Ben Kyle Story
“A Sleeping Giant” - Huffington Post
"Perfect" - American Songwriter
"Amazingly good” - Associated Press
"Splendid. Tender and moving" - The Telegraph
Minneapolis based Ben Kyle is the Belfast born songwriter and architect behind the critically acclaimed eponymous album Ben Kyle (La Traviata Records, 2013) featuring the award-winning songs Mercy and Don't Settle. American Songwriter named the song Mercy "Perfect" and the album prompted the Huffington Post to dub Kyle "A Sleeping Giant."
Emigrating to Minnesota from Northern Ireland with his family as a teen, Kyle synthesized the roots music he absorbed in midwestern America with his Irish folk and soul upbringing and went on to release 5 heralded albums as the singer-songwriter and frontman behind the Irish-Americana critical darlings Romantica. Paste Magazine called Romantica's 2007 release America "One of the Best Albums of 2007" but No Depression contended that Shadowlands was "Undeniably their best."
The winner of 9 International Songwriting awards in "The songwriting competition to take note of" - New York Times, Ben has worked with Ryan Adams (The Dark feat. Ryan Adams) Lucinda Williams, Alejandro Escovedo, Sara Watkins and Dan Wilson (Adele) among others. In 2011 he collaborated with Austin, Texas roots sweetheart Carrie Rodriguez, on the duets album We Still Love Our Country, a well-recieved collection of country standards and sprightly originals that enjoyed success on the Americana Radio Charts and called for the duet to tour extensively in Europe and the UK.
In early 2016 Ben fell severely ill with an acute presentation of Lyme Disease that provoked significant neuro-inflammation and robbed him of much life, memory and cognition. Coming back from the brink after two years and a deep healing journey, Ben is returning to the studio, revived and re-energized to record a brand new effort born from this experience and titled Silvertone.
"Songs and voice that sit comfortably between Jeff Tweedy and Ryan Adams" - Paste Magazine