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The artist behind "Audrianna" 

I've finally met the artist who inspired me to write "Audrianna!"

Those of you who have seen one of my solo shows have probably heard the story of the song that was based on a painting I saw at Art Fair on the Square. In a blog post I wrote last year, I had this to say about it:
 
"One painting immediately drew my eye. It depicted several children flying through the sky on a magic carpet. One girl stood bravely at the "bow" of the carpet, apparently navigating through the ethereal landscape. The image stuck in my mind, and inspired my new song's protagonist a few days later. If I would have known the painting would spark a song, I would have remembered the artist's name. As it is, I have only my memory of the image. Thank you, anonymous collaborator!"

Well, Elizabeth and I went back to the Art Fair on the Square this year with the hope of finding this person. Not every artist comes back every year, and we were starting to lose hope after our initial sweep of the exhibits. But when we were about to give up, we came across a booth with a familiar style. We were in luck! 

It turns out that "anonymous collaborator" is actually Sarah Kaufman, a wonderfully talented painter from Nashville, Tennessee. We asked her about the painting in question. It had been sold to some lucky soul, but it was printed in a children's book Sarah had recently published. 
That's it on the left page. The children are actually on a flying leaf, but my memory had turned it into a magic carpet. 

As if it wasn't enough to inspire a song, Sarah generously gave me a copy of her children's book, The Circus. I will treasure it! She has several images up on her website here. I recommend you check it out.

Thanks for the inspiration and the book, Sarah! I'll keep an eye out for you at future art fairs.

Kyle
 

7-7-15 

Hey all,

I've been up to all kinds of trouble lately! After a busy weekend of gigs and complicated logistics, I'm sitting down to catch my breath and give you some updates.

The new Telecaster performed admirably at both the Driveway Thriftdwellers' show at Summerfest and the opening set of The Big Payback's show up north*. The guitar is awesome in so many ways. It plays well and has a great tone that can cut through anything, but it's the little things I really notice for some reason. It stays in tune no matter how much I bend strings. The volume knob is smooth and doesn't crackle, so I can actually do volume swells. Both pickups have equal output. 

I still prefer the warmer sound of my PRS for most Big Payback songs, but the Tele is going to be a workhorse for the Thriftdwellers and future solo ventures. Behold its glory:

In other news, I am busy working on my first commissioned piece of music. I am writing a song to be performed by the Madison College Big Band for Diabetes Awareness Day in November. It will feature a singer with big band accompaniment, and the lyrics will deal with diabetes awareness, prevention, and management. Those are some pretty specific requirements, so I'm giving myself plenty of time to work on it. I've never done this kind of thing before, and I shudder to think of putting it off until the last minute. I have about 3 months until the final draft is due, and I'm working on it bit by bit whenever I get a chance.

I also continue to add to my acoustic solo repertoire. My plan is to stockpile material until I feel I have a full album's worth. I plan on booking some gigs pretty soon. I have also been getting a couple conversations going with other musicians about collaborating on my solo material. We'll see where this ends up!

In the jazz world, I'll be playing the usual Five Points gig tonight as well as a gig with Charlie Painter and Friends at Merchant this Thursday. We're adding Chick Corea's "Spain" for tonight, and it's kicking my ass so far. I'll take another stab at it before the show.

Alright, that's all I got for now. I'll catch you further on down the trail.

Kyle

*"Up north" is a geographical term used by Wisconsinites. We think of everything north of us as one place.

6-24-15 

It's been a busy week for gigs! The weekend started with a Driveway Thriftdwellers gig in Wausau.

We particularly enjoyed the drunk sound enthusiast who spent 10 minutes fiddling with the knobs on the bass amp at this gig. But overall, it was a very fun night. The next day, we ended up even farther north, in Minocqua.

It's always fun to play at the Minocqua Brewing Company, and we had a fantastic and supportive crowd! We even had time to enjoy the nice weather on the dock before the show.


Finally, I played a solo acoustic show on Sunday for part of Make Music Madison. 

Again, the weather was nice and the crowd appreciative. I also met some other local musicians- always a good thing!
 

6-2-15 


Driveway Thriftdwellers bring their brand of alt country to Racine. I love playing with this group, and this is a FREE show!

Friday, June 12 9:00 pm
George's Tavern
1201 N Main st
Racine, WI

Upcoming Gigs

Date Event Location
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
Five Points Jazz Collective The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin