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1-11-18 

So, it's a new year. I hope you're having a good one so far. 

Personally, my 2017 ended up with clutter and chaos. Don't get me wrong- I was thrilled that December was filled with so many meaningful musical experiences. My CD release show, the Beefus Christmas special, the live video recording of the Civil Engineers at the Harmony Bar (footage still in post-production by the way, but it looks and sounds very promising), student recitals, the usual Tuesday night gigs, and one or two Thriftdwellers shows sprinkled in for good measure. But playing in so many different projects can sometimes feel like working ten different part-time jobs: a never-ending list of scattered tasks to perform with little sense of focus or purpose.

I still really love what I do. I'm working on ways to continue enjoying it while leaving space for creativity and sanity. I have all kinds of music brewing inside, but I need to spend some time preparing myself and my space before I dive into new music. One approach that seems to be helping so far in 2018 is focusing on small tasks. Getting my car washed, organizing my work space, fixing little things that have been bugging me but that I've been too busy to get to, etc... It's kind of crazy how I get almost the same level of satisfaction and sense of accomplishment from going through a drawer and throwing away old documents as I get from writing a new song. 

Of course having complained about not enough focus, I can tell you that I'm going to be working on lots of different music in 2018. I intend to keep writing acoustic songs in the vein of my solo albums. Driveway Thriftdwellers will record our second album this spring. I'd like to write for groups I already play in like Five Points and The Civil Engineers. The Big Payback is starting up again after a little break, and I'd like to write for them again. I also want to work on something entirely new. Something direct, dark, and primal. I don't know exactly what yet, but I can feel it in there.

God, I also need to get outside. Rain be damned, I might go for a walk today. Then, back to the ol' to-do list.

11-6-17 

I'm excited to share the artwork and track listing for my solo album!
 

Making Home 
Coming December 13

1. Deep Runs the Well
2. Dumb Tragedy 
3. What Would Love Say? 
4. Thirty 
5. Fender Princeton Reverb 
6. Old Mercury 
7. Stranger Without You 
8. The Rain Upon the River 
9. Don’t Talk to Me 
10. From Home to the Heartland 
11. Making Home 

These songs were written in the 2015-2017 timeframe, with “From Home to the Heartland” being the earliest and “Making Home” the most recent. The album deals with relationships, politics, and personal hang ups. It was made at home.

CD release party Wednesday, December 13
Mason Lounge, 416 S Park St. 
Free show

I'm going to do what I can to make this a really cool and special night of music. More details coming soon!

Dumb Tragedy 

New single out today!

"Dumb Tragedy" is a vision of a world where there are only two people. At first, they cooperate. They are able to share resources and responsibilities. But as time goes by, each becomes more stubborn and set in their ways. Because the population is only two, each person represents the moderate and the extreme in every position they take. A divide opens between the two, and it grows wider with each passing year. The planet hurtles into oblivion while the two lonely armies wage their wars.

10-4-17 

October is here! I've got a very exciting and eclectic month in the works. Apart from the usual Tuesday night gigs at the Mason Lounge, here's what I've got cooking:

On Friday, October 6, I will release the first song from my new solo album, Making Home. The song is called "Deep Runs the Well," and it will be on my Bandcamp and Soundcloud pages. I'm going to be releasing songs every Friday in October to lead up to a November album release. I'm bursting at the seams with this new album- I can't wait for people to hear it! I'm just finishing up some details, and I'll post cover art and track listing very soon.

The Civil Engineers are pleased to be playing D14 Brewery's 3rd anniversary on Saturday, October 7. Specialty beer releases and re-releases will be on tap for the occasion.

Driveway Thriftdwellers return to Club Garibaldi in Milwaukee on Friday, October 13. We had a great time playing here earlier this year, and we're happy to be back. Opening for the Zach Pietrini Band. 

I'm pulling double duty on Saturday, October 28. The Civil Engineers will play during the day for Octopi Brewing's anniversary party. We're the go-to brewery anniversary party band! That night, I'm going to be playing in a No Doubt cover band for Freakin' Halloweekend at the High Noon Saloon! After weeks of debate, we've settled on calling ourselves Glow Doubt. There will be day-glo. There will be glow sticks. There will be costumes, and maybe even some antics. It's going to be a party.

That's it for now. Stay safe, eat something homemade, and enjoy autumn while it's here.

The challenge of slowing down 

Hello readers and listeners,

Whoa! It's been a while. I'll jump right into it...

I am currently up to my ears in a new solo album. It's going to be called Making Home. I realized that my last solo acoustic efforts (Raven Steals the Moon and The Bleak, Barbarian Pines) are getting to be three years old! It doesn't seem like that long ago, but the calendar doesn't lie. I didn't really intend to have such a break between releases, but I got pretty busy with other musical projects for a while there. In fact, when I look at it now, I realize that since those solo releases, I have contributed original material to four full-length albums, two EPs, and one compilation CD. Not to make excuses, but I feel like that's a pretty legit reason to put the acoustic solo stuff on the back burner.

But that is changing! Making Home is going to pick up right where the solo EPs left off. Because I blew a lot of my budget on recording albums for various bands last year, I'm doing as much of this one by myself as possible. Like Raven and Pines, this album is being recorded with gear that I own or borrowed. I'm tracking myself and I'm going to attempt to mix it by myself as well. I have 11 songs lined up. I might use all of them, but I also might cut one or two and save them for later. 

 

Fiddling with lyrics 

 

Ok, let's talk timeline. So, I always get really impatient at this stage of the process. I've been sitting on this music for years (in the case of a couple songs), and all I want to do is finish it up and get it out there. But I'm finding that I really need to resist that temptation. I'm at the tail end of the tracking stage and the beginning of the mixing stage. Now is when I actually need to slow down. The more care I can put into every stage of the process, the better the whole thing is going to be. I also find this part of the whole process to be the funnest. So I'm going to try to allow myself to actually have fun and let this music come together in a natural way.

I had a thought this morning. If I give myself the rest of September to finish up the creative work for the album, I'll be in good shape. That means getting the music completely finished, as well as working on artwork, layout, revamping the website, and getting my whole social media game up-to-date and snappy. I can spend the beginning of October getting physical CDs made, jumping through all the hoops to get my music into all the online places it needs to be these days, and maybe making a little noise to try to get some press. So I'm looking at a late October or early November release. That's not too close to the holidays, and it still counts as a 2017 release, which is important to me.

I will say that the overall quality is a step up from the 2014 EPs in every way. It might not be George Martin in Abbey Road, but I think it's pretty good for what it is. I'm getting better and better at every step of the process- from the songwriting to the recording to the post-production. If you liked my previous solo efforts, I think you're going to like Making Home!

 

Over and out,

Kyle

Upcoming Gigs

Date Event Location
Five Points Jazz Collective The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin
Driveway Thriftdwellers @ Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, Fond du Lac, WI Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, Fond du Lac, WI
Five Points Jazz Collective The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin
Thriftfest Linneman's Riverwest Inn, Milwaukee, WI Linneman's Riverwest Inn, Milwaukee, WI
Five Points Jazz Collective The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin
Five Points Jazz Collective The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin
Kyle Rightley Band @ The Frequency The Frequency, Madison, WI The Frequency, Madison, WI
Five Points Jazz Collective The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin
Five Points Jazz Collective The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin
The Civil Engineers @ Crystal Corner Bar Crystal Corner Bar, Madison, WI Crystal Corner Bar, Madison, WI
Five Points Jazz Collective The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin
Five Points Jazz Collective The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin
Five Points Jazz Collective The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin
The Big Payback @ Rockin' for a Cure Wyndham Hotel, Fitchburg, WI Wyndham Hotel, Fitchburg, WI
Five Points Jazz Collective The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin
Five Points Jazz Collective The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin
Five Points Jazz Collective The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin
Five Points Jazz Collective The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin
Five Points Jazz Collective The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin
Five Points Jazz Collective The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin