Five Questions With B.Knox

Barrie, ON-based singer-songwriter B.Knox has released his second single, the rootsy, alt-country track, “Corners”, which he says is a reflection on life and the choices we make.

Check out the single below and find out more about B.Knox via our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

I’m B.Knox, a singer-songwriter based in Barrie, ON. I’m originally from Newfoundland. I released my first single in May of 2019, and another in August, so it has been a short ride in music so far, despite being an older songwriter and performer. I think being older has certainly helped shape my approach to the industry, my sound, and definitely my lyrics.

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

I suppose my music would fall under the umbrella of “Americana” or “Alt. Country”. I think it carries a heavy blues, roots, and folk tradition behind it. My writing style falls somewhere between straight storytelling and analogistic or metaphorical explorations of emotion.

Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?

My live performance is usually solo. I play a combination of acoustic and electric guitars, but the vocals and lyrics are certainly the focus for me. I recently played Unplugged North at Rivoli in Toronto. I’m playing in the second year of the Troubadour festival this Friday here in Barrie (September 20th), and I play weekly gigs around Barrie on a regular basis.

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

Of the songs that have been released, I would say “Deep Dark Love”. Not only is it my leading single, but I feel that lyrically and musically it is relatable. Themes that anyone who has been in love or in a relationship can probably understand and empathize with. Creating a connection through lyrics is incredibly important to me.

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?

I gravitate to songwriting, so I’m often listening to artists like Donovan Woods, Bry Webb, The Weather Station, Charlotte Cornfield, Basia Bulat, Colter Wall, Kathleen Edwards, Leif Vollebekk, and Justin Rutledge. I also enjoy the bigger band sounds of Dan Mangan, Espanola, Bahamas, Altameda, Hollerado, Born Ruffians, Wolf Parade, Joel Plaskett, The Wooden Sky, Daniel Romano, Zeus, and Terra Lightfoot.

My favourite albums at the moment would definitely be Dan Mangen, Altameda, Espanola, Charlotte Cornfield, and Donovan Woods. Those get a lot of play in my musical rotation.

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