"Yeah, I was kind of a late bloomer," he said dryly.
Knight started writing songs when he was 26, but didn't really try performing them until he was 30.
"I didn't know how to do a gig," he said, "and I couldn't get along with club owners. They wanted me to advertise their beer sales."
Knight said he'd get into arguments and tell them, "I'm here to play songs. I'm not here to talk about Ladies' Night."
"That didn't work out too well," he said. "Not until I got the record deal."
Which didn't happen until Knight was 37 and had been in Nashville for a few years.
Knight said part of the reason he waited so long to start playing out was that he didn't want to be irresponsible. He'd grown up watching his father get up for work at 5 o'clock every morning. Knight also had worked his way through school, gotten a degree from Western Kentucky University and had a job in the field he'd chosen -- he graduated with a degree in agriculture and worked as a mine reclamation inspector and miner's consultant.
It wasn't a bad life, but he wasn't satisfied.
"About the time I turned 30, I got to thinking that these were not the greatest songs, but I could go further with them if I wanted."
There was nothing holding him back except his own insecurity, and, eventually, even that faded away.
He said, "I wasn't married at the time, and I was living in 10-x-15 trailer outside of Slaughters, Kentucky."
Knight figured then was as good a time as any.
"But I didn't do it until I was ready to do it," he said.
Since then, Knight has written songs for Kentucky Railroad, Montgomery Gentry, Randy Travis and others. He's recorded eight records. His latest, "Little Victories," was released in September 2012.
Knight's songs often have a gritty country feel, although he acknowledged that his life isn't quite as gritty and hard as it used to be.
He's in a pretty good place. He enjoys going out and playing. He has that honorary Texan certificate and, at some point, he was made a Kentucky Colonel, another unusual honor.
"The last time I played the Master Musicians Festival in Sommerset, they gave me a certificate," he said. "I don't know what to do with it. There may be stuff I can do with that. I need to check on that."Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.