Best known as the keyboard player for Boulder, Colorado-based jam band the String Cheese Incident
, Maryland native Kyle Hollingsworth was born March 2, 1968.
He majored in music, with emphasis on jazz piano, at Towson State University, while moonlighting with Black Friday, a Baltimore psychedelic rock band. After moving to Boulder, Colorado, he joined the String Cheese Incident
, where he not only played electric piano, Hammond organ, clavinet, synthesizer, and accordion, but also sang and wrote songs, some in collaboration with Robert Hunter. When on hiatus from the band, he toured with his own band, billed variously as the Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Kyle Hollingsworth & Friends, Remarkable Elba Kramer, and 3 Foot Icon. His debut solo album, Never Odd or Even, appeared in 2004 and featured guest spots from saxophonist Joshua Redman
and pedal steel player Robert Randolph
. In 2007 he toured with the Mickey Hart Band
, and then toured with the Fiery Furnaces
in the spring of 2008. His second solo album, Then There's Now, was released in 2009, with a third, Speed of Life, arriving in 2014. ~ Steve Leggett, Rovi