Saturday: Chris Knight at Conroe's Crighton Theater

Update: Sounds of Texas is giving away ten pairs of tickets to this show. Call 936-441-7469 ext. 201; mention you saw the offer on houstonpress.com to win.

Perhaps no artist in Americana other than Steve Earle has been compared to Bruce Springsteen as much as Kentuckian Chris Knight. Knight's songs, mostly dark human tragedies about developers taking over poor people's land ("House and 90 Acres") , bad men treating their women and kids wrong ("William"), or Knight's own devilish destructive tendencies ("It Ain't Easy Being Me"), have a ring of truth few modern writers achieve.

It was no accident that PopMatters picked Knight's Heart of Stone as its #1 album of 2008. With ex-Georgia Satellite Dan Baird producing and playing, Heart of Stone captured Knight in all his world-weary facets and coupled him to arrangements that just blew the speakers.

And Knight's previous album, 2006's Enough Rope, only added to Knight's reputation as a keen observer of the underbelly of rural life with songs like "Cry Lonely," the absolutely hilarious 'country wisdom' tale "Bridle on a Bull" and "Jack Blue," one of the best "Don't mess with guys in bars" songs ever. After Blue dispatches two young toughs, the attending doctor recommends, "You don't mess with Jack Blue, but here's a needle and thread in case you do."

Saturday marks Knight's first-ever appearance in Conroe as part of the Sounds of Texas series. KPFT favorite Mark Germino, one of Nashville's finest song-poets, opens. Germino recently had a track on Emmylou Harris's album, and also had one of his songs, "God Ain't No Stained Glass Window," cut by Johnny Cash before he died.

7:30 pm, Saturday March 28, Crighton Theater (on the town square in downtown Conroe), 936-441-7469 ext. 201.

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