My "Most Under-Appreciated Album": Cheri Knight

Thought I'd throw this out there...for alt-country fans, a sadly underappreciated album was Cheri Knight's "The Northeast Kingdom". It was released in 1998 on Steve Earle's label, and was produced by the Twangtrust. Guests include, not surprisingly, Steve Earle, and Emmylou Harris.

It is an eclectic album, with everything from an Irish lament, Byrd-ish jangle pop, greasy Southern rock, Western swing, and Neil Young Hey hey, my my fuzztone rock (something Earle is fond of). Knights voice is untrained but sincere, and she shows a number of nice turns of phrase in her lyrics.

This album would be on my "10 albums on a desert island" list, it's that good. I hope some of you check it out.

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I liked that Cheri Knight record a lot, but I liked the Blood Oranges' (Knight's old band) "Crying Tree" even better. Haven't listened to either in a while - I'll have to dig them out and cue 'em up again. I seem to recall that her follow up record "Knitter"(IIRC) was a bit of a disappointment, though.

Too many great obscure records out there to pick just one as my favorite.