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Andrew McKnight

Rural contemporary singer/songwriter, guitarist, storyteller and poet Andrew
McKnight is an environmental engineer-turned-songwriter. Equal parts Shenandoah Valley
storyteller and poet infused with the passions of the historian, geographer and naturalist, Andrew's rurally-based music reflects an oral history built on the past while firmly musically rooted in the present. His well-crafted lyrics, rich tenor vocals and bluesy guitar licks provide a distinctive lens for his stories, whether drawing contemporary parallels to Thomas
Jefferson's relationship with Sally Hemings ("Diary"), conjuring up spooky apparitions in Louisiana's refinery swamps ("Chemical Voodoo"), or using a Cadillac as a whimsical metaphor for graceful aging ("Million Miles Together"). Andrew is an exceptional entertainer and storyteller, weaving his songs together with narratives, from his rhythmically pulsating
introduction to "Letter to Colonel Mosby" to his hilarious spontaneous observations on Louise Wolverton's "Great Truths About Life".

Andrew's environmental background and advocacy for the preservation of rural and historic America often color his characters' personal relationships with their changing landscape, such as the Appalachian lament of a dying "Company Town" to mountaintop mining or the struggle with sprawl faced by "A Town Called Progress". "There are musicians who sing about the environment, and environmentalists who play music, but rarely are talent and passion combined the way that Andrew McKnight unites them." (Appalachian Voice). He is
featured in SAVING THE BAY: People Working for the Future of the Chesapeake (Johns Hopkins University Press) for his strong environmental ethic and his unique ability to impact listeners through musical storytelling. The several landscape-oriented songs on his second CD Where This River Runs have made Andrew a particular favorite for river festivals and environmental events.

Andrew has performed at the John F. Kennedy Center, Mountain Stage NewSong Festival, the Chattanooga Riverbend Festival and Baltimore's blockbuster Artscape Festival. In addition to a healthy tour schedule of festivals, concerts, folk clubs and workshops across the US, Andrew's music has led him to unusual performance venues such as the Atlanta Olympic Games, an Earth Day 2003 interfaith celebration at St. John's Cathedral in downtown Jacksonville with Sierra Club National Director Carl Pope, and 3 days as the
featured workshop leader at the 2002 Western Unitarian Universalist Life Festival at Georgia O'Keefe's famed New Mexico Ghost Ranch. Andrew is also one third of the exciting Appalachian roots music trio Dang Varmints!, whose energetic and eclectic blend of original folk, oldtime, blues, bluegrass and Celtic music, 3-part harmonies and great stories have delighted audiences around the mid-Atlantic states. He leads workshops for all ages on creative and musical writing, environmental education and American culture as well as various aspects of the acoustic music industry for professional and amateur musicians. In addition to his music, Andrew's website features his "A Road Warrior's Journal" and an original Poem of the Month.

"left me with visions of Staines, Mallett, and Gorka...one of the most
exciting new contemporary talents to come along in years"
- Tidewater Friends of Folk Music

"Pick your favorite poet or balladeer and McKnight will equal them with an
Appalachian soul."
- Victory Review

"Blends wry and romantic stories with keen tuneful observations in a
delicious mix of folk, blues and bluegrass... a man not to be missed!" - The
National Theatre

 

http://www.andrewmcknight.net/


 

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