Tumbleweed & Ghetto Ingenuity
“This album has a very American vibe to it, it’s got a touch of Midwest, it’s got a touch of California, touch of New Orleans. I think the album title tumbleweed is very fitting.” – Michael “Dangerously” De La Torre
Kyle Fletcher, former guitarist for the bluegrass jam band Buckthorn Brothers, has been working on his first solo album, appropriately titled Tumbleweed. Although there is no specific release date yet established, Kyle and producer Michael De La Torre are confident that the album will be ready towards the end of April.
Fletcher says the name essentially describes himself and his career so far, as he has constantly been on the move and frequently tours about 30 states every year (it’s also his nickname on Facebook). Originally from Minnesota, Minneapolis, Kyle made the official move to Los Angeles just over a year ago after finishing up a live album with the Buckthorn Brothers and had already heard of 17th Street Recording Studios through a mutual friend of Lewis Richards. He met De La Torre through Kat Nestel and the two quickly became fans of each other’s styles, with Michael eventually suggesting that Kyle come work with him at 17th Street.
Michael, better known by his stage name as Mic Dangerously, initially started producing for himself using nothing but a G4 Powerbook with Cubase from 2003, a cheap Squier guitar amp and what he calls “ghetto ingenuity.” However, he soon discovered his raw talent as a producer and intuitively honed his craftsmanship with professional equipment once he arrived at 17th Street. Since then, he has been a part of numerous projects at the studio but focuses the majority of his time and energy towards his own band, Zen Robbi. “I’m usually pretty selective about the projects I take on,” says Mic, “I try to take on as many as I can because I really enjoy doing it but I get kept pretty busy with Zen Robbi.”
Pretty busy would certainly be an understatement in this case, as the band is currently finishing up their 5th album, titled Dead Man’s Hand, with two music videos preceding it. As such, Mic mentions that he decided to work on Tumbleweed because Fletcher’s music truly peaked his interest. With Mic’s funk rock style and Kyle’s bluegrass roots, the two are certainly a unique pairing and have created a jazzy hook-based sound that is bound to resonate with fans all across the country.