KYKE PARK @ HURRICANE HARRY’S

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KYKE PARK   by Jordyn Smith

Aggieland favorite Kyle Park will take the stage at Hurricane Harry’s on November the 6. Park, a native of Austin, has been active on the Texas Country music scene for the past decade. His success has been steady since the release of his first album – “Big Time” – in 2005. Now he’s even self-produced his recent release, “The Blue Roof Sessions.”

Park got his start in music at an early age. At 14 he learned to play the guitar, by the time he was 17, he was performing live and had his radio debut. Inspired by the country greats – Clint Black and Chris LeDoux – Park has a unique style and sound. While attending Texas State University, Park found himself regularly singing George Strait covers with members of George Strait’s Ace in the Hole Band. Gaining momentum and confidence, he soon formed his own band. He left Texas State after completing only two years to begin touring.

After releasing his debut album in 2005, Park began setting his sights to his next project, the 2008 hit album “Anywhere in Texas.” The album was recorded at Ray Benson’s Bismeaux Studio. To fund the album, Kyle Park founded his own record label: “Kyle Park Music.”

In between releases, Park played up to 175 shows a year. His popularity began to grow and he developed a loyal fan base. In 2010, he released “Spring 2010 EP” and set out on a 200-show tour. He followed that EP release with another EP title “Fall 2010 EP.” His fall EP rose to Number 7 on the iTunes’ Top Ten Country Records chart. The EP’s were two great successes for Park. The Fall EP’s single “All Night” received regular airplay and stayed in the Top 25 on several Texas radio charts for a few months. His EP’s showcased his ability to use different styles of country. From classic country to modern country, and even a little bit of rock country, the albums delivered and propelled him to Texas Country stardom. These two EP’s marked Park’s first time to venture into a producer role.

In September 2011, Park released his full length album “Make or Break Me.” Each track on the album was written, co-wrote, or produced by Park. That year marked the second time Park toured outside of the United States, returning to Europe to tour France and Germany. His most recent release “The Blue Roof Sessions” was released on October 23, 2015. It was recorded just outside of Austin on Lake Travis.

Over the years, Park has had the opportunity to not only tour worldwide, but he has had the opportunity to open for a variety of country acts. He has opened for an eclectic mix of Texas and Nashville country artists. Park has opened for the likes of Tracy Lawrence, Clint Black, and Gary Allan. Park has also made it a priority to tour with fellow Texas country acts and has played with the Randy Rogers Band, Eli Young Band, and Cody Johnson. In 2014, Park had the opportunity to open for George Strait at Strait’s stop in Hidalgo, Texas on his “Cowboy Rides Away Tour.”

Catch Park on his latest stop in Aggieland on November 6 at Hurricane Harry’s. Tickets and info are available at harrys.bcsclubs.com.

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