Artist Spotlight: Kentucky Knife Fight

Rowdy St. Louis locals Kentucky Knife Fight, who were just named the city’s best rock band by Riverfront Times, are definitely going to shake things up with their LouFest debut this year. Frontman Jason Holler (who lives up to his last name) is Americana’s answer to Greg Dulli, taking lyrical themes of crime, sexual deviance and moral bankruptcy to new extremes within the genre.

Kentucky Knife Fight

There’s no better example than on the band’s latest album, the downright dangerous Hush, Hush. The band puts it best, calling the record “a seductive collection of songs about crime and human sexuality, which attempts to understand why good people do bad things.” While American folk music may have lost some of its edge in recent years, Kentucky Knife Fight is ready to take it back to the days of murder ballads and true crime stories.

“Gunsmoke,” a standout track on Hush, Hush, ends with Holler wailing “I still have something to prove” as the music reaches its climax. More than just a refrain, it could be Kentucky Knife Fight’s battle cry as they zig-zag across the country opening for bands like Murder By Death and LouFest veterans Lucero. This D.I.Y. approach to touring in the age of instant internet stars is a bold and admirable move, but not surprising for a hardworking band like these guys.

See Kentucky Knife Fight take to a balcony to tear through “Paper Flowers Two” in the video below, then see them do it all over again in Forest Park this fall!