vocals have a lovely tenor-range timbre well-suited for his brand of acoustic country flavored folk/pop.
His is a voice that evokes a reflective, pensive and insightful sense of Americana." - Martinsburg Journal "On this third CD, Virginia-based singer-songwriter Andrew McKnight shifts his attention, in his own words, "away from rural characters and their relationship to the land and towards the landscape of the heart and soul." In addition to some very, very pleasant middle-of-the-road folk-pop tunes ("Western Skies," "Stardust," "When I Grow Up"), McKnight works a wealth of acoustic variety into the contemporary folk mix with the bluegrassy "Nothin'' But A Man," the quasi-funky "Riley''s Life" and "Bad News," a bluesy tribute to Hoagy Carmichael.
The best of the not-ready-for-coffehouse cuts is "Jesus and the Nighttime Train," a dark but hopeful faith statement." - Richmond times-Dispatch