Since 2018 Andrew has led a series of songwriting workshops for middle and high-school students in Frederick County, Maryland as part of the Chords of Courage Step Up! songwriting contest. The Frederick News-Post came to the first of the 2023 workshops to interview participants and share both their exciting work and this unique contest - read it here at their website.
Filling Some Potholes in the Road
2023 arrives with some road trips where we have 1 show booked, and we'd love to be able to add 1 or 2 more. Small house concerts or church fellowship hall shows are infinitely better than doing nothing - for you and for Andrew - and we've got tools and resources to help make that easy to do! Here are the quandaries:
- Sat./Sun. FEB. 4 or 5 - Reading PA; could hit Philly, Harrisburg or most anything reasonably in between!
- Fri./Sat. MAR. 10-11 - southwest VA, east TN or western NC; may we dance? Have a…
Hear Andrew's Podcast Interviews about Nor'easter
The year that Andrew's hard rocking youth roared back to life has been full of surprises and treasures. As the Nor'easter Calm Before the Storm album has found its way to radio and podcast hosts around the world this autumn, Andrew together with singer Chris Gursky have been doing Zoom interviews about the band, the music, the history and more - most of which will be completely new to longtime fans of Andrew as singer/songwriter.
The interviews are a fun and engaging look back at their shared musical and…Read more
Let the Holiday Shopping Begin - Music, Experiences and More
First the music and the merch - save 25% on anything and everything through our Bandcamp store with the code XMAS22, through midnight EST on Monday December 12th. Order now, and get music and more on the way in plenty of time for gift-giving.
Guitar and songwriting lessons/coaching, anywhere in North America! In person here in northwestern Virginia or via Zoom, buy 4 lessons and get one free for new students only; no strings attached, no contract required, gift certificate available to put in an envelope…Read more
Bandmate Les Thompson Honored in Nashville
Andrew's long time friend and Beyond Borders bandmate Les Thompson was part of a very special celebration of his role in music history this past weekend, as the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville hosted the founding members of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and friends for two nights commemorating the 50th anniversary of their legendary Will The Circle Be Unbroken album. In the spirit of the original sessions, the celebration concerts included some of Nashville’s finest including Shawn Camp, Carlene…Read more
New Album Featuring Young Songwriters Honoring Heroes
Since 2018, Andrew has led several songwriting workshops for high school and middle school students interested in songwriting as part of the annual Chords of Courage songwriting contest in Frederick County MD. The project honors both famous and every day heroes who made huge sacrifice to make the world better for others in someway. Andrew's friends Heather Aubrey Lloyd, Rob Hinkal and Kristen Jones of the award-winning band ilyAIMY took seven of the 2022 contest winning entries and did a magnificent job…Read more
A Month of Reunions Continues - Nor'easter at Cabin Studios
Thirty five years ago; the final time Andrew's original hard rock band Nor'easter stepped on stage together. The three surviving members chatted briefly at drummer Matt Bouley's funeral in 2002, but other than that sad occasion, singer Chris Gursky, bassist Paul St. Amour and Andrew had not been together since.
So on the heels of Andrew and Beyond Borders reunion show five days previous, the reunion at Cabin Studios near Leesburg VA the weekend before Thanksgiving was mighty special indeed. The three have…Read more
Beyond Borders Reunited On Stage - and In Studio!
After a fun and successful reunion set at the 2022 Mountville Folk Festival, Andrew and Beyond Borders bandmates Les Thompson, Lisa Taylor and Stephanie Thompson did their first full concert together in over three years in Winchester VA, Sunday November 13th. Everyone was healthy and sounding peak, Les has been playing banjo pain-free for the first time in a long time, and as they have been reheared for the show, they also laid down some basic tracks for "Hey Alligator" and "Til the Well Runs Dry."
It's no secret Andrew has been anxious to get back on stages across America - as has every other performing artist and ensemble. Covid continues to be a pesky adversary, causing artists to interrupt tours and venues to cancel shows. Many artists have been without "normal" performing revenue - income - for so long; our resources are thin, savings stretched and that's not addressing anything about emotional and physical health of having careers and livelihoods sidelined. Artists are chomping at the bit, but…Read more
Andrew's Interview with Loudoun Now; "Ghosts, Miracles & the Calm Before the Storm"
In August Andrew sat for another interview with writer Jan Mercker for the local independent Loudoun Now to talk about the Nor'easter project. Three years ago Jan had done a lovely feature story on Andrew's Treasures in My Chest album and book in advance of the release concert at Franklin Park Arts Center, so he was thrilled to reconnect with her to talk about his pandemic project. And we are all thrilled at her work here, for she clearly connected the human threads that run through Andrew's work, even back…Read more
New Video: "When My Time Comes"
This is the first concert video we have of "When My Time Comes" from Treasures in My Chest. A big thanks to Andrew McKnight & Beyond Borders bandmate Les Thompson who is also the Technical Director at our local Franklin Park Arts Center. To be able to capture video like this in-house was impossible before the pandemic, and they've worked hard to bring some high-quality broadcast ability to our hometown's showcase venue.
In addition to a little slidey mischief, this one includes a lovely tribute at the…Read more
Nor'easter Album Arrives After 33-Year Journey
While we're excited about getting back on the road for solo shows and more performances with Beyond Borders, Andrew's pandemic "legacy project" is finished. After nearly a year of restoration and production with his longtime engineer and co-producer Dustin Delage, Nor'easter's one and only album Calm Before the Storm is ready for the world.
In late 1984 Andrew founded Nor'easter along with two of his dearest friends, drummer Matt Bouley and singer Christopher A. Gursky. Over two and a half years, they…Read more
First Midwest Trip in Three Years
So much has changed since the last time Andrew headed west with guitars in tow. But, here we are, and making one's livelihood as a touring artist means touring as well as artist, so next month he'll load up the van for a short run out to Hudson MI (Thursday Aug. 11th) for the "Celebrate Hudson" weekly outdoor concert series, and Cincinnati OH (either Friday or Saturday 8/12-13). If you are in southeast Michigan or the Cincy area, remember that live music is as necessary for your body and soul as food and…Read more
The Rumors Are True - The Beyond Borders Reunion June 18th
We are thrilled that for the first time in three years, Andrew and his Beyond Borders bandmates - founding Nitty Gritty Dirt Band member Les Thompson, Stephanie Thompson and Lisa Taylor - will take the stage again to close out the 28th annual Mountville Folk Festival in Aldie, VA on Saturday June 18th. While the pandemic continues to be a nuisance for rehearsing as well as performing, the band have been enjoying making music together and are eager to share it with a live audience again.
If you live within a…Read more
Hear the Nor'easter Album Preview
Those who have been following the rather remarkable story of Andrew's pandemic "legacy project" might be interested in hearing the music - and for the first time, you can indeed hear Nor'easter's Calm Before the Storm in its entirety. (Take a moment to catch up here if you are hearing about this time capsule from Andrew's hard rocking youth for the first time).
Andrew and producer/engineer Dustin Delage along with Nor'easter vocalist Chris Gursky from New Hampshire and bassist Paul St. Amour from Tennessee…Read more
Two Solo Concert Videos Up
Back in February Andrew did a concert at the lovely Garth Newel Music Center in the remote mountains of western Virginia. While primarily home to a world-class chamber music center and festival, they occasionally have non-classical shows in the off season, and their 4 camera broadcast capability is a wonderful thing to be able to share with you now.
The first video here is "New Mission," one of Andrew's collaborations with combat veterans using songwriting as a tool to help them reframe and rewire their…Read more
Hear Nor'easter's "The Chemical Zone"
The Nor'easter project hit a big release milestone with the April 4th release of the first single "The Chemical Zone" to streaming platforms. You can see the lyric video and hear the whole song down below - Andrew plays bass as well as guitar on the album version.
"The Chemical Zone" is an excellent introduction to the many stylistic flavors of Nor'easter, drawing on their 70s rock influences like Zeppelin as well as their mid-80s metal contemporaries. Opening with Chris' haunting vocals over a delicate…Read more
WATCH: Nor'easter Cover Reveal Video
The pandemic project from Andrew's rock and roll past is nearing completion! Thanks to the beautiful acrylic on canvas original art by Rachel McFadden and the digital art and graphic design of Kathlene Sage, the cover for the Nor'easter legacy album Calm Before the Storm has arrived. Andrew writes:
" 'Fare Thee Well' may have been the first studio recording I did on acoustic guitar, and almost certainly the first time I layered tracks. I believe I was 22, and we were recording in a semi-working barn at…Read more
New Lyric Video: "A Dram to the Holidays"
Just in time for the winter holidays and solstice, our first lyric video production. We hope you enjoy Andrew's photography as well as words and music, and thanks for sharing "A Dram to the Holidays" with your family and friends.
Homegrown Holiday Sales for All
As of November 15th, our best sale in years is happening now on downloads and physical products at our Bandcamp store, and we're ready to fill your orders right through to '22, with nothing but the US Post Office in between our doorstep and yours.
- Album downloads just $6 - each comes with cover art, lyrics and liner notes too.
- CDs $9 (plus shipping)
- Andrew's entire 9-album digital discography for just $42.75
And our best sale on last year's Treasures in My Chest album & book inspired by…Read more