“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.
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, they were selected again for a 16-day tour of Liberia, which included a performance for the President of Liberia celebrating U.S. and Liberian relations.
World renowned fiddle sensation and Oklahoma’s Musical Ambassador, Kyle Dillingham, heads the band and has performed his magic in over 30 countries, which has electrified and energized audiences around the world. The Enid native picked up the violin when he was nine, and eight years later, he gave two featured performances at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Though he had an attractive offer to continue in Nashville, Kyle always believed that his musical talents could serve Oklahoma best by staying in Oklahoma.
He was a featured performer for the King of Malaysia, the Princess of Thailand, Singapore’s National Day Celebration, and he was televised throughout all of China. A frequent visitor to Washington D.C, he has performed for the Japanese, Thai, Romanian, and Saudi Arabian Ambassadors, to name a few. He has also performed with Roy Clarke and Hank Thompson.
Kyle has played for over a hundred charity events in Oklahoma and performed for the launching of the University of Central Oklahoma’s Centre for Global Competency where he took the stage with National Geographic Journalist, Lisa Ling. Kyle was also featured as part of the Memorial Thank You Concert in Oklahoma City along with Vince Gill, Jimmy Webb and Toby Keith. Kyle received a standing ovation from the sold out Ford Center that night.
Honored by Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry, Kyle is the 2009 recipient of the Governor’s Arts Award, acknowledging his life’s work as a violinist, vocalist and musical ambassador for the state of Oklahoma and for his gift to connect with people throughout the world.
Kyle is one of the Journal Record’s Achievers under 40; an elite list of selected young Oklahoma’s making a difference in our state. He is also one of OKC Biz and Oklahoma Magazine’s top 40 under 40 class. As a Creativity Ambassador, he performed as a part of the Creativity World Forum in 2010 and received a medal of honor, along with other Oklahoma greats such as Jimmy Webb, Leona Mitchell and Hanson.