Remember the days when Pandora was our main option for streaming? Before iHeart got big, before Spotify, before Amazon Music, before Apple Music?
I remember honestly being annoyed with Pandora because I just wanted to listen to specific things. Like excuse me, just because I chose Miranda Lambert does not mean I want to listen to Carrie Underwood. But, thank God for Pandora, because back in 2012, it helped me find one of my favorite artists.
Kyle Park. An Austin, Texas singer, songwriter, musician, & producer. I first discovered his single Somebody’s Trying to Steal My Heart. Loved the classic sound. Loved the rasp & twang. So I dug deeper. Kyle is a classic Country sound with a unique tone. George Strait, meets Clint Black, meets Dwight Yoakam.
His first album, Big Time, was self released in 2005. One of the best things about Kyle is that he knows he is the underdog. Let’s face it, all Austin Country artists are underdogs in the scheme of mainstream Country. But he didn’t let that stop him. His title track literally sums up his dreams.
It is really easy to dream big in this industry, but the cream of the crop work their asses off to make it happen. He founded his own record label only 2 years after his freshman album. He also tours All. The. Time….literally just look as his Instagram, he is always playing somewhere. I applaud his grind. I also applaud that he is one of the most authentic artists out there. I have chosen not to highlight personal interactions with artists on this blog because that is simply not what it is about. It is first and foremost about the songs. BUT, Kyle is a sweetheart & as genuine as they come.
As my husband would say, “he’s just another good ol’ boy.”
It’s one thing to talk a big game. But quite another when you live out your lyrics & dreams. The first time I listened to Big Time, I knew this guy was going to do big things. It is raw, but so good at the same time. No bells & whistles, just good ol’ fashioned Country music. Here are my top picks off of his debut album:
Somebody’s Trying to Steal My Heart
The first song I ever heard of his. Such a cute & classic style.
Holdin’ Onto Nothin’
Who doesn’t love a good old fashioned heartbreak song? The beauty with this song, and so muc of this album is the simplicity. Honest lyrics & a fiddle. What else do you need?
I’ll Do It Every Time
Cute song about swooning over a woman. An old fashioned gentleman who doesn’t want to spend more time with his date. Notice this doesn’t say anything about climbing in a truck and drinking from a Dixie cup, which is refreshing.
Look My Way
This one takes a turn from the classic Country sound and goe into a bit of rock. The combination is nice & the subject matter is still very much classic Country.
Bless that fiddle & steel guitar. Perfect twangy & fun song.
One Before I Go
The ‘One More Dance’ song. Though the concept is not original, it is still a sweet & well done take on a classic love song.
The title track. Love that this is the second to last on the album. It sums up that ‘here is my work, here is my potential, let’s do this’ vibe. I also love that he starts this song by talking about the heartbreak of this industry. My Lord, preach. This industry is full of disappointment, heartbreak, let downs, and at times, very little money. But with perseverance, patience, and a faithful heart, you “make it.” I also love that Kyle isn’t asking for all the money or fame, he is simply asking for one one to believe in him & invest. I love the raw honesty. Because it’s not all sunshine & rainbows, but it is beautiful. Hard work pays off, & it definitely has for Kyle. Ill never forget eyeing him play at CMA Fest & seeing so many fans know all the words. God bless Texas Country.
Hey Let’s Make it Big Time.