Kyle Culkin

REVIEW: Kyle Culkin “Shotgun Ridge”


Kyle Culkin – Shotgun Ridge

Kyle Culkin has a new album out on June 30, Shotgun Ridge.  It was produced by Kyle Culkin, mixed by Ryan Williams and mastered by Chris Collier. It was primarily recorded at Tonebucker Records with the featured Albert Lee parts recorded by engineer Robert Heft at Songwriters’ Studio.

The album starts off on a high note and “My Baby’s Gone,” despite the title, the music lights up the room with some Heartland rock / Springsteen-esque good rootsy vibes.  

“Trashy With You” takes a turn into a bluesy run, with “Whole ‘Nutha Thang” (written by K. Moore & Mac Davis) following suit. “Whole ‘Nutha Thang” features Albert Lee on guitar and backing vocals, and is layers of blues and excitement.  The guitar playing is lightning quick and really incredible.  

“Two more bottles of Wine” (written by D. McClinton) features Johnny Hiland on guitar, and reassurance of a good time: “it’s all right ’cause it’s midnight and I got two more bottles of wine.” 

A version of Lowell George’s “Willin'” is a chlling and lovely version of the moving song. “Path of Least Resistance” was written by Ted Russell Kamp and Josh Morningstar.  This one features Ted on vocals and is a slower tempo. more mournful number with pedal steel that’ll make you wipe a tear or two. 

This album is high energy all the way through.  Kyle and the band really give it their all.  Find more information at, and on Facebook at and on Intsagram @kyleculkinusa. 

Musicians on the album are Kyle Culkin on guitars, bass, and vocals; Jade MacRae on backing vocals; Adam Gust on drums and percussion; and Jamieson Trotter on piano and B3 organ.  Featured musicians are Albert Lee on guitar and backing vocals on “Whole ‘Nutha Thang”;
Johnny Hiland on guitar on “Two More Bottles of Wine”; Jade MacRae on vocals on “Creepin’ In”; Ted Russell Kamp on vocals on “Path of Least Resistance”; and Max MacLaury on vocals and rhythm guitar on “Passing Through.”

Enjoy our previous coverage here: REVIEW: Kyle Culkin Takes A Musical Journey Down Memory Lane

Leave a Reply!