Kyle Knutson
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Kyle Knutson

Murfreesboro, Tennessee, United States

Murfreesboro, Tennessee, United States
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"Local Music"

The first of five local musicians, Kyle Knutson took his stool on stage with only his guitar and harmonica to accompany him. Coming out of South Dakota, Knutson sounds like he was born and raised in downtown Memphis. Beale Street and the blues are obviously a huge influence over Knutson’s songwriting. Featuring tracks that oftentimes told stories, Knutson would speak his lyrics as much as he would sing them. Knutson played a lot of hilarious songs, including one about sperm donation. Lyrics “You will have five-hundred dollars and a picture from a Playboy to thank” had the entire audience laughing out loud. Amid funny songs, Knutson hammered out a couple of hard-hitting straight blues tracks. Regardless of being completely deaf in his left ear. Knutson can really play his guitar and has a solid voice to go right alongside it.

By: Landin E. King - The Murfreesboro Pulse


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Although he spent a great deal of his earlier childhood growing up outdoors on a family farm in rural South Dakota, by age eleven, Kyle Knutson began taking an interest in music and of learning how to play his father’s guitar. Initially, his father showed him the few chords he knew how to play from various Merle Haggard and Hank Sr. three-chord country songs. Eventually, Kyle began to develop a country blues finger-picking style of playing while drawing influences from veteran songwriters and various artists’ featured on shows such as Austin City Limits. By the age of twenty, Kyle found himself performing in many venues across South Dakota including Jazzfest that is held every year in Sioux Falls drawing attendance levels of over 100,000 through the duration of the two-day festival.
Drawing from the experience of his former days of acting on the stage all through high school, Knutson is a natural when it comes to entertaining a live audience. By incorporating the guitar, harmonica and raspy vocals into a blend of blues and folk music, newspaper critic Landin E. King once stated “Knutson sounds like he was born and raised in downtown Memphis. Beale Street and the blues are obviously a huge influence over Knutson’s songwriting.” In the fall of 2007, Knutson migrated south to Nashville to pursue a Recording Industry Degree with an emphasis in Songwriting from Middle Tennessee State University. Currently, Kyle spends a great deal of his time writing songs and performing throughout South Dakota and at various locations around Nashville.