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KT Vandyke & Driftin' Westward / Press

“Arts for Youth Spotlight: K.T. Vandyke K.T. Vandyke is a singer/songwriter who plays the guitar but considers himself a drummer."A kid from the mountains who likes to write country songs' By Leslie Grace | A! Magazine for the Arts | September 25, 2013 A love of storytelling, unbridled sense of expression and joy in "messing around with just about anything that will make a racket," is how K. T. Vandyke describes his approach to performing and songwriting. K.T. recently won the Richard Leigh Songwriting Contest (part of the Songwriters Festival at Virginia Highlands Community College that honored Richard Leigh) with his song, "Huck Finn." "It was written primarily about being on the road or perhaps the lack thereof," he says. "It's about a strong desire to make a getaway from a monotonous life to one full of adventure and excitement. That's why it's based on Twain's novel, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.'"”

“Richlands News Press June 20, 2013 By Jim Talbert (staff reporter) No drift in Vandyke's Journey From drums to Americana, Driftin' Westward singer, songwriter finding his way. K.T. Vandyke grew up with music and it's still a major part of his life. "I play guitar and sing but I learned music on drums," is the way he phrased it. A lifelong love of music led Vandyke to JohnsonCity and the Bluegrass music Program at ETSU. It also led him to find his own style of music. "It's a blend of alternative-folk music and Americana, " the 2006 graduate of Twin Valley High School said. He and the band will be releasing a cd later this year and will be produced by Dr. Ralph Stanley's producer. In addition to being the lead singer and guitar player, Vand”

By Jim Talbert (staff reporter) - Richlands News Press

“Driftin’ Westward Southern gothic aspects swirl about the music of Driftin’ Westward like angels wayward in the night. Catch the drift of Driftin’ Westward on April 26 at Machiavelli’s in Bristol, Tenn. Sometimes they’re happy, sometimes they’re sad but the songs of K.T. Vandyke and Driftin’ Westward rarely fail to engage. Take “Dancing on Hallowed Ground.” As lonely as a solitary grave, the unsettling through gorgeous ode wrenches by like an unwanted march of death. They render a bounce to “When In Rome,” speed forth on “Trampled On My Heart” and ease along with a sad man’s stroll on “Lonely Blues.” Evocative in their songs of searching, Driftin’ Westward amounts to much more than a band with a handful of simply pretty songs. » Who: Driftin’ Westward”

“K.T. Vandyke is an alumnus of Southwest and credits Joey Trivette, SWCC music instructor, with igniting his interest in bluegrass and folk music. “Mr. Trivette required that we attend the SWCC concert series,” recalls Vandyke. “I really wasn’t into either bluegrass or folk, but once I attended some of the concerts featuring those genres, I was instantly hooked.” Vandyke later transferred to Virginia Tech, majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies, but decided midway through that he had to follow his heart and pursue a career that would allow him opportunities to devote himself exclusively to music. On weekends, the band is usually in the studio recording new songs or performing at local venues, such as PK’s Bar and Grill and The Cellar, Gillies, They also performed at the Johnson City Folk Festival in Johnson City, The Heartwood,The Shanendoah River Festival, Poor Farms Fest, Cataba Farm Fest, Steppin' Out Festival. They finished the summer touring the southeastern states.”

P. Roberts - Tazewell County Free Press