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"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
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ABOUT: Since permanently leaving his corporate environmental engineering career in 1996, award-winning folk/Americana artist Andrew McKnight's musical journey has traced nearly a million miles of blue highways, and earned him a wealth of critical acclaim and enthusiastic fans for his captivating performances and seven recordings. Andrew's powerful and entertaining show is like one man theatre, delivered with warmth and down-home comfort. His finely crafted songs are woven together with humorous stories and poetic drama, while the musical soundscape traverses influences from Appalachia, tasteful slide and jazzy blues, feisty anthems, rustic folk, and even a little fancy flatpicking on a Carter Family tune. While his skillful guitar work provides a tasteful foundation, the touches of native American cedar flute, resonator guitar, djembe (African hand drum) and even mandolin add delightful and mesmerizing embellishments to the show.
Andrew has performed at many prestigious venues like the Kennedy Center, the International Storytelling Center and the Atlanta Olympics, has been part of the Rocky Mountain, South Florida, Boston and Delmarva Folk Festival lineups, and a guest on NPR's "Art of the Song" and "River City Folk" shows.
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HEAR A FULL CONCERT: Enjoy streaming audio of Andrew's November 2015 live radio concert on WVBR "Bound for Glory". There are 16 songs and separately indexed stories and introductions; use the player controls to move between tracks.
Credits & Accolades
Over his 20-year career he has enjoyed many accolades within the folk music world; a Formal Showcase Artist at Folk Alliance International (FAI), Southeast (SERFA) and Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) conferences, a Performing Songwriter Top 12 DIY selection, and finalist in the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase, Kerrville New Folk and Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist competitions. His album Something Worth Standing For was one of five Finalists for the 2008 Washington Area Music Awards Album of the Year (overall). His "Good Things Matter" is a past Great American Song Contest Winner (Folk) and has been used in several anti-bullying campaigns.
Jamband Great American Taxi regularly performs his song "Made by Hand", co-written with current bandmate Les Thompson (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) and Chance McCoy (Old Crow Medicine Show) about mountaintop mining in West Virginia's Coal River Valley, including on the NPR Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour. Originally released along with songs from Kathy Mattea and the Del McCoury Band on the acclaimed 2009 compilation Still Moving Mountains, the song also appears in Low Coal, a documentary about conflicts over mountaintop mining in West Virginia’s Coal River Valley.
Andrew has produced or performed on recordings by many different artists, been a contributing writer for Blue Ridge Country and Americana Rhythm magazines, and is a sought-after clinician and panelist for songwriting and music business workshops. His article "Real Money" appears in Killing it in the Streaming Age, published by NPR's "Art of the Song" in late 2014. He enjoys an Artist Endorsement with Fairbuilt Guitars and since 2002 with Elixir Strings, and is a member of the prestigious Virginia Commission for the Arts Touring Artist Program.
Since 2014 Andrew has been the featured guest musician for Friends and Family Week at the Ferry Beach Conference Center in Saco Maine, where he selects music and leads a pickup choir in a short interfaith service each morning, teaches workshops for kids and adults, and arranges music for a variety of folk and jazz performances.
Select Performance Highlights
- Amazing Things Art Center, Framingham MA
- Anderson Fair, Houston
- Atlanta Summer Olympic Games
- Austin Acoustical Cafe, Austin
- Baltimore Artscape Festival
- Boston Folk Festival
- The Birchmere/WFMA, Washington DC
- Brewery Arts Center, Carson City NV
- Bristol Historical Society, Bristol CT
- Chattanooga Riverbend Festival
- Chesapeake Arts Center, Baltimore MD
- Chesapeake Maritime Museum, St. Michaels MD
- Court Square Theater, Harrisonburg VA
- Delmarva Folk Festival
- The Fret House, Los Angeles
- International Storytelling Ctr, Jonesborough TN
- John F. Kennedy Center, Washington DC
- Katharine Hepburn Theater, Old Saybrook CT
- Mountain Spirit Coffeehouse, Asheville NC
- Mountain Stage NewSongFestival, WV
- Museum of Shenandoah Valley, Winchester VA
- Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River MA
- Off Square Music Festival, Woodstock IL
- Palace Theatre, Canton OH
- Rocky Mountain Folks Festival
- South Florida Folk Festival
- Susquahanna Music & Arts Festival, Havre de Grace MD
- Swallow Hill Music Association, Denver
- Toadstone Theater, Helena MT
- Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse, Dallas TX
- Vanilla Bean Cafe, Pomfret CT
- Virginia Highlands Festival
- Westhaven Center for the Arts, Trinidad CA