Hillbilly Poetry: A Snapshot Of Kentucky’s Kyle Fields
With Capture Kentucky, we do our best to shine a light on local artists and to create opportunities within our Commonwealth. Opportunities that can grow right alongside us as we support the incredibly deep pool of talent here.
I want to introduce you to a young man that left Kentucky to chase his dreams in Nashville. Kyle Fields spent about five years living in Nashville and performing in many of the staples up and down Broadway, as well as many writers rounds. But it was his love for family, friends, our music community and UK Basketball that brought him to Lexington in August of 2017.
Kyle was born and raised in Greenup, Kentucky. He grew tired of the traffic and the hustle of a bigger city like Nashville, that continues to grow at a rapid pace. So Kyle decided it was time to rethink things. With Lexington being within a couple hours of home, moving here just made the most sense to Kyle and he is very happy to escape the $6 beer tourist traps where no one listens to original music and only wants to dance to “Wagon Wheel”.
Kyle’s musical style is rooted more in traditional country, but it certainly has it’s fair share of Nashville polish on it. As our musical community has grown, Kyle finds it nearly as easy to play as much in Lexington as it was in Nashville. You can frequently catch him jamming at the Stagger Inn, Austin City Saloon and even at Horseshoe’s.
Kyle brought to my attention that his music seems to have a difficult time fitting into a mold and at it’s core, that’s a problem that Capture Kentucky hopes to help with.
Many Country music lovers will tell you that Nashville has bastardized Country into something that hardly resembles what Hank Williams made famous. Even in Kentucky it seems that there are cliques or packs of fans for this music or that music and while I can see the argument for that, as a community, that’s not the most healthy way to promote growth.
If you ask just about any musician that plays Country, Americana or even Bluegrass, you’ll find that many share the same influences. Folks like George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, George Strait, Alan Jackson, Hank Williams, Keith Whitley, Chris Knight and Dwight Yoakum will likely make every Kentucky musicians lists. Kyle is no different. His Mother saw his passion, believed in his talent and always pushed Kyle to pursue his dream. Just like so many others.
As Kyle continues to evolve as an artist and write songs, he keeps in mind one simple quote from the great Merle Haggard. Merle said, “The only thing I’m really qualified to write about is myself.” That really struck a chord with Kyke and he has always tried to to stay true to that. Hard to argue with Merle.
So give Kyle Fields a listen and if you’re looking for a good time, catch Kyle out there chasing his dreams.
Pick up his album, buy a shirt or even a koozie from his website, here. Because like I always say, support the artists or lose the art!