Interview with Texas country star Kyle Park Special

Posted Aug 6, 2013 by Markos Papadatos
Country singer and songwriter Kyle Park is the pride of Austin, Texas. At the age of 17, he received his first radio airplay on KVET 98.1 FM for his song “Ask Ol’ Hank.”
Texas country singer Kyle Park
Texas country singer Kyle Park
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Kyle’s latest studio album “Beggin’ For More” was released on March 19, 2012, via his independent record label, Thirty Tigers. It features “The Night is Young” and “True Love,” both of which peaked at No. 1 at Texas radio. “I write my own songs and I chose a Ronnie Milsap cover song ‘He Got You’ from the 1980s for this record. Music for me is all about the feeling and making you feel good musically, not just lyrically,” he said.
He was the sole writer and producer of his latest single “Fit For the King,” a story about heartbreak, which consists of lyrics from 31 George Strait songs. “I wrote that song ten years ago actually and I went in the studio to do a full-band version of the recording. In my second album that came out in 2008, I have an acoustic version as a hidden track. That song was really easy to write since they were all George Strait titles, so it was really like putting a puzzle together,” he said.
Kyle continued, “The video for the song is really cool too since it’s a tribute to George as well. It’s a traditional country song and it’s refreshing to be able to put that kind of music on the radio and to play it at our shows and have that kind of response.”
“Beggin’ For More” has garnered much praise from music critics. “It’s the greatest feeling when you receive praise on something that you have worked hard for and for something that you created from scratch,” he said.
Particularly impressive about Kyle is that he continues to play over 160 dates a year across Texas and the Mid-West. “We are playing outside of Texas a lot more these days such as Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, Kansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arizona, so we are getting out there a lot more these days,” he said.
Throughout his career, he has opened for such country artists as Eli Young Band, Gary Allan, Jack Ingram, Tracy Lawrence and Clint Black. “I love these guys since they are some of my favorite artists and it’s great to see them doing really well and how they paved the road for everybody else. I learned more about my own show and set-list just from watching other bands and what works for them. I’m a visual learner,” he said.
Growing up, Kyle was a big fan of George Strait, Clint Black, Hank Williams, Roger Miller, Johnny Cash, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Keith Whitley and Joe Diffie.
On his plans for the future, Kyle remarked, “We hope to have at least one or two more singles from this album, so it should last us until this year and some of next year. I will always be putting out new music. I am always going to keep things fresh and my band and I are always going to get better.”
He listed Lee Ann Womack, Patty Loveless and Julianne Hough as his dream female duet partners in country. “Lee Ann is one of my all-time favorite voices and I love Patty Loveless since she’s really country,” Kyle shared.
To learn more about Texas country singer Kyle Park, visit his official website.