...a talent for spinning honest tales from clear-eyed lyrics...” - John Noyd

Maximum Ink

The classically trained multi-instrumentalist sounds as legit in this genre as he does in jazz and country/bluegrass.” - Joel Patenaude

Madison Magazine

Photo: Shatter Imagery

Photo: Shatter Imagery

…windswept folk guitar trimmed in mandolin and graced with a clear calm voice.” - John Noyd

Maximum Ink

…rooted in traditional Americana that resembles political forebearers like Joan Baez or Willie Nelson.”


Low guitar notes cut through the sound of falling rain in the opening lines of "Song for the Flatirons," a pretty and wistful highlight of Kyle Rightley's latest EP. Titled The Bleak, Barbarian Pines, the album is the Madison artist's sophomore solo release, but it doesn't sound like the work of a green musician.” - Julia Burke


More Press

Various Artists - If You Have to Ask... Warrior Songs, Vol. 1. 

"Madison’s Kyle Rightley... contributes “Brothers,” a muscular slow burner with tremolo guitars that contribute significantly to the song’s dark subject matter. This track is one of the album’s strongest with clear and powerful production and featuring Blueheels members drummer Adam Cargin... and bassist Landon Arkens."

-Rick Tvedt, Local Sounds Magazine

An Interview with Guitarist Kyle Rightley

"Fronted by the spicy soulful vocals of Leah Isabel Tirado, The Big Payback is comprised of highly experienced and profoundly innovative artists whose collective sound has earned them award after award after award. Guitarist Kyle Rightley took time out this week to talk with me about “Animal Brain” and how the theme of musically unifying the duality of the human mind came to fruition."

-Michelle Harper, Maximum Ink

A glimpse into a songwriter's life

"Rightley, a multi-genre classically trained musician, also discussed the importance of lyrics in a song. He attributes his inspiration for his creative lyrics to both internal forces such as a desire to address an issue or tell a story and external forces, like someone else’s life."

-John Everman, The Clarion