However, writing and recording the follow up, “I found myself writing songs ‘for the sake of’ another album as opposed to ‘from the heart’ and trying to capture the ‘energy’ of a live show in a recording, instead of trying to make something ‘beautiful,’” Ben explains.
So in 2011, after three years in the studio, he scrapped the material and began anew. The result is his most personal album to date – tackling his demons head on, he confronts the challenges of having a career and a family.
“I discovered that I wasn’t interested in ‘making it’ as an artist if that meant not ‘being there’ as a dad.”
Writing from the heart brought vulnerability to “this quieter, more intimate collection” including “a love-letter tune called ‘Minneapolis,’ and true to the stereotypes of his native land, this one’s a real gusher of poetry and emotion.” (-Star Tribune) The album also highlights his biggest asset, “There’s a reason he’s sang with the likes of Ryan Adams and Dan Wilson in the past, and that voice is front and center on the new album’s sparse but spritely arrangements.” ( – City Pages).
With the decision to release the album as self-titled, he clarifies to MPR’s blog The Local Current in a recent interview, “I was thinking about sort of going with Ben Kyle & Romantica or something, and then I realized, what I’m doing is I’m trying to compromise these two ideas and not let go of Romantica and sort of also suggest this is a personal venture. And I realized I need to choose.”
But, Ben hasn’t cut ties with Romantica completely as his friends/cohorts Ryan Lovan, Tony Zaccardi, Luke Jacobs, Dave Strahan, Jayanthi Kyle accompany him on the solo debut as well as Aaron Fabbrini, Eric Heywood (Ray LaMontagne), Jessy Greene (Foo Fighters) and JT Bates. Ben also reconnects with his duet partner Carrie Rodriguez from 2011’s critically acclaimed We Still Love Our Country.
Tour dates TBA. For further information, please visit: http://www.benkyle.com