Song of the Day, September 12: The Hatfield Side by Cheri Knight

Today’s song is The Hatfield Side by Cheri Knight. A former member of Blood Oranges, Knight is another artist I found through Amazon.com’s recommendations. A cross between alt-country and edgy folk, she is a wonderful singer and songwriter. Her album Northeast Kingdom is a true gem, featuring twelve great tracks without a dud. Named after the region of Vermont where Knight resides, the album uses this distinctive rural setting as a backdrop for stories of love, lust, betrayal, longing, haunting, and need. Most read like relocated Eudora Weltey short stories, with distinctive characters and sharp details. The Hatfield Side tells the story of two towns with an annual tug-of-war match across the river that divides them. This tradition works out their historical rivalry in a peaceful way, allowing them to work together to survive the harsh climate throughout the year. In Knight’s capable hands, the story is at once specific and universal. Enjoy this compelling tale of collaborative rivalry today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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