||“Ken Burns and I travel all over the United States. After hearing your performance, we turned to each other and agreed that we had witnessed something amazing.” Paula Kerger, President of PBS.
“Dillingham can bewitch and conjure a range of emotions from his violin... The music becomes the most intriguing and seductive aspect of the production.” Dillingham's solo performance in Phra Lor at Bangkok's Patravadi Theater. The Bangkok Post.
Get ready for a high energy, uplifting musical experience that blends captivating virtuosity and heartfelt sincerity. With an eclectic musical style ranging from Blues to Bluegrass, Gypsy Jazz to Western Swing, Country, Rock and Gospel, Horseshoe Road blends them into an earthy genre of music they call, Heartland Acoustic. Full of surprises, the group's passion for music can be seen in their performance.
Horseshoe Road is the 2011 International Acoustic Music Award winner in the Bluegrass/Country category.
In 2008, Horseshoe Road completed a U.S. Embassy sponsored tour of Thailand, which commemorated the 175th anniversary of relations between the United States of America and the Kingdom of Thailand. It was the first time an American band had ever performed in four of the five cities they toured.
They celebrated Oklahoma's centennial internationally through their performances with a tour of Japan and Thailand. They also filmed a documentary of this tour as an official OK Centennial Project, and performed 32 shows at the 2000 Oklahoma State Fair Centennial Expo at the Oklahoman Stage.
Opening for the Oak Ridge Boys was one of the many highlights of 2012, as well as the Charlie Daniels Band in 2013. Kyle and Horseshoe Road were selected by the U.S. State Department for a month-long world tour through Taiwan, South Korea, Burma and Russia as part of their American Music Abroad program. Out of 300 bands nationwide, Horseshoe Road was one of 12 chosen for the 2012-2013 season.
In 2014, Kyle and Horseshoe Road completed a 16-day tour through Liberia, which included a performance for the president of Liberia. 2015 began with a fiery performance at the Oklahoma Governor's Inaugural Ball.
Kyle Dillingham, of Oklahoma City, started playing the violin when he was nine and received his bachelor's degree in instrumental music performance from Oklahoma City University where he also worked on staff for 3 years as Ambassador. He is an Oklahoma Creativity Ambassador and was a 2009 recipient of the Oklahoma Governor's Art's Award. Kyle also works as the Musical Ambassador in Residence at the University of Central Oklahoma, using his "musical diplomacy" to help develop and strengthen new overseas partnerships for the university.
While still in high school, Kyle was featured with Roy Clarke and twice on Nashville's Grand Ole Opry. He later toured with western-swing legend, Hank Thompson. He has performed for the King of Malaysia, the Princess of Thailand, Singapore's National Day Celebration, and his performance at the Beijing Central Conservatory was broadcast on Chinese national television. A frequent visitor to Washington D.C, he has performed for the Japanese, Thai and Saudi Arabian Ambassadors, to name a few. Kyle has taken his music to over 30 countries earning him the title of "Oklahoma's Musical Ambassador."
Kyle is one of the Journal Record's Achievers under 40; an elite list of selected young Oklahoman's making a difference in our state. He is also one of OKC Biz and Oklahoma Magazine's Top 40 Under 40, and the Edmond Sun's Business Times named Kyle one of their Top 20 Under 40.
Collaborating with Edmond composer, Callen Clarke, Kyle has championed the premiere of eight new works with symphony orchestra in the last 5 years as a part of their project: SymphonicRevival.com. He has been soloist with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra, the Amici New York Orchestra, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Enid Symphony Orchestra, the Oklahoma City University Orchestra, the UCO Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra and the Oklahoma Community Orchestra. Kyle is proud to be playing Glasser Bows exclusively.