Hometown: Lincoln, VA
Label: Catalooch Music
Sounds Like: Darrell Scott, Richard Shindell, Harry Chapin
Since permanently leaving his corporate environmental engineering career in 1996, award-winning singer, writer and guitarist Andrew McKnight has traced half a million miles of blue highways from his home at the foot of northern Virginia's Blue Ridge. In addition to his solo work, he also fronts the genre-bending quartet Beyond Borders along with founding Nitty Gritty Dirt Band member Les Thompson. His music and life often encompass his passion for community and causes such as preserving American landscapes and heritage, and has earned accolades; his "Good Things Matter" is a past Winner of the Great American Song Contest. He has earned critical acclaim and enthusiastic fans for his five solo CDs and captivating performances from house concerts and festivals to the Kennedy Center.
"With a voice reminiscent of Don McLean, McKnight traverses from old-time Appalachian tunes to contemporary folk and blues, all backed up by his dead-on guitar playing"
Denise Taylor - The Boston Globe
“Stretching across the landscape of American folk music is a highway paved by Guthrie and Dylan...now Virginia native Andrew McKnight takes his turn smoothing down the blacktop. If you like folk music with a healthy dose of social commentary, then 'Something' will satisfy...”
Mare Wakefield - Performing Songwriter Top 12 DIY
“With this outstanding new album, the award-winning Shenandoah Valley singer-songwriter continues to enlighten, as well as entertain...."Count Your Blessings" is an instant Americana classic. McKnight's pleasing vocals complement well-crafted lyrics and strong melodies.”
Paul Freeman - Palo Alto Daily News
“a purposeful songwriter and surehanded guitar player...can also evoke spooky backwoods Appalachian ghosts with his bluesier numbers...adds up to one fine album of insightful music. (9 out of 10)”
Chip Withrow - The Muse's Muse
“From his Beyond Borders CD, McKnight's, “How High the Mountain” is a must hear for any bluegrass fan or picker. The instrumentalism is top-notch, and the hook is catchy.”
“Full of great positive energy, Andrew took the stage and immediately had the crowd riveted with his acappella intro to "How High the Mountain".”
Eric Behlmer - Barn Concerts Review Page
“celebrate being considerate of others with McKnight's lively "Good Things Matter", a highlight from his new release Beyond Borders. This feel-good song promotes the golden rule with positive energy and suggestions, while managing to avoid slipping into sappiness.”
Angela Page - Sing Out!
"a sweet tenor and a crisp picking style that's comfortable in the realms of blues, folk, uptempo jazz and country"
Samir Shukla - Creative Loafing, Charlotte