CD Review – Andrew McKnight & Beyond Borders “One Virginia Night”
What is so special about this “One Virginia Night”? Undoubtedly it is the strength of talent that Andrew McKnight assembled for this live performance recorded with his band, Beyond Borders. McKnight can normally be found around the nation playing solo shows that combine folk, rock and world musical traditions, but for this performance near his home in the rolling hills of western Virginia, he has assembled a superb band to give his lyrics a strong platform to stand on, with Lisa Taylor on percussion and vocals, Les Thompson on banjo, and Stephanie Thompson on guitar and bass. With a deep sound and strong vocal backup from Beyond Borders, McKnight’s earthy lyrics are given strong support throughout the performance. His words pull form the tension of complimentary and opposing forces such as rock and folk, tradition and innovation, the individual and society, nature and progress.