Chris Knight - Almost Daylight
Although the title track is pretty much one of his more positive love songs, that doesn't mean Knight has relinquished his character studies into troubled times and people. Even a track like "Go On" has his melancholy flair attached while delivering advice to himself to "pull the sun from the clouds". The first track, "I'm William Callahan", opens in his well-loved first person story-teller style and it paints of picture of a couple who made it through many years of travel together. 'The Damn Truth" is one of my favorite songs Chris has done, talking about our "messed up times" and "a world of lies" without the preaching that often comes with social criticism. "Trouble Up Ahead" is classic Chris Knight, a tale of a traveler who may or may not be up to any good deeds. Two rare recorded covers (the Johnny Cash-penned "Flesh and Blood" and a duet with long-time influence John Prine on his classic "Mexican Home") round out the album and Knight's gravelly and matured voice makes each his own.
The whole album sits comfortably in that region that southern rock bands like the Drive-By Truckers inhabit and Baird's influence is probably apparent there. If you have ever been a fan of Chris' work in the past, this record is for you. And if you want to discover one of America's uncovered treasures of songwriting, dig up Almost Daylight. You can stream it here or buy it here.