Americana fiddle maestro Kyle Dillingham announced 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!”
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.