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Andrew McKnight
Artists Name: Andrew McKnight
Official Sites: andrewmcknight.net, www.facebook.com/AndrewMcKnight.Musician and twitter.com/andrewmcknight
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Award-winning singer/songwriter Andrew McKnight’s music traverses influences from Appalachia, tasteful slide and jazzy blues, feisty anthems, rustic folk, and guitar-driven rock. Featuring founding Nitty Gritty Dirt Band member Les Thompson, Les’ wife Stephanie Thompson, and Lisa Taylor, Andrew McKnight & Beyond Borders blends his charming tenor voice and acoustic and electric guitars with banjo, upright bass, drums, and percussion.

Filmed in front of an enthusiastic capacity crowd near McKnight’s northwestern Virginia home, One Virginia Night is a crisply delivered collection of concert favorites and a few lesser-known gems from his solo discography as well as an original each from Taylor and Stephanie Thompson. The foursome infuse McKnight’s songs with an energetic and eclectic perspective - beyond Appalachian, beyond blues, beyond folk.

The live CD and bonus DVD marks Les Thompson’s first full return to the stage since leaving NGDB after their double platinum classic Will the Circle Be Unbroken. OVN includes “Made by Hand”, written by McKnight and Thompson with Chance McCoy (Old Crow Medicine Show), and covered by jam band faves Great American Taxi. Other highlights are the swingy “Surveillance” (also co-written with Thompson), their smoldering bluesy rework of the traditional “Worried Man Blues”, the worldbeat tinged “Beyond Borders” complete with Taylor’s drum solo, and Stephanie Thompson’s “What Kind of Person,” recorded by Rani Arbo & Salamander Crossing. OVN also includes their take on Taylor’s jazzy “It Means a Lot” from her True North CD, named Best in Contemporary Folk by the Washington Area Music Association.

Valuing the artistry of taut arrangements over flashy instrumental jams, they have earned acclaim for their exquisite 3 and 4-part vocal harmonies as well as the unusual and constantly changing combinations of instruments. They have impressed audiences and promoters alike at some of the highest-quality venues around the mid-Atlantic region, including the State Theater, Herndon Festival, Black Rock Center for the Arts, Shepherdstown Opera House, the Mountain Aid concert at Shakori Hills NC, and their collective debut at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington DC.

“I love their energy and personality, but also their passion and conscience...a wonderful and a one-of-a-kind experience.”
- Karen Schaufeld, Wolf Trap
Foundation Board of Directors

“With a voice reminiscent of Don McLean, McKnight traverses from old-time Appalachian tunes to contemporary folk and blues, all backed up by his dead-on guitar playing”
-The Boston Globe

Added: 16/11/2012  
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