Chris Knight and Local Tunesmiths at Sportsmen’s Tavern
by Buck Quigley - posted 4:24 pm, November 29, 2012
One of the best songwriters in the Americana/alt.country genre is Kentucky native Chris Knight. Tomorrow night, (11/30, 7pm) he makes a rare stop at the Sportsmen’s Tavern (326 Amherst Street, Buffalo). Knight’s songs have been covered by a number of country artists, but to get the full effect you need to hear him deliver them himself—and there’s no better venue in town to do that.
Here’s what Grammy-winning country star Rodney Crowell had to say about his recent appearance at the Sportsmen’s:
“At first glance, it put me in mind of Carl’s Bad Tavern in San Antonio, where well oiled barflys pretty much scoffed at my song selection. First impressions can be deceiving. This room—Sportsmen’s Tavern—was full of high energy romance. Tom and Betty requesting “What Kind of Love” to celebrate 20 years of snowbelt bliss. A Chaucer and Keats quoting songwriter sizing up my agility with words alongside theirs. Man, was I tempted to believe him. The place is run by a fella named Duane—so likeable that I was tempted to apply for a regular slot two weekends a month. Thank heavens for little musical Meccas.”
Opening will be four local songwriters including Dee Adams, LeRoy Townes, Willie Schoellkopf, and Yours Truly—swapping tunes in the round.