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"With songs such as “The Road to Appomattox,” “Count Your Blessings” and “Safe Home,” Andrew McKnight displays a sort of folk music mastery, digging into the genre for a sound that’s authentic, earnest and deeply heartfelt" - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
"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
"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 avoids stridency by crafting vignettes told from the point of view of those in pain and keeps dourness at bay ... 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
"As a singer and songwriter, McKnight is a marvel, capturing the essence - the very heart and soul of the past and present in his insightful observations about places and the people who live there. An environmental engineer and avid historian of rural life, he brings a deep truth to his words and music that resonates with an irresistible charm as he shares his thoughts for us to ponder with him. His voice itself is one that you can literally listen to for hours, savoring its mellow sound like a fine mountain wine." - The Times-Standard, Arcata CA
"Andrew McKnight is a bundle of energy. He revels in Appalachian history and sings songs encouraging preservation of this great nation of ours. He's one of the good ones." - Athens News, Athens OH
"Andrew McKnight gave a captivating performance of original folk and blues inspired music at The Highland Center during the 2018 Maple Festival. Highland County residents and visitors alike were treated to Andrew’s delightful storytelling, masterful guitar playing, and finely crafted songs."
- Highland County Arts Council, Monterey VA
"I have worked with Andrew McKnight for almost a decade, originally hiring him for a performance at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. His talent for musical storytelling as well as being extremely easy to work with (and one of the nicest guys out there) made it a no-brainer to bring back again. Since then, he has been gracious enough to make room in his schedule for performances for our local Rotary Apple Harvest Arts & Crafts Festival for multiple years as well as the Handley Library's 'A Little Noon Music' winter concert series. I would say his style is the best combination of Americana/Appalachia/bluesy folk-rock, and it's good stuff! Always a well-received musician, it has been an easy choice to call on Andrew anytime."
- Sarah Daywalt, Past Event Coordinator, Winchester Rotary Club and Museum of the Shenandoah Valley
"Andrew was just wonderful! I can't say enough good stuff about him! A true professional: excellent singer, great musician and super talented song writer. His stories were also great and very entertaining. Our audience was WOWED and loved him! There was lots of diversity in his playlist, which is important to our audience. We couldn't ask for more. If you get the chance, book him!"
- Music on the Mountain, Brackney PA
"Inventiveness and imagination are always at work in Andrew’s story songs. So is his passion for nature, his knowledge of history and that impish, energetic wit. One of the finest modern folk guitarists around..."
- Uncle Calvin's Coffeehouse, Dallas TX
"Andrew's performance on November 11th was one of a kind. Full of great positive energy, Andrew took the stage and immediately had the crowd riveted with his acappella intro to "How High the Mountain"...."
- Barn Concerts, Gilroy CA
"this brilliant guitar player brought those (Blue Ridge) mountains with him...Relating story after story and song after song, often combining his interest in geography, history and a keen eye for the human spirit, Andrew presented a night overflowing with fantastic original material which could only be rated with Blue Ribbons, 5-Stars and a couple of thumbs up."
- Tidewater Friends of Folk Music, Norfolk VA