PHILADELPHIA, PA – September 1, 2016 – WXPN, the nationally-recognized leader in Triple A music and non-commercial radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, named Kyle Craft as its September Artist To Watch.
Kyle Craft grew up in a tiny Louisiana town on the banks of the Mississippi. He’s not the born product of a musical family, and bands never came through town–it was only a chance trip to K-Mart that gave him his first album, a David Bowie hits compilation that helped inspire him eventually to channel his innate feral energy into songwriting and rock and roll. That self-made talent drives every note of Dolls of Highland, Craft’s exhilarating, fearless solo debut. “This album is the dark corner of a bar,” he says. “It’s that feeling at the end of the night when you’re confronted with ‘now what?’’” And then there’s Craft’s unforgettable voice – ”I’m fully aware that I have a very abrasive, very loud voice, but Bob Dylan is the one that taught me to embrace that,” says Craft. With those influences as inspiration, Craft’s talent and singular creativity move the conversation into new and unpredictable places. And no question, this album is very much about moving forward. “After everything fell apart, it didn’t take very long for me to learn who I was and what I should be doing,” says Craft. Kyle Craft was most recently seen on the Free At Noon stage on Friday, August 12th, and his performance was featured in an article on The Key, WXPN’s music blog (read more here: http://thekey.xpn.org/2016/08/12/free-noon-flashback-kyle-craft/).
“We’ve been playing the baroque-ish, Broadway-esque glam jam, ‘Eye of the Hurricane’ from Craft’s Sub Pop debut, Dolls Of Highland,” said Bruce Warren, Assistant General Manager of Programming. “Those of us who saw him play Free At Noon and his sold out show at Boot & Saddle were impressed with his live performance.”
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