Thu Jun 14 2018

9:00 PM (Doors 8:00 PM)

The Southgate House Revival - Sanctuary

111 E Sixth Street Newport, KY 41071

$20 adv/ $25 dos

All Ages

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Chris Knight, Mic Harrison (formerly of The V-Roys) at The Southgate House Revival

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  • Chris Knight

    Chris Knight


    Chris Knight doesn’t like to say much. Won’t chat about his worldview or engage in conversations on his creative approach. For 17 years, several acclaimed albums and a hard-nosed career that’s been hailed as “where Cormac McCarthy meets Copperhead Road”, Knight has always let his music do most of the talking. And on record – as well everywhere across America, from roadhouse taverns to major-city concert halls – his songs have had plenty to say. But with his most recent album, Little Victories (September 2012), Chris Knight has taken the discussion to a whole new level.

    His first album of new material since 2008, Little Victories is a record of blunt honesty, elegiac truths and the raw rural poetry of an artist who’s come into his own and intends to stay. And for a performer who’s been compared over the years to Cash, Prine, Earle and Nebraska-era Springsteen, Knight now stands alone as a singer/songwriter that has carved his own idiosyncratic sound and sensibility out of the dirt road American dream. Little Victories not only sounds like a Chris Knight album, but the best Chris Knight album yet.

    Little Victories also marked a reunion with producer Ray Kennedy, who’d engineered and mastered Knight’s seminal Enough Rope and two Trailer Tapes albums and is well known for his work with Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, John Mellencamp and Lucinda Williams. The album’s 11 songs purely rank among Knight’s finest. And if the title track not only finds Knight at his most cheerily optimistic (for Chris, at least), it also features vocals from his lifelong musical hero John Prine. “When I was 16, I got a John Prine songbook and learned about 40 of his songs,” Knight explains. “Used to play them for the kids in study hall at school every day. About 20 years later, I finally got to meet him when I opened a few shows for him. He asked me to come out and sing “Paradise” as part of his encore, and I got to play the blonde Martin guitar that was on the cover of his first album. I sent him “Little Victories” and he liked the song enough to be on it.” Chris treasures the moment when the two first listened to the playback of their distinctive twangs rasping joyfully together on the chorus. “‘Prine turned to me and said, ‘We sound pretty good together. Just like Phil and Don Everly.’”

    So after 17 years, 8 albums and a still uncompromised reputation as one of the best singer/songwriters in America, what has Chris Knight learned from it all? “I’ve learned that I’m pretty lucky to do what I do and make a living at it,” he says. “I’m really proud of this record, and it’ll be fun to play these songs live. For people who like my music and maybe even for someone hearing me for the first time, I think they’ll find songs on here that mean something to them and they can hang on to. I don’t want to talk about it too much, but I think people are gonna be surprised.”

    And for Chris Knight, that’s victory enough.

  • Mic Harrison

    Mic Harrison


    Mic Harrison and the High Score are gathered for a photo shoot at what has to be the nastiest motel in Knoxville, Tenn. The wallpaper is stapled to the wall. Stains stretch from floor to ceiling. Behind the beds is a filthy little alcove with a grungy sink and a rotting cabinet. When the photographer picks up her beer up from the dresser a roach has already beat her to the next sip.

    "The online review said ‘If you like to cook meth you’ll love this place!’" says High Score guitarist Robbie Trosper.

    "The homeless shelter we stayed in last week was a paradise compared to this," says High Score bassist Vance Hillard.

    To be honest, the group members didn’t realize that they were being put up in a homeless shelter until they’d been there a while and just a few months earlier the band bunked at a $700,000 townhouse in Columbus, Ohio, where dignitaries usually dwelled.

    Such is the life of a working class rock band: Sometimes you sip from the same bottle of Scotch as Jeb Bush. Sometimes the roach beats you to your beer.

    It’s the sort of thing Mic Harrison knows well. A native of Bradford, Tenn., Harrison was working in a sawmill when he was asked to join Knoxville-based band the V-Roys in 1995. The group had already been performing Harrison’s song "Sooner or Later" with V-Roys co-lead vocalist Scott Miller singing lead. The group recorded three critically-acclaimed albums and toured Europe opening for Steve Earle and acting as his band. When the V-Roys broke up on New Year’s Eve 1999, Harrison (who had released his first solo album "Don’t Bail" earlier that year) joined already established college radio favorites Superdrag. He recorded the album "Last Call for Vitriol" with the group. Superdrag disbanded in 2003 and Harrison recorded his second solo CD "Pallbearer’s Shoes" (2004) with producer Don Coffey Jr.

    It wasn’t till Harrison joined forces with Knoxville band The High Score, though, that everything came together. Robbie Trosper (guitar), Brad Henderson (drums) and Vance Hillard (bass), all hail from Sevier County (the birthplace of Dolly Parton) and were kindred spirits. Together, Harrison and the High Score developed a combination of high octane honky tonk and power pop rock ‘n’ roll that has wowed audiences from Bonnaroo to Boston.

    The band’s albums "Push Me On Home" (2007), "On the Right Side of the Grass" (2008) and "Great Commotion" (2010) landed the group good reviews, airplay on Americana radio stations around the country and a dedicated and enthusiastic fan base.

    It’s music for people who haven’t kept up with Lady Gaga’s latest outfit or Justin Bieber’s new haircut — and maybe a few who do. It’s music that relies on strong melodies, lyrics that mean something and invites you to have a good time.

    If that’s out of style, Mic Harrison and the High Score could care less.

    Back in that nasty motel room the band, which now includes guitarist Chad Pelton, launches into a version of new song "The Colonel Is Dead" for inclusion in the Internet event Couch By Couchwest. A few days later the video will be named one of the picks of the event by USA Today. But tonight the group hits a beautiful harmony in the dirtiest motel room in Knoxville. The final line of the chorus is the title to the band’s new album, "Still Wanna Fight."

    It’s appropriate. For a rock band in 2012, every tour seems like a battle and every show that ends with a cheering crowd is a victory.

    After the photo shoot, Harrison looks out into the darkness of the motel parking lot and puffs on a cigarette:

    "Yeah, and we’ve got an arsenal of songs and we know how to use ‘em."

    –Wayne Bledsoe
    Knoxville News-Sentinel music writer and host of WDVX-FM’s "All Over the Road"

Chris Knight, Mic Harrison (formerly of The V-Roys) at The Southgate House Revival

Thu Jun 14 2018 9:00 PM

(Doors 8:00 PM)

The Southgate House Revival - Sanctuary Newport KY
Chris Knight, Mic Harrison (formerly of The V-Roys) at The Southgate House Revival
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