DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Local country music singer/songwriter Riki Knox will be offering fans a unique opportunity to hear her full debut album at an event this Saturday, Nov. 14.
The event titled ‘An Intimate Evening with Riki Knox’ will take place at the Latcham Centre in Port Perry. Kx96’s Pete Walker will be emceeing the cd launch and The Ben Hudson Band will be opening the show.
Ms. Knox said that the main reason to have the show in Port Perry is to give back to the local people who she says have always supported her musical pursuits.
“The community has always come out and backed me and supported me. It really is small town living,” she said.
Ms. Knox grew up on a farm in Elizabethville, northwest of Port Hope. She said that her experiences there with her three siblings have had a major influence on a lot of her country songs.
“I write a lot about a lifestyle that I know first-hand,” Ms. Knox said. “On the farm we had a television set, but we didn’t really watch it. We were more outdoor kids, we were always out there from sun up until sun down.”
She also added that her father, who is also a songwriter, was the one that first inspired her to get into country music.
“I was born and raised on country music,” Ms. Knox said. “My father is a songwriter himself, so we would just meet and sing and write. It was very organic.”
She describes her style of country music as having “more of that rocking edge, that Gretchen Wilson feel to it.”
In the past, Ms. Knox has performed with notable artists such as Carole Pope, Marc Jordan and Jack de Keyzer. However, she told The Standard that her favourite performance memory is when she opened for Dallas Smith at the Port Perry Fair in 2013.
“I think at the time it was the largest crowd they had ever had, so it was just surreal, and to know a lot of them that were out there was just amazing,” she said.
Ms. Knox added that she thinks her debut album is “pretty well rounded”, including fun songs, as well as softer, “more lyrically meaningful songs.”
Tickets to the intimate evening are $25, which includes entrance into the event as well as a signed copy of the album, titled ‘That’s Country Y’all’. They can be bought on-line at rikiknox.com/shows.