Wednesday, May 20, 2020
– Turnpike Troubadours fiddler Kyle Nix will release his debut solo album "Lightning on the Mountain & Other Short Stories" on June 26.
Nix crafted a western-inspired collection of literary songs, which tell stories from Nix's own history as well as many of the unique characters he "may or may not have encountered" throughout his years on the road. Nix was backed on the album by many of his Turnpike bandmates. "Blue Eyes" is the first single.
"I've really gotten into short stories these past few years," said Nix. "You have to sum your ideas up quicker- really trim the fat. I like what they do."
As a result, he treated his album as a series of short stories; all encompassed by a Spaghetti Western theme. "I'm into Ennio Morricone. He composed a ton of classic western soundtracks. On the record I applied the 'spaghetti western' theme with instrumentals to imply a front cover, a back cover and picture pages... a short story collection."
The stories on Lightning On The Mountain & Other Short Stories range from shoot-outs in Michigan ("Wolf At the Door"), to love-sick ballads of the south ("Sweet Delta Rose"). The album was recorded and co-produced by Wes Sharon (John Fulbright, Parker Milsap, Turnpike Troubadours) in Norman, Okla., and also features special guest musicians Ian Moore, Byron Berline, Kevin Foster (Jason Eady, Sunny Sweeny) and Dan Walker (Ann Wilson, Heart).
Originally from Perry, Okla., Nix grew up surrounded by musical instruments. His grandfather was a carpenter and part-time fiddle maker. "As a kid, the fiddles were off limits because they were breakable, delicate," said Nix. "That just made me want to mess with them more."
Eventually, though, he got his hands on the instrument and began taking lessons in Enid, Okla. from bluegrass fiddler Shirley Landrum. "I was lucky that my parents were willing to drive me around to lessons and bluegrass festivals," says Nix. "It really helped fan the flame."