Singer/songwriter Kyle Park comes to Schroeder Dance Hall
By by camille m. firstname.lastname@example.org
Nov. 16, 2011 at 5:16 a.m.
Kyle Park discovered at age 14 that he wanted to perform, and that's when he traded in his baseball mitt for a guitar pick.
He received confirmation he made the right decision after a gig at the "Blue Light Live" bar in Lubbock.
"This is better than any 9-to-5 gig I could ever have," he said.
Park said he realized after he left the Lubbock bar, he could afford to pay his band and have some change for himself.
But, the 26-year-old Leander native said connecting with fans motivates him more than money.
One of his favorite ballads, "Yours & Mine," has become a proposal anthem with country music lovers.
With lyrics that say, "You can say that you would fly to the moon just to prove that you love me, I'd gather up the stars to put 'em in your hands," it's easy to understand why Park has a huge fan base of men and women.
He said he loves writing love songs.
On Wednesday, the San Marcos-based artist will hit the stage at Schroeder Hall.
He and owner Sharon Kleinecke are equally excited to see each other. Park has come to the Goliad-area dance hall for the last three years on the day before Thanksgiving.
"He (Park) sells out every year," Kleinecke said. "We're just happy he comes to the hall."
Kleinecke said she remembers Park as an up-and-coming artist who opened for other musical acts.
Park has performed with or opened for Willie Nelson, Gary Allan, Jack Ingram and Clint Black, and now he's a headliner.
The two have developed a personal and professional relationship through time.
Park calls Sharon's husband, Jack Kleinecke, every year on their shared July 8 birthday.
Kleinecke makes a home-cooked meal for the artists. "They like my peach cobbler," she said.
Park agreed. He also can't wait to have her King Ranch casserole.
The day after his performance, Park will be carving a turkey with family and friends. He's a self-professed food lover.
He is the son of Terri Park and the late Cecil Park, and has one brother, Clint Park. The two brothers are five years apart and live totally opposite lifestyles.
The older sibling has a family and a business. Kyle is a single road-warrior.
"He's up all day and I'm up all night," said the independent musician. He added they live vicariously through each other.
This year, Park played at the Ziegfest in College Station and Yorktown and had a blast because of the large, excited crowd. It was an added bonus, being able to watch his friends perform on stage.
The Texas music circuit is unique, Park said, because so many artists write their own music. He said he's inspired by loved ones and his own experience.
Park said some of his musical influences include Metallica, Eric Clapton, George Strait, Chris LeDoux and Mark Chesnutt.
His music touches lives of fans across the Atlantic in Europe. The "Fall EP" album, which was released in September 2010, was an iTunes Top Country Records and on the Billboard charts.
Park said he was humbled to see 8,000 people at his concert in France, sitting on lawn chairs enjoying his Texas roots music. He said that French fans waited until the songs were over until they applaud, instead of cheering along as the he sang the songs.
"It's one of the most respectful audiences you've ever seen," he said.
Park said his five-member band does 175 shows a year and 130 of them are in Texas. Regardless of where is, he said, he appreciates his fans.
"They're the ones who make my dreams come true," he said.