Joe Kile
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Joe Kile

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States | SELF

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States | SELF
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The best kept secret in music


"Kings Avenue Review: July 2005"

New Orleans-based singer/songwriter Joe Kile offers a style of folk that bears hints of early Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark on the contemporary side, and an air of old-timey on the other. He seamlessly binds the two with his plaintive, honest voice and guitar performance. Understated and dry, Kiles magic is his subtle and poetic beauty, in lyric and imagery. He plays like a lazy day. While its mostly him throughout Kings Avenue, there are subtle additions of strings, bass, keys, accordion and pedal-steel that sneak in almost unnoticed. Sunyatta Marshall adds a delightful backing vocal to the jaunty "Texas Summer Evening" and the two lovely waltzes, "Kansas In June" and "New York". - Miles of Music

"Kings Avenue Review: July 2005"

Warm and sincere, Kings Avenue is a brief invitation into the introspective and delicate world of singer/songwriter Joe Kile. Fusing soft acoustic folk with modern day Americana, Kile has a way with words and melodies that reflect the deeper meanings of the everyday.
Insightful lyrics coupled with low-key melodies contradict the debut nature of the album, suggesting a future paved with creative successes. Predominantly laid-back acoustics are occasionally backed up with pedal steel, mandolin and organ adding color and depth to an otherwise beautifully sparse album.
Vocally the St Louis born Kile draws upon Townes Van Zandt and Gram Parsons, while fans of the more contemporary Lambchop, Bright Eyes and Ryan Adams may also find significant worth within his quietly passionate anecdotes.
- Screaming Bloody

"Kings Avenue Review: August 2005"

This recording was done in St. Louis, Missouri, but I think Kile is from or based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Doesn't matter, just different points on the river. He reminds me of that old river in fact, slow and easy, hardly clear, but full of life and stories, steadily moving onward. Joe Kile plays acoustic guitar and sings, backed up by Kevin Buckley on a variety of instruments, Andrew Gribble on bass, Kelly Winter on accordion and concertina, Bruce Tull on pedal steel, and Sunyatta Marshall on harmony vocals. His songs are thoughtful and if at times a bit murky and discordant, always engaging. -

"Kings Avenue Review: August 2005"

Understated Americana melancholia that sounds more pretty than perverse. Even when his lyrics get quite dark, Kile's voice still sounds like he's smiling. That adds a menace to the songs that may--or may not—be intentional. Either way, it's unnerving. I like music that shakes me out of my comfy chair, and this is most definitely that. -


Kings Avenue (Dren Records 2005)


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In a country overflowing with Singer/Songwriters, what is it that makes Joe Kile any different? With one listen to his last record, Kings Avenue, I quickly realized that this isn’t just your standard songwriter. His music speaks with an openness very seldom heard these days. With folksongs like the waltzy “Kansas In June” and the somber “Summers Gone”, Kile lets you in on a world of emotions with lyrics that will shake you out of your comfy chair.

Kile was born and raised on the North side of St. Louis, Missouri. Upon graduating from High School, his sound began to take shape. He soon began digesting the music of Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, and Joe Ely, just to name a few, and made the choice to leave home and head West.

After being picked up in a van by childhood friend Chris Burney (The Sun), with former Jayhawk Marc Olson at the wheel, Kile made his way across the desert and into LA. Once there, he found himself comfortable on the floor of Burney and Tim Easton’s apartment. Taking Easton’s advice, Kile relocated to New York City, then to Austin, Texas. Living in the environment many of his heroes had done in the past, Kile began piecing together the songs that would become Kings Avenue.
In 2004 he began production on “Kings Avenue” with long time collaborator and award winning multi-instrumentalist Kevin Buckley (Grace Basement).

Released on Dren Records in 2005, “Kings Avenue” received great reviews and was in the top 10 best selling list at Miles of

Kile had made New Orleans his home for 2 years, until unfortunate circumstances due to Hurricane Katrina brought about a move to Columbus, Ohio; his new temporary home. In December of 2007, he will be releasing his follow up record to Kings Avenue and then hitting the road in support of the new album.

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