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Enough Rope

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Jack Blue
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Cry Lonely
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Saved By Love
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River Road
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Rural Route
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Dirt
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Up From The Hill
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Bridle On A Bull
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Old Man
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William's Son
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Too Close To Home
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To Get Back Home
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Enough Rope
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 13   Total Length: 50:56

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enough rope

Stebun

If it sounds like Chri knows what he's writng about, it's because he does. You don't grow up in the coal mining towns of Eastern Kentucky without living the tougher way of life, and I should know. His lyrics might be more simple than the lryics of Darrell Scott and the likes, but you can count on them being the truth. On the little Victtories album he says, he's a "bring it on, get her done, don't run SOB, times are tough, but they ain't got nothing on me". He means it. Every last word.

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The real deal

lewsurfer

I first became aware of Chris Knight's album because of a recommendation from one of Emusic's staff. I'm glad I did. Its unfortunate that mainstream radio doesn't play his tracks. He can turn a phrase better than most. His music is heartfelt and certainly has a story to tell.

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Storyteller and occasional poet

BobTheBoar

Chris keeps his words simple when he's telling his stories so when throws in the occasional line of poetry it hits you all the harder. Check out the effect of ".. bout all I know, it was gone too soon" in "Old Man".

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Kudos, Chris

FlipFlopNation

Anytime ya wanna hear some awesome gutsy down to Earth singing and tunes... Chris Knight has got it. He comes atcha with both barrels and doesn't back down.

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Steve Earle without the faux angst

John8745

If you like the early Steve Earle you'll like this album.

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In His Shoes

1RefriedCowpoke

This fella is country fried. I feel a need for a ice cold Shiner Bock as I wipe the dust off my face. America rocks!!!

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Awesome!!!

DJintomusic

Great stories and great sound equal great music. Chris Knight has "it"! Also get "It's not easy being me".

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The workingmans poet

redfury

One of my favorite singer/songwriters dosn't dissapoint here,the best he has done since his first cd.Try finding a better storyteller than Cris Knight is not easy.This is great stuff.

They Say All Music Guide

Chris Knight’s Enough Rope is a tribute to blue-collar America, to the simple life and to the desperate hardships and the unmatched joys that people who aren’t part of it will never know. It’s blatantly honest, often empathetic and frequently beautiful. The album never dips from its high level of songwriting skill, energy, and passion, though some songs are more touching and standout than others. Enough Rope is a great mix of uptempo highway driving songs and sentimental, nostalgic ballads. “Up from the Hill” is a rollicking Southern rocker and “Bridle on a Bull” is country-tinged blues at its finest with distorted slide guitar delivering a howling solo: “If your mule don’t want to plow/Talk to him with a two-by-four/And if he still don’t want to plow/Talk to him just a little bit more/And if he just don’t want to listen/Haul him off to the dog food store.” The best aspect about Enough Rope is the stories Knight tells. The most touching song on the album is the medium-tempo “Old Man”: “Don’t wanna die till I’ve lived too long/They’ll sell this place, whenever I’m gone/I miss my sweetheart so, and the way she used to smile/I miss them kids of mine, running wild/When the daylight fades in late afternoon/About all I know is it was gone too soon.” “William’s Son” is a tale of a maverick youth who grew up tough after escaping from his abusive father: “I’m kinda glad my dad got blown away/I know he grew up hard and he grew up mean/But me and my sister was not to blame.” The album comes to a close with the perfect song: “Enough Rope” is a heartland rock ballad, reminiscent of a John Mellencamp tune (Knight’s voice is a little grittier, but similar). It’s slow, reflective, and simple, with acoustic guitar and violin — a tribute to hard-working people who never got to achieve their biggest dreams. “Well, I work for the city, in the town where I grew up/Some days I run the backhoe, some days I run the dump/If I had other plans on my graduation day/Then several years ago, I guess I hauled ‘em all away/She told me she was pregnant on the day I turned 18/And I did what you’re supposed to do, I bought her a ring.” Knight’s music is the perfect blend of Americana and country-rock; it’s clean at times, but it’s far too soulful to be considered only contemporary country. His sound and style change little from album to album, but there’s no need for change. Knight has discovered his niche as a songwriter, and Enough Rope is just another testament to his talent. – Megan Frye

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