- Artist: Andrew McKnight
- Format: CD
- Release Date:11/30/2004
***One of five finalists for the Independent Music Awards, 2005 Americana Album of the Year*** ***Nominee, Best Contemporary Folk Recording, 2005 Washington Area Music Awards*** The acoustic singer/songwriter stretches his wings on his fourth solo CD, blending global influences, spoken word, and traditional music together with his acclaimed songcraft, rich melodic vocals and deft guitar work. A creative collaboration with two old friends, Beyond Borders was recorded by original Nitty Gritty Dirt Band member Les Thompson, who also recorded Where This River Runs, and mixed by Michael DeLalla, who recorded Andrew's 1995 debut Traveler and is the founder of Falling Mountain Music, the record label for which Andrew has been a cornerstone artist all these years. The result is a stunning soundscape of 13 original songs, plus the traditional 'June Apple' and the spoken word 'Do You Hear Them?' with it's improvised accompaniment. Andrew's acoustic and electric guitars and vocals are captured in powerful and impassioned performances, with tasteful ornamentation throughout courtesy of keyboardist Jon Carroll (Mary Chapin Carpenter), string whiz Danny Knicely (Footworks, David Via and Corn Tornado) and the world beat percussion of N. Scott Robinson (Malcolm Dalglish and the Oolites). Organic tones and rich textures highlight stellar craftsmanship in a diversity of settings, including the haunting bounce of 'The Poet's Great Romance', call-and-response gospel ('Rust on My Halo'), high lonesome bluegrassy vocals ('How High the Mountain'), and the feelgood vibe of 'Good Things Matter', winner of the Great American Song Contest Acoustic/Folk category. "Bluegrass harmonies, introspective lyrics, & astute observations...Overall this is a great CD with a number of standout tracks including the opener "How High The Mountain," the stripped-down "Wishing" (featuring McKnight's exotic cedar flute work as well as noted percussionist N. Scott Robinson), & the chain-gang style vocals of "Rust On My Halo." ...A cross between Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket), Nickel Creek's Sean Watkins, and Ani Difranco this CD is for fans of intelligent & heartfelt songwriting." (Sean Lewis, Minor 7th) "writes earnest, well-crafted songs, possesses a tuneful tenor and keeps good company. His guests include keyboardist Jon Carroll and mandolinist Danny Knicely, who help enliven, color and ornament McKnight's eclectic repertoire" (Mike Joyce, The Washington Post) "Strong release....no, make that STUNNING...covers abundant and fertile ground, musically and lyrically, though it seems unfair a gifted songwriter should also possess such a fetching voice and hot chops" (Dave Obermann, KUT FM Folkways, Austin TX)
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