With appearances this year at Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival, and Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Kyle Donovan's forthcoming album has already won critical acclaim from folk festivals and competitions across the nation. The storytelling troubadour has been crafting vivid vignettes, capturing moments from everyday life to tell stories of love, loss, family, and the passage of time for a new album called Then and Now, slated for release in early 2019. He calls the countryside near Boulder, CO home, and often produces, collaborates, and plays with other songwriters on the Front Range, including Summerland Sun and Clandestine Amigo. Kyle also hosts a monthly live-performance podcast featuring independent musicians called The Songwriter Hour.
Donovan's 2016 album, The Kindness of Strangers, was inspired by the connection and common bond of humanity that he found touring across the US in 2015. The album's "spare, acoustic, [and] infectious" sound landed Donovan an Honorable Mention at the 2016 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriter Contest and recognition from American Songwriter Magazine.
His clear, pure tenor is his signature instrument, and often draws praise from critics:
With an absolutely astounding vocal range, Kyle Donovan sounds like the long-lost love child of Carly Simon and Art Garfunkel. The acoustic instrumentation that supports him is lovely, but over and over Donovan's voice is what draws all of the attention, and for great reason. It's beautiful.
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