Chris Knight (born June 24, 1960) is a Texas country music singer and songwriter. He only recently came to national attention, but has written songs for Confederate Railroad, John Anderson, and Randy Travis among others.
He is best known for writing the hit Montgomery Gentry song “She Couldn’t Change Me” and because of his particular fame in Texas, was named an “Honorary Texan” by Texas Governor Rick Perry. Knight grew up in the mining town of Slaughters, Kentucky. When he was three years old, he asked for a plastic guitar for Christmas. At 15, however, he became serious and began teaching himself John Prine songs on his older brother’s guitar.
Knight earned a degree in agriculture from Western Kentucky University. He worked for ten years as a mine reclamation inspector and as a miner’s consultant. In 1986, he heard Steve Earle on the radio and decided to start writing songs. After six years he came to Nashville and won a spot on a songwriters’ night at the Bluebird Cafe.
Below is a Night Session at the Blue Bird in Nashville –
He attracted the interest of Frank Liddell, who signed him to a contract with Bluewater Music. When Decca Records hired Liddell for an A&R position, Knight received a contract and in 1998 Decca released his self-titled debut. Knight lived in a house trailer on 90 acres in Slaughters when the album was released. He has since become a major name in the alternative country music genre.
(He is considered one of the best singer-songwriters.)
Chris say’s “When it comes time to write, it’s people’s histories that inspire me, especially the dark side. The dark side of life is what adds character to things.”
Here is Chris Hell Ain’t Half Full –