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A Pretty Good Guy

Chris KnightAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 11, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dualtone Music Group
  • ASIN: B00005NTTG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,601 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Becky's Bible
2. A Pretty Good Guy
3. Oil Patch Town
4. Send A Boat
5. Hard Candy
6. Down The River
7. If I Were You
8. North Dakota
9. Highway Junkie
10. Blame Me
11. The Lord's Highway

Editorial Reviews

Songwriter Chris Knight signed with a "fancy" Nashville label, released an impressive debut disc in 1998, and promptly got dropped. Though it took him three years, Knight has returned. A Pretty Good Guy is no great departure from the debut, as Knight still echoes in sound and style heroes like Steve Earle and John Prine ("Send a Boat" is a dead ringer for the latter). But where the first album was politely produced and played by studio pros, this one is a slugfest, thanks to producer and lead guitarist Dan Baird (Georgia Satellites, Yayhoos). That approach works on the brawling, buzzing "Oil Patch Town," though it overwhelms the careful lyricism of cuts like "Hard Candy." --Anders Smith Lindall

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark tales of rural life observed with an unblinking eye September 11, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Knight's hard-scrabble tales play like a darker, rural version of Tom Waits' bowery blues. But where Waits' boozy wink provides an escape valve, and his losers are often lovable, Knight's viewpoint (born and bred in Slaughters, KY, population 200) lends little such release. His songs offer an unblinking view of rural life's roughest edges, couched in folk and country influences that include John Prine, Steve Earle, and Springsteen's "Nebraska"-era starkness. His stories tell of nearly unremitting desperation.
Earle's landmark "Guitar Town" sang of frustrated small-town inhabitants bursting to race beyond the city limits; fifteen years later, Knight's protagonists can't even imagine roads that lead out of town. His characters, weighed down by circumstance, are drawn into robbery, murder and death. Life's balance between awareness and obliviousness, between self-control and fatalism, keeps slipping his characters over the edge of ruin.
The stellar backing band (including superb keyboards from Tony Harrell and drumming from Greg Morrow) follows Knight into the darkest recesses of his lyrics. They crank up rock-tinged country and shuffling road rhythms to mark finely crafted ironic proclamations, and back away, leaving Knight nearly alone for first-person tales of homelessness and retribution.
Knight's lyrical world is a disturbing place to visit, but one whose truth is its own dark beauty. As he says of his work, "I just write about it, not around it."
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Country Music at its Best September 14, 2001
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A Pretty Good Guy, the follow-up to Chris Knight's self-titled debut, is nothing short of spectacular. Representing a genre reminiscent of Steve Earle, this album showcases Knight's superb song-writing ability and gravely voice. Set against intricate instrumental arrangements that are stripped down but entirely sufficient, Knight spins tales full of love, loss, and revenge. "Down the River," "If I Were You," and "North Dakota" provide three haunting stories that beg to be listened to again and again. "Oil Patch Town" and "Highway Junkie"(previously recorded by Gary Allan on The Black Dog Soundtrack) portray images of everyday life that are easily relatable. The other six tracks are as equally strong and compelling. A Pretty Good Guy will stand as one of, if not the, best country music albums released in 2001. If you have grown weary of the homogenized country music on the radio, this album will prove to be one quite a refreshing experience.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Amazing September 12, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is another amazing album by one of the best singer/songwriters I have heard in some time. His first album was excellent and this does not disappoint. As good as Knight was lyrically on the first album, he may be better here. Certainly, he owes a debt to Steve Earle, as well as those who influenced Earle, but he also stakes his own claim. "Down the River" is an amazing song of retribution; in "North Dakota" you can practically hear the cold wind blow across the prarie. Other highlights include "Blame Me" and "If I Were You" both of which are about people who have been pushed so far into a corner that there appears to be only one way out. The songs sound real and Knight's delivery sounds as if he has been there.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT HESITATE! Buy this one, and his self-titled CD! September 17, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I highly prefer Country (incl. AltCountry & Bluegrass) that's NOT cookie-cutter music! Chris Knight is first and foremost a song-writer. I hold those who write AND sing their own material a level or two above the rest. And to have real music sound this good can be a tough find. If you prefer songs that are a little more "real" -- dealing with real life, down-home issues, blue-collar tones, childhood memories of growing up in smalltown USA, etc. -- then this album is for you. The singer-songwriters are too hard to come by, and we need to support them with everything we have. The voice, the 6-string -- I can't get enough! It's so refreshing to hear something like this in place of the "top 40" country hits played over and over on the radio. I like quite a few of those as well, but don't really need to hear them 10 times a day. I wish Chris Knight the best, and hope he has a long and prosperous career/life. I saw him in Nashville while on vacation. I got to see REK (again) the following night. That was a great week!!! I'll definitely see Knight again -- if given the chance. A great guy in person, and an excellent artist.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great follow-up album November 3, 2003
By Robert
Format:Audio CD
Chris Knight's CD "A Pretty Good Guy" has a raw, gritty feel to it that echoes strongly of fellow Nashville outcast Steve Earle. Knight's amazing songwriting skills and captivating lyrics don't hint around a subject like other story song singers. He goes right for the jugular of the message he is sending. This is why he is so popular among a fringe group of country music fans. Unlike his first CD, "A Pretty Good Guy" has more passionate and personal lyrics that speak about more than just people' misfortune. They are much more encouraging than previously (except for a couple of songs). Chris Knight would be secured as one of the best songwriters in country music if the industry was not so leary of his take on music. This is a great CD. If you like listening to music with a message, Chris Knight is a singer you should give a chance.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars chris knight
I can't express how much i love chris knight. i think i might have all his albums by now. incredible songwriting the way music should be. Read more
Published 2 months ago by T. Dees
5.0 out of 5 stars A Pretty Good Guy and Damn Fine Singer/Songwriter
I have a Jason Isbell Pandora channel (I buy your CD's Jason so you are getting paid) and Chris Knight songs kept popping up and they were really good. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars John Wayne, Hank Williams and Son House would approve.
Honest voice with simple yet catchy licks. good stuff. Heartfelt without getting feminen and sappy. Hard driving songs like HIGHWAY JUNKIE and raw yet manly songs like North Dakota... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Brandon
5.0 out of 5 stars Chris Knight is an underappreaciated lyricist
Chis Knight is so much better than the people he has opened for. He's every bit as good as Robert Earl Keen.
Published 12 months ago by Jo Spicer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic.
One of the best, most original and brilliant artists I've heard in years. Chris Knight is one fantastic songwriter and has the voice to go with it.
Published 13 months ago by C. K.
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent offering
I recently discovered Chris Knight and have purchased a number of his older albums to "catch up". Read more
Published 16 months ago by Frederick Ball
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Chris Knight.
Another great one from Chris Knight, I love this guy, raw, real music. You believe he lived every word he sings.
Published 19 months ago by BR
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Singer-Songwriter Album!
Chris Knight is one of the best(if not THE best!) songwriters in America, and A PRETTY GOOD GUY is his best album. Read more
Published on June 17, 2010 by Randy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD from a great artist
I just began listening to Chris Knight a few weeks ago. I bought one CD and after listening to it, I bought his other two. I'd describe it as good ol' boy country. Read more
Published on January 9, 2006 by Brandon Braud
5.0 out of 5 stars good stuff
This is a great Cd. Of course, anything dan baird is involved with is bound to be excellent. Also, anyone who is compared to Steve Earle is bound to be dam good..........
Published on June 19, 2005 by Jimmy Biagioni
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