A Talk with Matthew B. Knights

I met Matthew Knights about 15 years ago in Spartanburg, SC. Of course, he was playing a guitar and singing a Hank Williams song to people who cared and didn't care. He didn’t care. He looked like he didn’t care. He reminded me of a crow, not bigger’n’ nothin' beneath a shock of gleaming, jet black hair-wailing, wailing wailing.

Like all the cool people, he had a way with a cigarette, puffing and nodding, trying to keep the smoke from his eyes-a bean pole, communicating in, and with, monosyllabic grunts and a guitar. It was as if my vinyl heroes had gathered in one man, and here he was--Keith Richards, Hank, Waylon, Matthew. I began this interview by asking him about this period in his life.

When we met he didn’t say much, he didn’t have to, he never did, which, is why his candor in this piece is so beautiful and special. He speaks, digs for the truth and bares his soul. It is in these moments you know why you love him, the person, the man who walks in his shoes.

Here's a video of an interview I did for CarolinaMixer.com with my long time friend, former band mate, and producer of many of my recordings, Matthew B. Knights. Matthew, owner of County Line Studio in Chesnee SC, as he talks about the road that has taken him to where he is now.

Written by Richie Tipton

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Richie Tipton

Richie Tipton

Whether you're familiar with Richie Tipton's solo work, Richie Tipton and The First Kings, Praying For Rain, NC Rail, or Billy the Six, you'll find information, photos, and sounds from his three decades in music right here.

Curious about Tipton's other endeavors? Visit The Farmer and The Writer pages, to read about his breeding of Kunekunes at Verde Farm or his adventures as a journalist in rural West Virginia.