Ken Leighton 5:01 p.m., Nov. 24
Kyle Van Band
Sound description: Bluesy, ballsy old-school radio rock, stirred with Cajun and marinated in Irish and country.
RIYL: Echo Revolution, Drop Joy, Cash'd Out, Moontucky Risin', the Paladins, the Beat Farmers, Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, Them, the Troggs, the Blasters
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Inception: San Diego, 2006
Influences: Bono, Roy Orbison, David Bowie, Lyle Lovett, Steve Goodman, David Byrne, Willie Nelson, Georges Brassens, the Cure, Chris Isaak, the Beatles, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, the Rolling Stones, Benny Goodman, the Stray Cats, Danny Elfman, the Pogues, Elvis, John Lee Hooker, Lightnin' Hopkins, Brian Wilson, John Prine
Founded in 2006 by Kyle Van Buskirk, as an outlet for his songwriting, the Kyle Van Band jumps between genres and over definition. "If you must label it," he says, "rock, Cajun, Irish, and country comes closest."
Van Buskirk says he began writing songs at the age of 6 but didn't have a chance to pursue it with a band until he was 18. Even then, he didn't stick with one genre, playing simultaneously with experimental, classic rock, funk, blues, and ska bands.
After working as a teacher and filmmaker in Virginia, Venezuela, Europe, and Africa, Van Buskirk returned to San Diego and formed the KVB.