If 2009 is any indication of things to come, 2010 is going to be a pretty good year for Kyle Swartzwelder. After spending most of 2009 touring from Georgia to New Hampshire to support his late 2008 self-titled release, Kyle is preparing to record his follow-up album for 13:13 Records. Along the way, he gained new fans with his sweet country-folk songs and dynamic live performances, and shared the stage with Jake Armerding , Craig Bickhardt, John Flynn, David Mead, and Peter Tork, as well as local favorites Ben Arnold, J.D. Malone, Laura Shay, Chris Bruni, and Nancy Micciulla.
Now a veteran of the folk scene, Kyle started out in the coffee shops around the University of Delaware with his father’s 1968 Ovation Balladeer. After several years of cultivating his songwriting, Kyle moved on to the folk clubs and coffeehouses in the Philadelphia region and quickly developed a reputation as a top-notch songwriter and performer. 2008 saw the release of Kyle’s first release, an eight song, self-titled record, on 13:13 Records. The record was greeted by rave reviews, being called “perfect” and a “polished gem,” and was even nominated as Best Album of the Year by 93.7 WSTW. WSTW also named Kyle the Best Male Artist of 2008.
In addition to playing as many live shows as possible, Kyle keeps busy with several other musical endeavors. For the past three years, Kyle has hosted the popular and extremely well attended open mic at Burlap and Bean in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. He is also Burlap and Bean’s in-house sound engineer. Kyle also runs a small studio in his Wilmington home where he has mastered records for Philadelphia artists such as The Spinning Leaves, Hezekiah Jones, and Wissahickon Chicken Shack’s Brad Hinton.
Kyle’s music is recommended if you like – Lyle Lovett, Ryan Adams, Jeffrey Foucault, Josh Ritter, early Jackson Browne, early Neil Young.
Kyle Swartzwelder -- Guitar
Nate Gonzalez -- Piano, Accordion
Phil D'Agostino -- Upright Bass
Tom Hampton -- Pedal Steel
Tommy Geddes -- Drums
Kurt Houff -- Guitars
Laine Walker -- Fiddle
Kyle Swartzwelder -- self-titled (August 2008)
Single "The Way I Should Be" receives play on multiple online and terrestrial radio stations.
Kyle pulls from a catalog of 25-30 original songs. Sets focus on the eight songs from the self-titled record and 13 (or so) slated to be released in early 2010.
A typical 45-minute set will include one cover. Kyle performs covers by Neil Young, John Prine, Bruce Springsteen, Lyle Lovett and Jackson Browne.
Select Original Song Titles
Bring Me Home
The Way I Should Be
The Best of Things
Sing Your Angels Love
Home in Yonder Field
Around the Wheel
Sorrow in This House
Red Winged Blackbird
Never Can, Never Will
Select Cover Songs
Bruce Springsteen -- Thunder Road, Atlantic City
Lyle Lovett -- If I Had a Boat, Nobody Knows Me
Neil Young -- Out on the Weekend, Powderfinger, Cortez the Killer
Tom Waits -- I Hope That I Don't Fall In Love With You, Take Me Home, New Coat of Paint
Jackson Browne -- These Days
There are no upcoming dates at this time.