Christopher Knight Family
to perform at O.C. Arts Center
for primitive farming lifestyle with family
In 1988, 35-year-old John Christopher Knight was leading an ordinary
suburban life in Knoxville, Tenn. Knight enjoyed his job as a representative
for an electrical manufacturer, had a nice house and cars and was married
with five children.
Christopher Knight familys CD
of original acoustic songs was released
last year to the delight of critics and fans.
Knight played soccer and coached his kids teams.
While taking a goal shot, Knight broke his ankle, requiring a set of
screws and pins and plenty of rest. In the ensuing four months, Knight
spent most of his time in bed, thinking and reading the Bible. He began
to re-evaluate his priorities, and made a decision to drastically change
When I told them that I had a plan to quit my job, sell our cars,
buy land in Kentucky and live without electricity, my wife and my parents
both thought I was insane, Knight, 52, remembers.
His wife, Laura, and their five kids reluctantly conceded, and the Knights
bought a farm and moved to southern Kentucky. Knight and his son tore
down the old farm buildings by hand and used the materials to build
the familys barn and house. They hauled all their water in buckets
for two years before building a gravity flow system. The family worked
with a Mennonite community for years, and in exchange learned to farm
Today, the family still lives on the farm without electricity or indoor
bathrooms. They make and wash their own clothes by hand, use wood to
cook and heat their house and farm with horses to provide much of their
own food. They also train border collies for income. The Knights had
four more children since their move. The two oldest, John Jr. and Joshua,
have moved off the family farm, but the rest are content with the basic
We dont try to push them one way or another, Knight
The Knights began playing music on their farm years ago. While camping
at a border collie event in Georgia, a man overheard the Knights playing
and offered to take them to a friends recording studio. Initially,
Knight declined, but called the man back later. Accompanied by several
of his children, Knight recorded a CD last year, titled Way Down
The disc contains all original songs, combining folk,
rock and pop into an eclectic mix that appeals to a variety of listeners.
Were not world class musicians, were just farmers
with instruments, Knight said. The title refers to Knights
decision to follow a little voice inside himself.
I think people are identifying with something thats gone.
We offer them a connection to something they want do but have been afraid
to try. People said we couldnt change our lives like this, but
we did and were happy. You have to be willing to follow your dreams.
Knight has released and promoted the CD completely independently, without
an agent or publicist. Even so, the album hit 44 on the AMA radio charts,
lodging between Tracy Chapman and Bruce Springsteen. The Knights began
touring last year, booking their own shows around the farming season
and traveling in a converted school bus.
The Knights were covered in a segment on CNN and The Today Show,
and a recent article in the magazine Mother Earth News sparked a flurry
of interest in the familys music and lifestyle.
John Christopher Knight & Family will perform at 2:30
p.m. on Oct. 2 at the Oldham County Arts Center in Crestwood, Ky. Tickets
are $10 for adults and $5 for children. For information, call the center
at (502) 241-1006. For tickets, call 1-866-811-4111.
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