Award-winning singer, songwriter, guitarist and storyteller Andrew McKnight comes to Asheville from his northern Virginia Blue Ridge home. Since leaving his corporate environmental engineering career in 1996, McKnight has logged nearly a million miles touring across America. In addition to his solo career, he fronts Andrew McKnight & Beyond Borders along with founding Nitty Gritty Dirt Band member Les Thompson. Their live CD/DVD One Virginia Night and Andrew’s five solo CDs have earned much critical acclaim and airplay around the world as well as a wealth of NPR stations and several XM/Sirius satellite shows. The popular jam band Great American Taxi frequently perform his anti-mountaintop removal ballad “Made by Hand”, co-written with Thompson and Chance McCoy (Old Crow Medicine Show), including on NPR’s Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour.
“The skillful songwriter’s interest in history is revealed in songs such as the Civil War ballad “The Road to Appomattox” and the soldier’s elegy “Wind Whispers Your Name.” … He also works in true folkie tradition, updating lyrics to classic material such as “Worried Man Blues” or reworking Robert Johnson’s “Crossroads” to place himself mano-a-devil.” (The Washington Post). While McKnight shares that folk lineage with Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, fans of contemporary singer/songwriters like Darrell Scott, John McCutcheon and Richard Shindell will find much to like in his songs and stylings. He is also on the prestigious Virginia Commission for the Arts Touring Artist roster.