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The FREE festival to take place Wednesday, June 12 at Myriad Botanical Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City

Kyle Dillingham has a remarkable heart for people, especially the people of Oklahoma City”- Mayor David Holt of Oklahoma City

Dillingham also wraps the 2018-2019 American Music Abroad program touring throughout Kuwait & Republic of Kosovo with major press coverage

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Americana music maestro Kyle Dillingham, known to many as Oklahoma’s Official Musical Ambassador, is once again earning his right to be referred to as such. The globe-trotting, fiddling maestro from Enid has announced his co-founding and launching of a FREE charitable music concert and festival in honor of the homeless on June 12, 6-9 pm at Myriad Botanical Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Spawned by a fortuitous Valentine’s Day encounter between Dillingham and Eddie Monarch, a homeless man in Oklahoma City, the festival is aptly named ‘Reddened Monarch Music Festival – Honoring OKC’s Homeless.’ The meeting left Dillingham inspired by Monarch’s idea of creating a music festival for the homeless, so he is making it a reality.

“Eddie told me, ‘You could put on a big concert downtown for all the homeless in OKC, and everyone else could come too. Then we would all be down there enjoying the music together,’ Dillingham commented on his encounter with Eddie Monarch. “That thought gave me chills, and I knew we had to do this. As Eddie walked away that day, he turned back around and said to me, ‘you know Kyle, you and I, we are already friends.’”

Once Dillingham began to pitch the idea of the festival’s creation, he quickly gained the support from Oklahoma City’s Mayor David Holt, whose office just recently announced the formation of the Mayor’s Task Force on Homelessness, charged with developing a new unified vision for OKC as it relates to this important issue. 

“Kyle Dillingham has a remarkable heart for people, especially the people of Oklahoma City,” said Mayor David Holt of Oklahoma City. “I am grateful for his vision in working with Eddie Monarch to launch this special new event.  I’m very supportive of the Reddened Monarch Music Festival and I’m excited for the support and awareness this will provide to the issue of homelessness in our community.”

Also stepping up to help make Reddened Monarch a reality is local music, marketing and event organization OKSessions, and community outreach organization the 405 Center, who together have helped secure additional talent for the festival’s diverse concert lineup. The Homeless AllianceCity Care and Frontline Church are also helping with the planning and preparation of the festival. 

Festival co-founder Kyle Dillingham along with Horseshoe Road band-mates Peter Markes and Brent Saulsbury, will headline the concert, with additional support from Will Carl GainesThe OddsJabee, and Jynxx. The 405 Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit community outreach organization, will serve as the festival’s primary beneficiary for donations, although admission to the family-friendly festival is FREE. Donations may be made via the Clover Give App [Click to donate].

A plated dinner will be served to all the homeless by volunteers, and food truck vendors will be on site for the general public.

“For me there is before June 12th when we have nothing in common with our friends living outside; but after June 12th, we will all have this shared experience that I hope can somehow bring us closer together,” said Dillingham. “Only music can do that!” 

Festival Details: 
What: Reddened Monarch Music Festival: A Music Festival honoring OKC’s Homeless
Who: Kyle Dillingham with Will Carl Gaines, The Odds, Jabee, and Jynxx. Plus, words from OKC Mayor David Holt.
When: Wednesday, June 12th, 6:00 – 9:00 pm CT
Where: Myriad Botanical Gardens (301 W. Reno Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73102)
Why: A benefit concert for the homeless, to bring about understanding and change for homelessness in Oklahoma City.
To Donate: [ click here ]

Event lineup: 
6:00 – Will Carl Gains Band
6:30 – Mayor David Holt of Oklahoma City
6:45 – The Odds
7:15 – Jabee
7:45 – Kyle Dillingham & Horseshoe Road
8:30 – Jynxx

More information is available online at OKsessions.com/redmonarch or at the Facebook event page.

Dillingham Wraps Tour of Kuwait & The Republic of Kosovo For American Music Abroad:
Dillingham recently returned from Kuwait and the Republic of Kosovo as part of the 2018-2019 American Music Abroad tour. Dillingham, along with bandmates Peter Markes (guitar) and Brent Saulsbury (bass), were selected from a pool of over 300 artists across the United States, and were one of only 15 participants in the annual program. The AMA tour raises Dillingham’s total number of international countries he’s performed in to 40. The program was organized by The Association of American Voices, and sponsored by The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Dillingham was featured and appeared in a number of major TV and press, including appearances on RTK Live [Click to watch], Prizren’s Klan Kosova TV [Click to watch], an editorial feature in Koha Ditore [Click to read], and an interview on Radio Kontakt Plus [Click to view].

“So much incredible programming by the two US Embassies on this tour,” said Dillingham. “We had a lot of interaction with young people, and we found ourselves often saying, ‘This is the kind of day that I would give up a day of my life and travel halfway around the world for.’”

Kyle Dillingham Events:
MAY 25 – Paseo Arts Festival at Paseo Arts District / Oklahoma City, Okla.
JUN 04 – Swamp House Tulsa / Tulsa, Okla.
JUN 05 – Tulsa Performing Arts Center / Tulsa, Okla.
JUN 12 – Reddened Monarch Music Festival @ Myriad Botanical Gardens / Oklahoma City, Okla.
JUN 18 – Healthy Living OKC / Oklahoma City, Okla.
JUL 18 – UCO Jazz Lab / Edmond, Okla.
For Kyle’s current performance schedule, please visit horseshoeroad.net/calendar.

About Kyle Dillingham:
Kyle Dillingham picked up the violin when he was nine, and eight years later, he gave two featured performances at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Kyle is now managed by legendary impresario, Jim Halsey, who has guided the careers of many great performers including Roy Clark, The Oak Ridge Boys and James Brown. Between Dillingham’s touching songwriting, classic covers and fiddlin’ favorites, he is sure to have audiences on their feet. Dillingham has represented America internationally in 40 countries, and is the youngest ever recipient of the distinguished Oklahoma Governor’s Arts Award, thus earning him the title of “Oklahoma’s Musical Ambassador.” He’s also performed for many governmental leaders including the Japanese, Thai and Saudi Arabian Ambassadors to the United States. Through his musical diplomacy, Dillingham has serenaded the King of Malaysia, the Princess of Thailand, and performed during Singapore’s National Day Celebration. His performance at the Beijing Central Conservatory was broadcast on Chinese national television. 

Dillingham has also been a 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.

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Kyle Dillingham with festival co-founder Eddie Monarch

Kyle Dillingham Media Contacts:
Jeremy Westby, [email protected], 833-537-2911 x800
Jason Ashcraft, [email protected], 833-537-2911 x801
Carol Matza, [email protected], 918-504-3255

Dillingham will be one of only fifteen participants, selected from a pool of over 300 artists by the U.S. Department of State sanctioned program

Photojournalist Luis Cáceres Álvarez recounts meeting Dillingham while in Lima, Peru, as featured in BBC News Mundo

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Americana fiddle maestro Kyle Dillingham is excited to announce he will be embarking on the 2018-2019 American Music Abroad tour, March 24 to April 9, venturing through Kuwait and the Republic of Kosovo. The globe-trotting Oklahoman musician was selected from a pool of over 300 artists, and will be one of only 15 participants in the annual program. Dillingham, along with his Horseshoe Road band-mates, will once again take his musical diplomacy overseas, raising the total number of international countries he’s performed in to 39. The tour is organized by The Association of American Voices, and is sponsored by The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

“Growing up in rural Oklahoma, I never imagined that I would ever have a chance to travel out of the country, but now I have these incredible opportunities to share my music and change lives all over the world – all while representing this great country we call The United States of America. What a humbling honor. This is now the second time I have been selected for AMA, and the sixth time I have officially represented the United States through government funded touring programs.”

The American Music Abroad program is designed to communicate America’s rich musical history as it fosters cross-cultural communication and people-to-people connection to global audiences. In cooperation with the U.S. Department of State, American Voices has arranged for Kyle Dillingham, a series of 2-week, multi-country cultural exchange programs in Kuwait and the Republic of Kosovo. This will include Dillingham giving public concerts, interactive performances with local traditional musicians, lecture demonstrations, workshops, jam sessions, and media interviews.

“Besides all of the important public cultural programming, I’m very excited to be providing entertainment for US Embassy Kuwait’s official US Independence Day Celebration (happening in March because it’s just too darn hot in July!). Also really looking forward to being a part of a concert in Kosovo celebrating International Roma Day. Believe it or not, but even “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” has been influenced by Roma culture and music!”

Photojournalist Luis Cáceres Álvarez recently recounted a meeting with Dillingham, while in Lima, Peru, in a recent feature for BBC News Mundo. (Click here to read)

Kyle “played for the first time Peruvian music between guitars, drawers, Czech and donkey jaw in La Catedral del Criollismo de Breña,” Luis explained. Kyle does not master Spanish very well, “but he spoke that universal language that is music.” 

“I believe that Music diplomacy is very important in our world today. And as I always say, we will be doing the best to do our part. Music changes lives; music changes everything; and it only takes a little.”

Kyle Dillingham On Tour:
MAR 15 – CHK Central Boathouse / Oklahoma City, Okla.
MAR 24 – APR 01 – American Music Abroad Tour / Kuwait
APR 02 – APR 09 – American Music Abroad Tour / Kosovo
APR 10 – Church of the Servant / Oklahoma City, Okla.
APR 12 – Venue 102 / Edmond, Okla.
APR 14 – Choctaw Road Baptist Church / Choctaw, Okla.
APR 23 – Festival Of The Arts at Bicentennial Park / Oklahoma City, Okla.
APR 26 – Hilton Garden Inn / Edmond, Okla.
APR 27 – TBA / Nashville, Tenn.
MAY 04 – Edmond Arts Festival / Edmond, Okla.
MAY 12 – Lawrence High School with Lawrence Community Orchestra / Lawrence, Kansas
MAY 25 – Paseo Arts Festival at Paseo Arts District / Oklahoma City, Okla.
JUN 05 – Tulsa Performing Arts Center / Tulsa, Okla.
JUN 18 – Healthy Living OKC / Oklahoma City, Okla.
For the most up-to-date performance schedule, please click here.

About Kyle Dillingham:
Kyle Dillingham picked up the violin when he was nine, and eight years later, he gave two featured performances at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Kyle is now managed by legendary impresario, Jim Halsey, who has guided the careers of many great performers including Roy Clark, The Oak Ridge Boys and James Brown. Between Dillingham’s touching songwriting, classic covers and fiddlin’ favorites, he is sure to have audiences on their feet. Dillingham has represented America internationally in 37 countries and is the youngest ever recipient of the distinguished Oklahoma Governor’s Arts Award, thus earning him the title of “Oklahoma’s Musical Ambassador.” He’s also performed for many governmental leaders including the Japanese, Thai and Saudi Arabian Ambassadors to the United States. Through his musical diplomacy, Dillingham has serenaded the King of Malaysia, the Princess of Thailand, and performed during Singapore’s National Day Celebration. His performance at the Beijing Central Conservatory was broadcast on Chinese national television. 

Dillingham has also been a 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.

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Kyle Dillingham Media Contacts:
Jeremy Westby, [email protected], 833-537-2911 x800
Jason Ashcraft, [email protected], 833-537-2911 x801
Carol Matza, [email protected], 918-504-3255

Dillingham reflects on the 10 year anniversary of his 2009 performance in Phra Lor with famed Thai director and actress, Patravadi Mejudhon

BANGKOK, Thailand. – Americana fiddle maestro and Oklahoma-native Kyle Dillingham returns to Thailand to once again perform in Phra Lor, an adapted theatrical musical production based on the popular historical Thai poem Lilit Phra Lor. The first live production will kick off January 11-13, 2019 at the Bangkok National Theater, with additional performances on January 18-19 at Vic Hua Hin in Prachuabkirikhan, Thailand. [To purchase tickets, please click here.]

“This is an incredible US diplomacy opportunity for me,” said Dillingham. “It’s a powerful experience for a Thai audience to witness an American performing all the beautiful and beloved classic Thai music.”

Lilit Phra Lor is regarded as one of the earliest works in Thai literature that depicts the tragedy of love, and the truth of life through beautiful poetic prose. In 1983, famed Thai Director and Actress, Patravadi Mejudhon, first adapted the poem into a stage drama. Then, in 2009, she revisited this literature again, but in the style of a contemporary musical play. The contemporary drama had ancient verse combined with new melodies and made the literature easy-to understand and fresh.

Dillingham first met Patravadi Mejudhon in 2008 while he was on tour in Thailand, sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok. After giving her a spirited performance with his famous fiddle, Mejudhon invited Dillingham to star in her 2009 production of Phra Lor, which was supported by the King and to be premiered for the princess of Thailand. The Bangkok Post raved about the performance, saying that “Dillingham can bewitch and conjure a range of emotions from his violin… The music becomes the most intriguing and seductive aspect of the production.”

“She told me that she had been looking for a violinist for about a year and had auditioned all the violinists in her country but could not find anybody to do what she was envisioning for the role,” said Dillingham.”She was just about to give up when we met!”

Now, in 2019, Lilit Phra Lor has once again been recreated in the style of poetry reading in both the Thai and English languages. Directed and performed again by Patravadi Mejudhon, the production will also include professional and international artists such as Keng – Tachaya Pratumwan, Leng – Rajanikara Kaewdee, and music composer Anant Narkkong. The costume designer is Somchai Kaewtong, the National Artist of Visual Arts (Fashion Design) in 2017.

“After becoming close friends, Patravadi confided in me that she never intended on using me in the show,” Dillingham admits. “She had imagined me developing the role and eventually using a Thai violinist in my place. But once the role was developed, she couldn’t find anybody to do what I had created. So now 10 years later…here I go again!”

Performances at National Theatre, Bangkok

  • Friday, January 11, 2019 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Performances at Vic Hua Hin, Prachuabkirikhan

  • Friday, January 18, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 8 p.m.

Kyle Dillingham Show Dates:
FEB 14 – CHK | Central Boathouse / Oklahoma City, Okla.
MAR 18 – APR 09 – American Music Abroad Tour to Kuwait & Kosovo
APR 10 – Church of the Servant / Oklahoma City, Okla.
APR 26 – Hilton Garden Inn / Edmond, Okla.
For more details on show dates, please click here.

About Kyle Dillingham:
Kyle Dillingham picked up the violin when he was nine, and eight years later, he gave two featured performances at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Kyle is now managed by legendary impresario, Jim Halsey, who has guided the careers of many great performers including Roy Clark, The Oak Ridge Boys and James Brown. Between Dillingham’s touching songwriting, classic covers and fiddlin favorites, he is sure to have audiences on their feet. Dillingham has represented America internationally in 37 countries and is the youngest ever recipient of the distinguished Oklahoma Governor’s Arts Award.

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Publicity contacts for Kyle Dillingham:
Jeremy Westby, [email protected], 833-537-2911 x800
Jason Ashcraft, [email protected], 833-537-2911 x801
Carol Matza, [email protected], 918-504-3255

The nine day Halloween themed festival will also feature the festival’s co-founder, Jim Halsey, as Grand Marshal of the Grand Parade on October 27

INDEPENDENCE, Kan. – The Neewollah Festival will celebrate its 60th Anniversary from October 19-27, in downtown Independence, Kansas. The famous nine day Halloween themed festival will feature live theatrical productions, concerts, three different parades, 5K/10K fun runs, pageants, a carnival, a chili cook off, vendors, food and more.

Neewollah was revived into a multi-day celebration in 1958 by legendary music impresario and Independence, Kansas native, Jim Halsey, along with Jerry Webb, Bob Wohltman, and Don Dancer. The first Neewollah celebration actually dates all the way back to 1919 as an effort to provide positive activities for kids of all ages in place of the typical Halloween pranks that occurred in the community. In the beginning the events centered on parades of decorated cars and carriages during the morning, afternoon, and night on October 31.

In 1981 HBO produced a music special from Neewollah – also organized by Jim Halsey, Sherman Halsey, and directed by award winner Marty Calliner – starring Roy Clark, Merle Haggard, Ronnie Milsap, Johnny Lee, Charlie Rich and Lacy J Dalton. Other stars that have headlined the festival over the years have been Don Williams, Mel Tillis, BJ Thomas, Roy Clark, Oak Ridge Boys, Reba McEntire, Ray Price, and The Bellamy Brothers.

Today, Neewollah is the largest annual celebration in Kansas. The city of Independence will grow from a town of just under 10,000 inhabitants to 75,000 in the final days of the now 10-day celebration. Today’s celebration now includes 3 parades, a Doo Dah Parade (adult Kiddie Parade), a Kiddies Parade and a Grand Parade. Other activities include a chili cook-off, a hometown musical, and a queen’s pageant also adds to the festival activities. The main downtown is filled with a variety of food vendors, a large carnival and bandstand for nightly entertainment. The arts and craft show, the band competition, and the fun run provide activities for everyone.

The Neewollah Festival will conclude on Saturday, October 27 with the Grand Parade, featuring the festival’s co-founder Jim Halsey as the Grand Marshal, followed by a concert that evening with iconic Country music star, Lee Greenwood, along with Americana performer Kyle Dillingham at Memorial Hall. This will mark Lee Greenwood’s third appearance at the Neewollah Festival.

Grammy award winner Lee Greenwood has more than 30 albums to his credit, seven #1 songs, 25 charted singles, and a CMA Song of the Year award in 1985 for his most recognizable, and patriotic song, “God Bless the USA.” Other hits from him include “It Turns Me Inside Out,” “ Ring on her Finger Time on her Hands,” “She’s Lying,” “ I Don’t Mind the Thorns if You’re the Rose,” “Dixie Road,” “Somebody’s Gonna Love You,” “Going, Going Gone,” “You Got a Good Love Comin,” “Fools Gold,” and “ Mornin’ Ride.”

Also joining on the stage that evening will be Oklahoma’s official musical ambassador and fiddle extraordinaire, Kyle Dillingham and his band, Horseshoe Road. Dillingham is a classically trained fiddle player who first picked up a violin when he was just nine years old. Eight years later, he gave two featured performances at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Together, Dillingham and his band have represented America internationally in 37 countries. More recently, Dillingham was selected by the U.S. Department of State to represent the United States internationally for their 2018-2019 American Music Abroad program. Additionally, he recently performed at the National Endowment for the Art’s National Heritage Fellowship Concert in Washington D.C. on September 28. This rare opportunity was a huge honor as Kyle Dillingham also paid homage to famed clothing designer, Manuel Cuevas at the ceremony. Kyle, who often wears suits designed by Manuel on stage has formed a friendship and deep respect for Manuel since their first visit together. On stage, Dillingham performs a mix of his band’s original songs, along with classic covers and fiddlin’ favorites that are sure to have audiences on their feet.

For more information, and to buy advance online tickets for the Neewollah Festival, visit www.neewollah.com or the festival’s Facebook Event Page. Help lines for online ticket sales is 620-330-6834 or 620-330-0675, and will be open from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm CT, Monday thru Friday.

About Neewollah Festival:
The Neewollah (“Halloween” spelled backwards) celebration began in 1919 as an effort to provide positive activities for kids of all ages in place of the typical Halloween pranks that occurred in the community of Independence, Kansas. In the beginning the events centered on parades, morning, afternoon, and night on October 31. The parades consisted mainly of decorated cars and carriages. Queens and princesses from area festivals rode in the parades, along with their own Queen Neelah who was selected based on votes bought at a penny each. The Great Depression and World War II interrupted the Neewollah celebration but in 1958 four businessmen revived and elaborated on the Neewollah theme bringing it back as a 3-day celebration featuring big-name music and recording stars

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Kyle Dillingham is excited to announce his appearance on WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour, the largest Folk and Roots broadcast in the world, will begin airing on Saturday, June 23 across the show’s entire broadcast affiliate network. For Dillingham’s home state listeners in Oklahoma, the broadcast will be aired on High Plains Public RadioKCCU, and KUCO.

 

WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour currently airs on 515 radio stations worldwide – including 173 countries internationally – along with every U.S. military base and Naval vessel around the world via the American Forces Radio Network. WoodSongs is both a radio and television production that fosters the comradery of both musicians and music lovers to celebrate the traditional American experience through song. The show’s television broadcast will be seen on RFD-TV, with the actual broadcast date being announced at a later time.

Dillingham will join a talented list of artists to have performed on Woodsongs, including: The Avett Brothers, John Oates, Emmylou Harris, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jewel, Melissa Etheredge, Norah Jones, Bela Fleck, Richie Havens, Lee Ann Womack, amongst others.

In addition, Dillingham’s broadcast will be used as a part of ‘WoodSongs in the Classroom’, a Music & Arts Education Project involving music, history, language arts and more designed to encourage community and creativity. WoodSongs is the only syndicated broadcast with such a heavy emphasis on education for middle, high school and college level studies.

Kyle Dillingham Show Dates:
JUN 23 Americana Fest @ American Banjo Museum / Oklahoma City, Okla.
JUL 06 Cafe Sole / Boulder, Colo.
JUL 09 Cuchara Community Center / Cuchara, Colo.
JUL 14 Tulsa Spotlight Theater / Tulsa, Okla.
JUL 19 Summer Sizzler at the UCO Jazz Lab / Edmond, Okla.
AUG 17 Levitt Pavilion Dayton / Dayton, Ohio
For more details on show dates, please click here.

About Kyle Dillingham:
Kyle Dillingham picked up the violin when he was nine, and eight years later, he gave two featured performances at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Kyle is now managed by legendary impresario, Jim Halsey, who has guided the careers of many great performers including Roy Clark, The Oak Ridge Boys and James Brown. On stage, Horseshoe Road performs a mix of band originals, classic covers and fiddlin favorites that are sure to have audiences on their feet. Together, they have represented America internationally in 37 countries, energizing audiences everywhere they go.

About Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour:
The WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour is an ALL VOLUNTEER live audience celebration of grassroots music and the artists who make it. The show airs on 515 radio stations from Australia to Boston to Dublin, Ireland. It also airs on American Forces Radio Network twice each weekend in 173 nations, every military base and US Naval ship in the world. The shows airs coast-to-coast in millions of TV homes as a public television series. Now Friday’s on RFD-TV.

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Tune In Alert: @KyleDillingham on @WoodSongs begins airing June 23. bit.ly/2s9KgkR And on TV @OfficialRFDTV #kyledillingham #horseshoeroad

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Kyle Dillingham is excited to announce that he’ll be making his 2018 CMA Fest debut on the Spotlight Stage inside Music City Center. Dillingham will perform at 1:00 pm CT on June 8, followed by a 30 minute fan meet-and-greet immediately after his performance.

“How very exciting it is to be a new member of this CMA family! An important theme in education is, ‘it’s not what we have, but it’s what we give,’ and we look forward to giving our very best at CMA Fest this year to benefit the CMA foundation’s work enriching music education programs all across the country,” Dillingham commented.

Dillingham is also celebrating a recent invitation to participate in the 2018-2019 American Music Abroad tour season, organized by The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and The Association of American Voices. Dillingham and Horseshoe Road were chosen as one of fifteen ensembles, standing out in an applicant pool of nearly 300.

“We are so excited to announce that we have also been accepted to participate in the 2018-2019 American Music Abroad (AMA) tour season! Having already performed in 37 countries, I look forward to this opportunity to take country music, once again, to new frontiers,” Dillingham said. “Whether at home or abroad, we have an important opportunity everyday to change peoples lives with our music. That’s what we are really talking about here!”

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is currently working to select the 40+ touring countries for the upcoming round of American Music Abroad, which will be announced at a later date.

Additionally, Kyle Dillingham recently recorded a performance on Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour, which is set to air on June 23 via the program’s broadcast affiliates, and the American Forces Radio Network. WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour is both a radio and television production that airs internationally around the world, and fosters the comradery of both musicians and music lovers to celebrate the traditional American experience through song. Producer and host, Michael Johnathon has garnered mass multi-media attention over the past 15 years, which is filmed in front of a live audience in Lexington, Kentucky.

Kyle Dillingham Show Dates:
MAY 26 Paseo Arts Festival / Oklahoma City, Okla.
JUN 08 CMA Fest Spotlight Stage / Nashville, Tenn.
JUN 14 CHK|Central Boathouse / Oklahoma City, Okla.
JUN 16 The Deli / Norman, Okla.
JUN 23 Americana Fest @ American Banjo Museum / Oklahoma City, Okla.
JUL 19 UCO Jazz Lab / Edmond, Okla.
For more details on show dates, please click here.

About Kyle Dillingham:
Kyle Dillingham picked up the violin when he was nine, and eight years later, he gave two featured performances at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Kyle is now managed by legendary impresario, Jim Halsey, who has guided the careers of many great performers including Roy Clark, The Oak Ridge Boys and James Brown. On stage, Horseshoe Road performs a mix of band originals, classic covers and fiddlin favorites that are sure to have audiences on their feet. Together, they have represented America internationally in 37 countries, energizing audiences everywhere they go.

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YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST! @KyleDillingham performing at @CountryMusic’s #CMAfest in support of the @CMAFoundation & music education! Catch him on the Spotlight Stage at 1pm on June 8 at Music City Center. #itstartswithME

Oklahoma's Musical Ambassador, Kyle Dillingham and his band Horseshoe Road, to headline International Cultural Festival in China

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (August 23, 2017) -  After eleven trips to China and last year co-hosting the Silk Road International Arts Festival in Xi’an, Oklahoma City based Kyle Dillingham and his band Horseshoe Road will be returning to China to headline the multi-cultural festival now in its fourth year. Following their performance at the Silk Road Festival in Xi’an, the band has been invited to perform at the 2nd Annual Silk Road International Cultural Expo in Dunhuang (the true crossroads of the East and the West along the Silk road). This will mark the first time an American Country band has ever performed in Dunhuang.
The invitation to Dunhuang comes from the Gansu Provincial People’s Government in which Oklahoma is a sister state to the province of Gansu.
On the 30th Anniversary of the Sister State agreement in 2015, Kyle was invited to represent
Oklahoma for a special New Year’s Eve concert as soloist with the Lanzhou Symphony Orchestra in
the Gansu Province capital city of Lanzhou.
“It’s always such an honor for me to represent Oklahoma and the United States through my music,"
Kyle stated. "My band and I take this opportunity very seriously. I just love how music naturally
brings people together. I think there is a real need for this kind of exchange right now in our world.”
The United States will be represented by not one but two fiddle players from Oklahoma at the Silk
Road International Arts Festival in Xi’an. Jana Jae, the Queen of Country Fiddle and longtime
Oklahoman will be performing at the festival with members of her band. Plans are currently being
formulated to have Kyle and Jana perform together at the event. Having these two award-winning
musicians from Oklahoma on stage together would be quite an honor for the State of Oklahoma as
well as an outstanding pairing for this growing international event.
Kyle Dillingham has represented the United States through performance in 37 countries. This year
Kyle will be officially representing the Mayor of Edmond, Oklahoma on a formal visit with the Mayor
of Qingyang (Edmond Sister City) where he and Horseshoe Road will perform a concert and conduct
cultural activities in the city.
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