Ben Kyle

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Not to be confused with Benjamin Kyle or Benjaman Kyle.
Ben Kyle
Born May 21, 1981 (1981-05-21) (age 34)
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Origin Gilnahirk, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Genres Americana, folk, rock
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter, producer
Years active 2002– Present
Associated acts Romantica
Website www.benkyle.com
Notable instruments
Avalon Guitars

Ben Kyle (born May 21, 1981) is an Irish-American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He is best known as the lead singer and songwriter for the Americana band Romantica. Kyle's singing style has been compared to those of Jeff Tweedy and Ryan Adams.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Ben Kyle was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland but moved with his family to Minneapolis, Minnesota at age 13.[3] Kyle grew up in a family of musicians and showed an interest in music from an early age.[4]

Career[edit]

2002–2009: early career[edit]

In 2002, Kyle formed Romantica, an alternative country band with an Irish influence. Based in Minneapolis, Romantica has acquired a following in the United States while releasing three albums.[5] Their first, It's Your Weakness That I Want, came out in 2004, bringing an Irish rock approach to the Americana genre of music.[6] Their second album, America, brought the band more widespread recognition as Kyle's lyrics and poetic approach earned enthusiastic praise.[7] Paste magazine ranked the album 58th on its Top 100 Albums of 2007 list.[8] As the songwriter of the America album, Kyle won several awards at the 2007 International Songwriting Competition.[9] In 2009, Romantica released Control Alt Country Delete which was written and recorded in a single day in Austin, Texas.

2010–present[edit]

After the release of Romantica's third album, Kyle went on tour in Europe with Carrie Rodriguez in 2010. They performed in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and the United Kingdom.[10] Kyle and Rodriguez also recorded a duet album, We Still Love Our Country. The album has two original songs: Your Lonely Heart, by Kyle, and Fire Alarm, co-written by Kyle and Rodriguez. The other six tracks are covers of classic country songs. Both the tour and the album were well received in Europe.[11]

In 2012, Kyle began his solo career with the release of Ben Kyle, a compilation of songs of a more personal nature. Commenting on the solo album's name, Kyle stated, "It's not like the Romantica songs were not personal, but this collection is definitely very autobiographical...."[12] As of early 2013, Kyle was working on several musical projects as producer and arranger while also developing future Romantica and solo recordings.[13]

Collaborations[edit]

In addition to his work with Romantica and Carrie Rodriguez, Ben Kyle has worked with Ryan Adams, Alejandro Escovedo, Lucinda Williams, Sara Watkins, and Dan Wilson.

Discography[edit]

Romantica[edit]

  • 2004: Its Your Weakness That I Want[14]
  • 2007: America[15]
  • 2009: Control Alt Country Delete[16]

Collaboration[edit]

  • 2011: We Still Love Our Country (Duet album with Carrie Rodriguez)[17]

Solo[edit]

  • 2012: Ben Kyle[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mead, David. "Romantica: America". Paste. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Romantica: 'I Need You Tonight'". National Public Radio. 
  3. ^ Weber, Tom. "Romantica's Ben Kyle goes solo". Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ Bialas, MIchael. "After Sleeping on It, Ben Kyle Gets His Solo Act Together". Huffington Post. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Romantica: 'I Need You Tonight'". National Public Radio. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
  6. ^ Christman, Philip. "Romantica - It's Your Weakness That I Want". Paste. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  7. ^ Riemenschneider, Chri. "Top Local Albums of 07". Star Tribune. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Signs of Life 2007: Best Music". Paste. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  9. ^ "2007 Winners". International Songwriters Competition. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  10. ^ Swensson, Andrea. "Romantica's Ben Kyle: The extended interview". City Pages. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  11. ^ Chilton, Martin. "Carrie Rodriguez and Ben Kyle: We Still Love Our Country, CD review". The Telegraph. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  12. ^ Swensson, Andrea. "Ben Kyle breaks from Romantica to release personal, pensive solo album". the Current. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  13. ^ Weber, Tom. "Romantica's Ben Kyle goes solo". Minnesota Public Radio. 
  14. ^ "It's Your Weakness That I Want". Apple. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
  15. ^ "America". Apple. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Control Alt Country Delete". Bandcamp. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
  17. ^ "We Still Love Our Country". Ninth Street Opus. Retrieved Jul 9, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Ben Kyle". Apple. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 

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