Kyle Hollingsworth to Release New Album, Then There's Now

For more than a decade, as keyboardist for Colorado's beloved String Cheese Incident, Kyle Hollingsworth has consistently proven one of the most innovative and virtuosic musicians on the American jamband scene. Now, with the Sept. 15th release of Then There's Now (SCI Fidelity Records), his first album since the band announced a hiatus in 2007, Hollingsworth extends his reach into areas that will both delight longtime admirers and lock in countless new ones. Emphasizing his considerable songwriting skills and incorporating a plethora of surprises, Then There's Now marks the true emergence of Kyle Hollingsworth as a solo artist.

kyleFor Hollingsworth, who has recently been more prolific than ever before, the title of Then There's Now offers the first clue as to where he stands today. Then There's Now undeniably draws on Hollingsworth's past affiliation with "The Cheese," using his previous work as a jumping off point-yes, there are some intoxicating, if more concise, jams to be savored. But the album's "now" component-irresistible melodies, poignant lyrics and fine-tuned song construction, plus a willingness to infuse the tunes with elements of pop, jazz, electronica, hip-hop and more-transports Hollingsworth into musical realms he's never before explored at length.

Look for Hollingsworth on tour this fall in support of Then There's Now.  Tour dates to be announced soon.

Then There's Now
Release Date:  September 15, 2009

Track Listing
1. Way That It Goes 3:41
2. She  3:53
3. Piece of Mine  4:22
4. Phat Cat  4:33
5. Don't Wake Me  5:08
6. All I Need  2:25
7. Wide Open  5:53
8. Too Young  3:57
9. All Inside  5:22
*Bonus Track* 
10. On Fire   5:41 
Additional Bonus Content on Enhanced CD

  • Phat Cat w/Speech (Arrested Development), Lo-Fi
  • Looking Out
  • Drops
  • Fire Intro

Additional Bonus Content on iTunes

  • Phat Cat w/Speech (Arrested Development), Hi-Fi
  • Video for Phat Cat w/Speech (Arrested Development), Hi-Fi

Porter Batiste Stoltz ft. Kyle Hollingsworth @ Boulder Theater

Kyle will join Porter Batiste Stoltz | photo by Tim Hurley- for the Grateful Web

Known for creating some of the funkiest music on the scene, Porter Batiste Stoltz is comprised of three outstanding individual musicians who together always put the music – no, the groove – first.  George Porter Jr., Russell Batiste Jr., and Brian Stoltz are part of the rich history that is New Orleans' musical ancestry and this March, PBS will be bringing their NOLA funk show to Boulder Theater.  Master keys player Kyle Hollingsworth (The String Cheese Incident) will be joining PBS so the funk grows on.

Porter Batiste Stoltz are celebrating the success of their first-ever live release MOODOO, which hit streets in the fall of 2008.  Offbeat Magazine named MOODOO one of their Top 10 albums of 2008 and Creative Loafing calls the tunes "fresh and full of energy."  The album features special guest keyboardist Page McConnell (Phish) sitting in on select songs.  The recording offers highlights from an epic November 2, 2007 gig at Burlington, Vermont's Club Metronome, where McConnell joined PBS on stage for part of their performance. Documentation of the evening had been highly sought after by fan communities, yet there had been no known recordings of the show – until its release.

Radio 1190's Krewe de Louisianne presents
Wednesday, March 18
doors 8:00pm, show 9:00pm

Boulder Theater
2032 14th Street
Boulder, CO 80302

Kyle Hollingsworth Band Announces Front Range Run

photo by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

Ever the inventor, Kyle Hollingsworth has put together a group of Colorado's favorite musicians for a run of shows on the Front Range to celebrate the Leap Year 2008.  Featuring Ross Martin, Matt Spencer and Dave Watts of The Motet, who appeared on Hollingsworth's acclaimed solo release, Never Odd Or Even, the Kyle Hollingsworth Band will also include Boulder favorite Liza Oxnard and vocalist Jans Ingber.  A reunion of some of Boulder's best musicians, this will be their first performance together since the last leap year.

Expect the funky sounds that Hollingsworth is known for, as well as world beat influences and DJ turntables to mix it up.  Hollingsworth will debut some new material and bring out some old favorites from his years with The String Cheese Incident.  It's a new year with exciting possibilities - don't miss what the Kyle Hollingsworth Band has in store!

Thursday, February 28th @ 9:00pm (Doors @ 8:00pm)

Hodi's Half Note

With The Liza Band supporting

167 North College Avenue, Fort Collins

Tickets $12.00 adv, $15.00 dos for 21+, $18.00 dos for 21- / Ages TBA

For more information please contact 970-472-2034

Friday, February 29 th @ TBA

Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom

With The Liza Band supporting

2637 Welton Street, Denver

Tickets TBA / Ages TBA

For more information please contact 303-297-1772

Saturday, March 1st @ 9:00pm (Doors @ 8:30pm)

Fox Theatre

With The Liza Band supporting

1135 13th Street, Boulder

Tickets $13.00 adv $15.00 dos / Ages 21+ Welcome

For more information please contact 303-443-3399

Kyle Hollingsworth Shows His "Soulside”

photo(s) by Tim Hurley- for the Grateful Web

With the end of the String Cheese Incident looming, keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth debuted yet another side project aptly called soulside.  Of all his collaborations, this one might seem like the most odd of pairings:  Kyle, DJ Logic, and Speech of Arrested Development.  Flanked by Ryan Jalbert on guitar, Garrett Sayers on bass, and Damien Hines on drums, this new artist collective road tested their project last month in Colorado to much praise.

A solid two hundred fans shuffled into Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver and seemed very responsive to what they heard.  The band combined elements of jazz, funk, and hip-hop to comprise their sound, which was fresh and enthusiastic.

The evening was highlighted by Hollingsworth originals such as "Bam!", "Boo-Boo's Pikanic", and other tracks taken from his release Never Odd or Even.  With DJ Logic's accompanying turntables, these songs were played with less pop and more funk.

Not to be overshadowed by his counterparts, Speech brought along some of his catalog from Arrested Development.  The band breezed through soulful renditions of "Give a Man a Fish", "Mr. Wendel", and the Sly and the Family Stone inspired "People Everyday".

The group also paid homage to some of their musical favorites by covering a variety of artists, such as The Meters, Beck, and of course more Sly Stone.  The remaining portions of the performance were filled with silky improvisations, complete with freestyle poetry and trance rhythms.

It is not known whether or not soulside will continue beyond their short Colorado stint, however, Kyle hinted in a recent interview with that he would like to possibly get the group recorded:  "My record producer, Kevin Morris—the Director of Music at SCI Fidelity Records—is very interested in getting us into the studio and I'm really excited to do that, actually."

A handful of String Cheese dates remain before their final farewell at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado this August.  Consequently, each band member has been rallying their side projects together proving that you cannot keep a good musician down.  Billy continues to win over old-time bluegrass fans with Honkytonk Homeslice, Michael Travis and Jason Haan recently formed the experimental outfit EOTO, while Mike Kang and Keith Moseley work on their respective endeavors.

Yet with all of these post-Cheese enterprises in development, Kyle's work remains the most entertaining of the bunch.  He continues to piece together exceptional local and national musicians to perform high energy, improvisational rock backed by intelligent and earnest lyrics. It will certainly be interesting to see where Kyle takes his boundless body of work from here.

Kyle Hollingsworth Debuts soleside

photo C. Taylor Crothers 2001- for the Grateful Web

Kyle Hollingsworth  (The String Cheese Incident) steps out with his latest collaboration – soleside – which features Kyle, Speech (of Arrested Development) and DJ Logic. Backed by a full band, these three creative souls, seemingly worlds apart, will smash jazz/funk, hiphop and turntables into an explosive new music that defies categorization. Don't miss soleside's debut in Colorado this May.

Show details are as follows:

Thursday, May 17th @ 9:00pm (Doors @ 8:00pm)
Aggie Theatre
204 South College Avenue, Fort Collins
Tickets $15.00 adv $17.00 dos / All Ages Welcome
For more information please contact 970.482.8300

Friday, May 18 th @ 9:00pm (Doors @ 8:00pm)
Cervante's Masterpiece Ballroom
2637 Welton Street, Denver
Tickets $15.00 adv $17.00 dos / Ages 18+ Welcome
For more information please contact 303.297.1772

Saturday, May 19 th @ 9:00pm (Doors @ 8:30pm)
Fox Theatre
1135 13th Street, Boulder
Tickets $13.00 adv $15.00 dos / Ages 21+ Welcome
For more information please contact 303.443.3399

Kyle Hollingsworth is best known as keyboardist/singer/songwriter for independent music pioneers The String Cheese Incident – who after 14 years together, have recently announced that summer 2007 would be the group's last tour, at least for the foreseeable future.  Hollingsworth, a prolific musician who is well versed in many genres of music, is seizing the opportunity to explore news boundaries in music; and with a degree in jazz piano performance from Baltimore's Towson State University, a long history making music with rock/bluegrass band The String Cheese Incident, and a solo release that delves seamlessly into funk and acid jazz (Never Odd Or Even, 2004), Hollingsworth is already well on his way.

Kyle Hollingsworth & Friends Warm Up Denver

After the disclosure that String Cheese Incident founding member and guitarist Billy Nershi would be leaving the band this year, many fans were left to wonder what might become of the remaining band members.  Could they tour without Billy, or would this truly be the end of the Cheese? Likely it will spell the end for the popular jamband; however, the talent that each musician possesses will hopefully give way to new and exciting endeavors.

Most members of the band have already been experimenting with side projects and solo efforts.  Nershi collaborated with his wife Jillian to form Honkytonk Homeslice, drummer Michael Travis performs often with the improvisational outfit Zilla, and keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth released the well-received album Never Odd or Even in 2004.

Fresh off the announcement of The String Cheese Incident's final Winter Carnival at the Fillmore, Hollingsworth rallied his solo project band mates last Friday night for an intimate performance at Denver's own Cervantes Ballroom to prove that these guys are going to be all right in a post-Cheese world.

Though the audience was not as numerous and energetic as they would be at a SCI show, that did not undermine what was a superb evening full of rock, jazz, Latin, and funk inspired original and cover songs.  Kyle, along with supporting cast Ross Martin (guitar), Matt Spencer (bass), Dave Watts (drums), and Dominic Lalli (saxophone/drum machine) performed their first set with precision and vigor.

The aggressive, instrumental jazz compositions of "Merry Go Wrong" and "Play it Back" were integrated around the String Cheese favorites "Yo Se" and "Boo Boo's Pik-a-nic", as well as an exceptional cover of the Talking Heads tune "Crosseyed and Painless".  Hollingsworth has cited the Talking Heads as a major influence so it is no surprise that he and his band played this song so well.

Following a very short set break, the band returned to the stage to deliver two heavy funk tunes "The Crusade" and "Skin It Back", complete with jazz interludes similar to the style of The Greyboy AllStars or Tower of Power.  These songs led to the Kyle-penned "Don't Say", a song long played in the live SCI repertoire and recorded on Never Odd or Even.  It began slow and low, like a ballad sung by a heart-broken man, but then quickly changed gears into one of the hottest jams of the evening, clocking in at nearly ten minutes long.

Hollingsworth's pension for playing his influences and favorites continued as the band performed an excellent cover of Beck's "New Pollution", drawing exuberant cheers from the rollicking audience.  This gave way to the set closing rendition of "Bam!", also a String Cheese fan favorite.  Kyle was pounding away on his Hammond while his band helped lay down the funk.  An extended jam with "Shakedown Street" teases left the Colorado faithful reeling with excitement.

The band had time for two encore songs, the first being an excellent cover of George Porter, Jr.'s "Metered Man", which was proceeded by their version of the longtime SCI gem "Galactic", a feel-good instrumental tune that properly sent the audience home with smiles on their faces.

Overall, it was a very well performed show by all members of the ensemble, and gave fans a Cheese-tease for the upcoming Winter Carnival, which is no doubt going to be a serious party as the band prepares for their final run and for what lies ahead.  For Hollingsworth, it will likely be smooth sailing as he has continuously shown he has the skills to pay the bills.