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Kyle Burnett’s Dark & Bluesy Deep South Scene

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Kyle Burnett is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has traveled the world making music. Through the years, the uniquely talented musician has performed and recorded from his native Oklahoma to Japan, France, Ireland and now in his current home state of California. Through most of his musical explorations Kyle worked as a supporting artist and stage musician for hire.

In recent years Kyle Burnett has turned his creative energies toward recording. He first worked as a session player. In 2020 he appeared on Kelly Miller’s ‘Vague Complaints’ album and on Ekene Music‘s ‘Nature Does Not Rush’ in 2021. On January 28, 2022 Kyle made his professional solo recording debut with the album “Alabama: From Clover to Crimson,” available worldwide on all major streaming services.

“Alabama: From Clover to Crimson ” is a concept album of sorts, inspired by the unfinished ’50 States’ project by Sufjan Stevens, in which the popular experimental Pop artist intended to write and record an album for each of the 50 United States. Although Stevens never completed the project, a group of his fans and fellow musicians organized their own version via an online discussion group. Kyle Burnett was assigned to Alabama, and he got to work.

The eleven songs “Alabama: From Clover to Crimson ” exist in a mysterious and bluesy space somewhere between Americana and avant-garde Alternative Rock. From the rustic psychedelia of “From Clover to Crimson” to the melancholy and ghostly vibes and Acid Rock experimentation of the epic 10 minute “Where the Mountains Begin,” the record feels like the soundtrack to a dark drama set in the swamps of the Deep South. 

With a palette of loose Blues improvisation, Nick Cave-esque DarkWave vocals and stream of consciousness poetry, Kyle Burnett creates an unsettling world. On tracks like “Wetumpka,” “Decatur” and “Talladega” he delivers anecdotes of the residents, transients and myths that populate The Heart of Dixie. Throughout the record he uses haunting vocal harmonies and sparse musical arrangements to accent the psychological drama of his stories.

Most of the album features an ensemble of live guitars, keys, bass and drums. Although Kyle Burnett played most of the instruments himself, he invited some friends to join in the creative process. Together they have painted a complex musical portrait of the Deep South. Grateful Dead style improvisation meets Alternative Rock experimentation. Kyle Burnett’s guitar skills shine throughout. His mix of experimental Americana and wailing Blues leads brings to mind some of the work of the late great Sandy Bull.

Check out “Alabama: From Clover to Crimson” in its entirety below, or listen on your favorite streaming service. You can also hear the song “Harper Lee” on the Deep Indie Songwriters playlist. Follow the links below to connect with Kyle Burnett. Get on his socials and join him as he embarks on this new phase of his musical journey.

Featured artists on the record:

Harper Lee
Alaina Joleen – vocals (tr. 4)
Angelo Gonzalez – ukulele (tr. 4)
Leona Bornemann – vocals (tr. 4)
Katja Sonnen – bass (tr. 4)
Talladega
Sean Salazar – electric guitar (tr. 6)
Battle House
Ekene Nworah (Ekene Music) – vocals (tr. 8)
White Cedar
Kevin Burnett (brother) – electric guitar (tr. 9)
Southbound
Jay D. Tea – electric guitar (tr. 10)
Where the Mountains Begin
Matteo Benedetto – electric guitar (tr. 11)

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