A veteran of the folk scene, award winning songwriter Kyle Swartzwelder has been winning audiences over with his deft lyrical storytelling and dynamic live performances. His new record, "Canadian Pacific," will only serve to further this reputation. And if there were any questions about Kyle's diverse musical influences, these questions are quickly put to rest within the first few songs of the album. From the steady sparseness of "Right Here" to the traditional country feel of "Mexican Wine," listeners will find themselves immersed in a rich musical landscape. For his efforts on the "Canadian Pacific" record, Kyle was awarded the WSTW Homey Award for Best Folk Artist and nominated as the Artist of the Year.  

Kyle started out in the coffee shops around the University of Delaware with his father’s 1968 Ovation Balladeer. After several years of cultivating his songwriting, Kyle moved on to the folk clubs and coffeehouses in the Philadelphia region and quickly developed a reputation as a top-notch songwriter and performer. 2008 saw the release of Kyle’s first release, an eight song, self-titled record, on 13:13 Records. The record was greeted by rave reviews, being called “perfect” and a “polished gem,” and was even nominated as Best Album of the Year by 93.7 WSTW. WSTW also named Kyle the Best Male Artist of 2008.

Kyle’s music is recommended if you like – Lyle Lovett, Ryan Adams, Jeffrey Foucault, Josh Ritter, early Jackson Browne, early Neil Young.