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Solo Songs

Photos 

Vonnie Kyle Promo Photo 1

Photo Credit:
David Badstubner

Vonnie Kyle - side gaze

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David Badstubner

Vonnie Kyle - ballons on couch

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David Badstubner

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Photo Credit:
David Badstubner

Bio

Vonnie Kyle’s latest album, Imperfect Parts, documents a transformative three-year journey during which the Portland, Oregon-based artist made some painfully complex decisions, and bravely emerged to embrace self-love and true romantic love. The 10-song album is a thrilling mix of vulnerable self-disclosure and visceral, hook-laden alt-rock.

 

“I make it a goal when I write my songs to engage with those who might have similar experiences,” Kyle reveals. “This record addresses my past faults and traumas in ways I feel a lot of other people can relate to. It’s about processing the pain, but also learning to heal and accept that I will always be an extremely flawed person who, no matter what, still deserves to be loved.”

Kyle’s forthcoming, genre hybrid of a record boasts a program of diverse songs that sound cohesive because of the well-defined artistic identity of its creator. Her prismatic musicality is influenced by Sleater-Kinney, Jenny Lewis, and St. Vincent—artists whose hooks are as distinct and strong as their musical identities. In addition, Kyle’s personal and artistic outlook has been shaped by the places she’s lived. She was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and spent a formative time as an adult in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“When I think of my old life in Minneapolis, I think about riding my single-speed bike to bars to see shows that ranged from rock, to hip-hop, to folk-pop to metal,” she details. After Minneapolis, Kyle spent time in Santa Fe where she wrote most of the songs that appear on Imperfect Parts. Vonnie continues: “I think the beauty of New Mexico heavily influenced my lyric writing, but a lot of the music comes from the person who wanted to play noisy pop songs in a noisy city.”

 

Since 2013, Kyle has released three EPs and emerged a successful touring artist who began making a name for herself playing DIY and taproom gigs, and selling burned CDs out of a suitcase. During her time living in Santa Fe, she released an EP under the pseudonym Ten Ten Division. Prior to her solo career, Kyle performed in the Minneapolis band Skittish and was featured on their 2010 double-record release.

 

Imperfect Parts was written while Kyle was retreating from the music career grind, and reassessing her path in life. Kyle and her fiancé, at time, decided on a clean-slate beginning in Santa Fe. However, their marriage was short lived, and with that rupture came some serious soul searching. Thematically, Imperfect Parts spans the unraveling of that relationship, the self-questioning that came in the wake of the divorce, and, ultimately, the healing that has brought Kyle back to centered and joyful living.

 

The first single, The Brink of Breaking Down, is artfully aggressive, recalling snarling, 1980s pop-rock and the jagged riffs of My Chemical Romance. The song bursts with pent-up longing; that kind of feeling you have when your life slows down so much that your past desires float to the surface and drive you mad. The lyrics on “The Brink of Breaking Down” are desperately poetic. One choice bit is: I’d have to pull apart my wings/To keep me grounded in this ring/And read a novel every day/To pull me from the brink of breaking down.

Venues Played

 

Meow Wolf

Santa Fe, NM

Rufina Taproom

Santa Fe, NM

Tumbleroot

Santa Fe, NM

Ghost

Santa Fe, NM

Draft Station

Santa Fe, NM

 

Zephyr

Santa Fe, NM

 

Boxcar

Santa Fe, NM

Leaf and Hive

Santa Fe, NM

Chili Line Brewing

Santa Fe, NM

 

The Skillet

Las Vegas, NM
 

Borracho's

Las Vegas, NM

Santa Fe Railyard

Santa Fe, NM

Cowgirl

Santa Fe, NM

Sister Bar

Albuquerque, NM

Launchpad

Albuquerque, NM

Marble Brewing

Albuquerque, NM

The Tannex

Albuquerque, NM

Inside Out

Albuquerque, NM

Taos Mesa Taproom

Taos, NM

Black Cock Brewery

Roswell, NM

Seventh Circle Music Collective

Denver, CO

Skylark

Denver, CO

Mercury Cafe

Denver, CO

Longtucky Spirits

Longmont, CO

St. Vrain Cidery

Longmont, CO

Still Cellars

Longmont, CO

The Laughing Goat

Boulder, CO

Riff Raff Brewing

Pagosa Springs, CO

Pageturners

Omaha, NE

B. Bar

Omaha, NE

Zoo Bar

Lincoln, NE

Duffy's Tavern

Lincoln, NE

Hogan Bros.

Northfield, MN

The Contented Cow

Northfield, MN

The Key

Northfield, MN

The Music Space of Owatanna

Owatanna, MN

331 Club

Minneapolis, MN

7th Street Entry

Minneapolis, MN

Cause

Minneapolis, MN

The Warming House

Minneapolis, MN

The Turf Club

St. Paul, MN

Harriet Brewing

Minneapolis, MN

Mortimer's

Minneapolis, MN

Day Block Brewing

Minneapolis, MN

Modist Brewing

Minneapolis, MN

The Cabooze

Minneapolis, MN

The Eagles Club 34

Minneapolis, MN

The Hexagon Bar

Minneapolis, MN

Nomad Pub

Minneapolis, MN

The Amsterdam

Minneapolis, MN

Triple Rock

Minneapolis, MN

Station 4

St. Paul, MN

Hell's Kitchen

Minneapolis, MN

Honey

Minneapolis, MN

Acadia Cafe

Minneapolis, MN

Riverview Cafe

Minneapolis, MN

Barfly

Minneapolis, MN

Kitty Cat Klub

Minneapolis, MN

Mears Park

St. Paul, MN

Blush

Duluth, MN

Beaner's Central

Duluth, MN

Core Public House

Hot Springs, AR

Fassler Hall

Little Rock, AR

Hole in the Wall

Austin, TX

The Amp Room

San Antonio, TX

Whittier Bar

Tulsa, OK