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2-21-18 

I've got exciting news!

I'm going to be playing my solo music... with a band! Like, a real band. It's a 3-piece group I'm putting together with two friends that I've really enjoyed playing with over the last few years. Eric Shackelford (drums) plays with me every Tuesday night at the Mason Lounge with the Five Points Jazz Collective, and he also plays with local legends Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo. Lucas Koehler (bass) has played with me in both Five Points and The Big Payback, and he's been a fixture of the Madison jazz/funk scene for a while. 

We had our first rehearsal this last weekend, and I'm excited about the possibilities. Both these guys are very capable on their instruments and great listeners to boot- a combination I always look for in musicians! We'll be rooted in the kind of folk/Americana sound from my solo records, but we'll be exploring other musical territories as well. 

Right now, we're called the Kyle Rightley Band. I guess that name is pretty self-explanatory, if not a little dull. I was going to try to think of something better, but time got away from me, and now it's on the poster:
...which brings me to the gig! The (for now) Kyle Rightley Band will debut on Saturday, March 17 (St. Patrick's Day) at the Frequency. Zach Pietrini put together this bill, and he was nice enough to bring me on board. Thanks, Zach! I've also played with The Lone Canary before, and I look forward to hearing them again.

I hope to see you there!
Kyle

 

1-11-18 

So, it's a new year. I hope you're having a good one so far. 

Personally, my 2017 ended up with clutter and chaos. Don't get me wrong- I was thrilled that December was filled with so many meaningful musical experiences. My CD release show, the Beefus Christmas special, the live video recording of the Civil Engineers at the Harmony Bar (footage still in post-production by the way, but it looks and sounds very promising), student recitals, the usual Tuesday night gigs, and one or two Thriftdwellers shows sprinkled in for good measure. But playing in so many different projects can sometimes feel like working ten different part-time jobs: a never-ending list of scattered tasks to perform with little sense of focus or purpose.

I still really love what I do. I'm working on ways to continue enjoying it while leaving space for creativity and sanity. I have all kinds of music brewing inside, but I need to spend some time preparing myself and my space before I dive into new music. One approach that seems to be helping so far in 2018 is focusing on small tasks. Getting my car washed, organizing my work space, fixing little things that have been bugging me but that I've been too busy to get to, etc... It's kind of crazy how I get almost the same level of satisfaction and sense of accomplishment from going through a drawer and throwing away old documents as I get from writing a new song. 

Of course having complained about not enough focus, I can tell you that I'm going to be working on lots of different music in 2018. I intend to keep writing acoustic songs in the vein of my solo albums. Driveway Thriftdwellers will record our second album this spring. I'd like to write for groups I already play in like Five Points and The Civil Engineers. The Big Payback is starting up again after a little break, and I'd like to write for them again. I also want to work on something entirely new. Something direct, dark, and primal. I don't know exactly what yet, but I can feel it in there.

God, I also need to get outside. Rain be damned, I might go for a walk today. Then, back to the ol' to-do list.

11-6-17 

I'm excited to share the artwork and track listing for my solo album!
 

Making Home 
Coming December 13

1. Deep Runs the Well
2. Dumb Tragedy 
3. What Would Love Say? 
4. Thirty 
5. Fender Princeton Reverb 
6. Old Mercury 
7. Stranger Without You 
8. The Rain Upon the River 
9. Don’t Talk to Me 
10. From Home to the Heartland 
11. Making Home 

These songs were written in the 2015-2017 timeframe, with “From Home to the Heartland” being the earliest and “Making Home” the most recent. The album deals with relationships, politics, and personal hang ups. It was made at home.

CD release party Wednesday, December 13
Mason Lounge, 416 S Park St. 
Free show

I'm going to do what I can to make this a really cool and special night of music. More details coming soon!

Dumb Tragedy 

New single out today!

"Dumb Tragedy" is a vision of a world where there are only two people. At first, they cooperate. They are able to share resources and responsibilities. But as time goes by, each becomes more stubborn and set in their ways. Because the population is only two, each person represents the moderate and the extreme in every position they take. A divide opens between the two, and it grows wider with each passing year. The planet hurtles into oblivion while the two lonely armies wage their wars.

10-4-17 

October is here! I've got a very exciting and eclectic month in the works. Apart from the usual Tuesday night gigs at the Mason Lounge, here's what I've got cooking:

On Friday, October 6, I will release the first song from my new solo album, Making Home. The song is called "Deep Runs the Well," and it will be on my Bandcamp and Soundcloud pages. I'm going to be releasing songs every Friday in October to lead up to a November album release. I'm bursting at the seams with this new album- I can't wait for people to hear it! I'm just finishing up some details, and I'll post cover art and track listing very soon.

The Civil Engineers are pleased to be playing D14 Brewery's 3rd anniversary on Saturday, October 7. Specialty beer releases and re-releases will be on tap for the occasion.

Driveway Thriftdwellers return to Club Garibaldi in Milwaukee on Friday, October 13. We had a great time playing here earlier this year, and we're happy to be back. Opening for the Zach Pietrini Band. 

I'm pulling double duty on Saturday, October 28. The Civil Engineers will play during the day for Octopi Brewing's anniversary party. We're the go-to brewery anniversary party band! That night, I'm going to be playing in a No Doubt cover band for Freakin' Halloweekend at the High Noon Saloon! After weeks of debate, we've settled on calling ourselves Glow Doubt. There will be day-glo. There will be glow sticks. There will be costumes, and maybe even some antics. It's going to be a party.

That's it for now. Stay safe, eat something homemade, and enjoy autumn while it's here.

Upcoming Gigs

Date Event Location
Driveway Thriftdwellers @ Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, Fond du Lac, WI Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, Fond du Lac, WI
Five Points Jazz Collective The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin
Thriftfest Linneman's Riverwest Inn, Milwaukee, WI Linneman's Riverwest Inn, Milwaukee, WI
Five Points Jazz Collective The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin
Five Points Jazz Collective The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin
Kyle Rightley Band @ The Frequency The Frequency, Madison, WI The Frequency, Madison, WI
Five Points Jazz Collective The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin
Five Points Jazz Collective The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin
The Civil Engineers @ Crystal Corner Bar Crystal Corner Bar, Madison, WI Crystal Corner Bar, Madison, WI
Five Points Jazz Collective The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin
Five Points Jazz Collective The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin
Five Points Jazz Collective The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin
The Big Payback @ Rockin' for a Cure Wyndham Hotel, Fitchburg, WI Wyndham Hotel, Fitchburg, WI
Five Points Jazz Collective The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin
Five Points Jazz Collective The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin
Five Points Jazz Collective The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin
Five Points Jazz Collective The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin
Five Points Jazz Collective The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin
Five Points Jazz Collective The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin
Five Points Jazz Collective The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin