WANT TO GO?
Chris Knight, With Fifth on the Floor and Matt Woods
WHERE: The V-Club, 741 6th Ave., Huntington
WHEN: 10 p.m. Friday
TICKETS: $13INFO: 304-781-0680 or www.vclublive.com
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Some singers win a lot of awards. They take home Grammys, get trophies from CMT, MTV or the Academy of Country Music. Others line their walls with gold records. Country singer Chris Knight got a framed certificate that declares him an honorary Texan, conferred on him in 2007 by Texas Governor Rick Perry.
"I don't know what that's all about," said the Kentucky native and longtime resident of the Bluegrass state, "but I'm glad that I got it."
The 53-year-old singer/songwriter, who performs Saturday at Huntington's V-Club, said he's not sure what sort of benefits, privileges or responsibilities come with it. He's never tested it out, although he could at any time.
Knight has played Texas more times than he can count.
"I guess they like me," he said.
The feeling is mutual.
Texas has been good to him -- not that Kentucky or anywhere else he's played has been particularly bad. It's just the state of Texas is a whole different musical culture. They love the kind of gritty alternative country he plays, and there are always plenty of places to play.
"In Kentucky, you've got Louisville, Lexington and a couple of clubs here and there," he said. "As far as going out and taking a band, it's few and far between, but in Texas, you can play for six months and never have to repeat a show.
"You can make a living playing music in Texas and never have to leave. It's just a different thing."
Texans just like their music more than most folks, Knight thinks.
Knight's approach to country music is more weathered and wise. While he started playing guitar as a teenager, he didn't actually embark on anything approaching a music career until he was in his late 20s.