Five Firsts: Penny Knight of the Penny Knight Band

Penny Knight
Penny Knight

NAME: Penny Knight
INSTRUMENT: Vocals, Drums, Percussion

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … A Patsy Cline album. My dad was a hillbilly from West Virginia. When I was a little girl, he would play his guitar, and I would sing Patsy songs. When we would go to visit family in West Virginia, he would show me off. I remember singing at the “after funeral” party for my Grandmother when I was 12 years old. That party lasted three days. Those hillbillies really knew how to celebrate someone’s life.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … The Who at Saratoga Performing Arts Center. After hanging there in the rain – and getting “high,” no doubt – with 33,000 people, it kind of set the standard of concert going a little high for me!

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … Drums. My dad took me to a pawn shop in Albany and said, “Pick out what you want to play.” So I picked drums.

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … Gee, I have a little trouble with that one. I remember my first bar gig. The Showbar in Albany. I was 13 years old. My dad took me to the gig and picked me up at 3am after the gig. My parents were cool like that!

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … We didn’t really have a name. It changed weekly with the members. We played school dances and a lot of basement parties.

The Penny Knight Band is playing some reunion shows this week – for the first time in 25 years! The band – featuring Richard Parks, Bob Boyer, Tony Jones, Tony Genevive and, of course, Penny Knight – will be at Savannah’s in Albany at 8pm on Wednesday; Eccentric Studio in Ravena at 9pm on Friday; and at Jay’s Bar & Grill in Ballston Spa at 3pm on Sunday.

  1. Andy M. says

    Roto-toms rock.

  2. Lorrie Leickel says

    I remember coming out to see you play.. I always thought you were very talented..
    Your parents were THE BEST, and they were So proud of you..
    I’ll never forget them…
    I’m so glad to see that you are doing well and still playing your music!
    Lorrie (The German Shepherd Girl )

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