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“Kyle Hunt and the King Gypsy Self-titled EP One of the area’s most reliable local draws, Kyle Hunt and the King Gypsy’s newest release, a five-song self-titled EP, shows tremendous growth in the band’s songwriting. Half groove and half classic rock throwback, it’s when Hunt and the gang lean toward their fun side that things really come together. The incredibly catchy, feel-good vibe of “Have a Good Time” and the reggae-laced ode to local life in “West Coast Waters” are some of the best songs the Ojai group has ever recorded. Lyrically, Hunt and company aren’t breaking any new ground, but nobody goes to a Gypsy show to marvel at clever world play — everyone’s there to dance, drink and party it up. They sum it up best themselves, proclaiming, “Don’t wanna hear about your heartbreak, it’s summertime in California.” Amen to that. — Chris Jay Available on iTunes and CDBaby.com”

“Oh, if the walls of their gig van could talk . . .. This Oakview band can always be counted on for a good time, but despite a reputation as a party band, Hunt says they take the music very seriously — trucker hats, flannel shirts and Zippo lighters notwithstanding. Busily writing for the band’s second full-length, Kyle Hunt et al have big plans going forward and none of them include slowing down. Hunt says that other than world domination, he’d like to honor the gypsy in him and travel the world, meeting and entertaining folks from many different cultures. With its rural Cali sensibility and groovy, heartfelt classic rock sound, Kyle Hunt and the King Gypsy is one of the only bands that consistently manages to fill the dance floor with beautiful women — no easy task, as most musicians will attest, and reason enough to keep an eye on them. – Michel Cicero”

“Love them in their Chevy van Finding your musical identity is like finding a favorite pair of pants. You try out a few and wear them down until one just feels right. Guitarist Kyle Hunt didn’t start out playing the blues. A young Kyle Hunt and DeAnza Middle School mate John Sagar both became involved in the punk and hardcore scenes in high school and started a band together called Ribshot, but soon both drifted away from punk rock. “The whole scene was kind of violent,” recalls Hunt. His first venture as a songwriter was a 14-track solo album released in 2007 called Under a Peaceful Moon, a solid folk-rock record reminiscent of Tom Petty and Wilco. But musical combos die hard, and Hunt and Sagar decided to collaborate once again in 2008, adding drummer Jon Long and bassist Brandon Romero. The result was the formation of Oak View’s beer drinking, trucker hat and flannel shirt-wearing classic rockers Kyle Hunt and the King Gypsy: ”

“Kyle Hunt and the King Gypsy Chasing A Dream 1There is something uniquely satisfying about a record full of songs about playing rock ’n’ roll. As the cover art of this band’s debut illustrates, when the van pulls up, and a bunch of longhairs with musical instruments spill out, you just know there’s a good time ahead. Beginning with the first track, “Around the U.S.A.,” an electric narrative about the life of a young rock band unfolds. There’s the one about the day job, the one about gold diggers and even one about hanging out after the show — and they all rock, as they should. It’s no wonder Kyle Hunt and his band of gypsies have earned such a loyal following: their guitar-driven, blues-based, barroom jams are balm for the working-class soul, something especially welcome these days. — Michel Cicero”