Chris Knight was admittedly surprised at the public’s reaction to the raw recordings of The Trailer Tapes. I’m not sure why, this genre has a fan base that prides itself as much on unreleased demos recorded on a Radio The Shack cassette recorder as it does the latest proper album release.

While Trailer Tapes II is technically a sequel to The Trailer Tapes, it differs at its core. See, while Trailer Tapes was a raw collection of songs that were largely unreleased, Trailer Tapes II features the original Chris-and-an-acoustic stripped-down versions of what ultimately became some of Chris’ most popular songs. These recordings spawn from that same summer recording session in 1996 featuring a recently signed, but still unknown Chris Knight that birth to The Trailer Tapes, taking place inside a singlewide trailer in Kentucky.  When asked about the tracks on Trailer Tapes II, Chris had this to say, “I’ve been playing most of these songs every night on the road for the past 12 years. I know I sing 2 of them way different now than when I did then. What you’re hearing is a guy who had written those songs at his kitchen table and barely knew how to sing them into a microphone. Still, there are moments where I can hear the beginning of what I do now.”

I’ll admit that Trailer II doesn’t quite possess the same power that The Trailer Tapes did, but Chris at 3/4 power is better than many folks at full throttle. And even on Trailer II, when it’s on there are few better.

Chris Knight – Highway Junkie
Chris Knight – Old Man
Chris Knight – Love and a .45

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  1. actually for me, i think the fact that many of these songs are more well-known makes this disc a tad more magical than Trailer I (again, for my sake). To see the origin of Love & a .45 and It Aint Easy Being Me gives a real glimpse into the beginning of something immense…or not.

  2. I have to agree that II is not as powerful as the first but you are talking about both being orders of magnitude better than most of the tripe out there to begin with. I am digging Love & a .45, admittedly, partly because it reminded of the movie by the same name but also because it’s just plain amazing overall. One that I wasn’t sure of the first few listens was The River’s Own and that one has grown on me so much so that it’s in constant rotation right now. I don’t think Chris could put out a bad album and this one is great. (Yet another artist I originally discovered hanging out here.)

  3. Since discovering Chris via ninebullets, I’ve snatched up many of his albums (though I do lack a few at this point). I really wasn’t sure about buying this record when I saw it announced since I already had most of the songs in one form or another, but these songs I think have convinced me to go out of my way to buy it (or at least put it on my Christmas list). Good stuff indeed.

  4. I am lucky to have seen Knight a few times. I am also lucky to be in driving distance to The Cheatham Street Warhouse in San Marcos, Texas where he plays a lot. It’s always packed when Knight plays and I think he goes out of his way for these gigs. South Texas loves Chris Knight. Any 9 Bullets readers in South Texas keep your eyes on for shows. It’s worth the drive from San Antonio or Austin.

  5. There’s still more out there, trust me… 😉

    The idea for these sessions was hatched over a beer, and Chris reluctantly agreed. I have to give Frank credit… He committed to the idea, sold it to Chris, and thankfully we were able to capture a true artist in a way that I personally think would have never happened had we been in a “real” studio. Chris was at home, with himself and his songs. I’m honored to have been fortunate to play a small role…

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