Updated 10/2018

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HEAD: McKnight Delivers Musical Missives of Hope & History
SUBHEAD: Award-Winning Songwriter and Entertainer to Perform

ARTIST INFO: www.andrewmcknight.net      PRESSKIT: andrewmcknight.net/presskit
Please email info at andrewmcknight.net or call 540/338-3233 for an interview or for additional information, and thank you for your time.

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Award-winning singer, songwriter, guitarist and storyteller Andrew McKnight comes to TOWN to perform at VENUE/EVENT on DAY and DATE. McKnight's solo performances are powerful and entertaining one-man theatre, delivered with the warmth and down-home comfort native to his northern Virginia Blue Ridge home. He weaves his finely-crafted songs and nimble flatpicking together with humorous stories and poetic drama, while the musical soundscape traverses influences from Appalachia, spooky slide and jazzy blues, feisty anthems, and rustic folk. For tickets and more information, CONTACT.

"The skillful songwriter's interest in history is revealed in songs such as the Civil War ballad "The Road to Appomattox" and the soldier's elegy "Wind Whispers Your Name." ... He also works in true folkie tradition, updating lyrics to classic material such as "Worried Man Blues" or reworking Robert Johnson's "Crossroads" to place himself mano-a-devil." (The Washington Post). While McKnight shares that folk lineage with Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, fans of contemporary singer/songwriters like Darrell Scott, John McCutcheon and Richard Shindell will find much to like in his songs and stylings.

2018 finds McKnight hitting his full stride on stage as a musician, storyteller and entertainer. He shares spellbinding stories recently uncovered in his family history with the help of his "cast of characters" - four guitars, a Native American flute and a djembe. The resulting performance is a delightful welcome into the diverse aspects of his unique life, ranging from family DNA tests, time spent with Appalachian miners, guitars made of local native wood, and much more. As McKnight says, "I couldn't make these stories up, and it would be a shame not to share them!"

Since leaving his corporate environmental engineering career in 1996, McKnight has logged nearly a million miles touring across America. In addition to his solo career, he fronts Andrew McKnight & Beyond Borders along with founding Nitty Gritty Dirt Band member Les Thompson. Their 2012 live CD/DVD One Virginia Night and Andrew's five solo CDs have earned much critical acclaim and airplay around the world as well as a wealth of NPR stations and several XM/Sirius satellite shows. The band is part of the prestigious Virginia Commission for the Arts Touring Artist Program.

While no stranger to elite stages like the Kennedy Center, Rocky Mountain Folks Festival or the Katharine Hepburn Theater, McKnight's music seems to spread most rapidly through the diverse causes that have embraced his music. “I suppose if you designed the ‘anti-traditional’ approach to the music business, I’ve taken it,” he chuckles. Whether helping people living on the margins with food drives at concerts, singing for and about workers and communities displaced by mountaintop removal coal mining, or introducing children to music and creativity, he has seen the power of music to help others up close. And in turn his musical journey, now spanning more than two decades and “several hundred guest rooms”, is completely dependent on those personal grassroots.

For more about McKnight including concert videos, music downloads and more, visit www.andrewmcknight.net

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Tour Dates

  • 12/09/2018
    Positano Ristorante Italiano - Bethesda, MD
     
  • 01/04/2019
    Gigi's Music Cafe - Sunrise, FL
     
  • 01/05/2019
    Luna Star Cafe - North Miami, FL
     
  • 01/06/2019
    Music4MeandU House Concerts - Ft. Myers, FL
     
  • 01/12/2019
    Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of St. Augustine - St. Augustine, FL
     

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Andrew is a grateful Endorsing Artist for Elixir Strings and Fairbuilt Guitars, and a member of the Virginia Commission for the Arts Touring Artist Roster. He also is a member of The Standing "O" Project and Concerts in Your Home.

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