Kyle Perkins

Bass Instructor

Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival, SMSWF Bluegrass Camp, Ole Smoky Moonshine, Gatlinburg, TNKyle Perkins grew up near the town of Somerset, KY and began playing upright and electric bass around the age of 7 with his family and friends. Being from a musical family, Kyle quickly picked up the bass and was being called on to play for many local and regional bands before even becoming a teenager. As a teenager, Kyle also picked up the banjo and guitar from his Grandfather. At age 18, Kyle performed on stage of the Grand Ole Opry as part of winning the Stringbean Memorial youth band competition. Shortly after, he went to work with dobro player Randy Kohrs, then onto David Parmley & Continental Divide where he recorded on “Church House Hymns” and “3 Silver Dollars.” Starting in 2006, he toured with the Larry Stephenson Band for about 4 years and recorded one record “20th Anniversary.” In 2010, Kyle joined legendary banjo player JD Crowe & The New South and was part of the final New South band until Crowe’s retirement in 2013. Afterwards, The New South band conformed into the super-group known as American Drive and recorded a self-titled album which debuted a #1 single “Long Haul Trucking Man.” For the past 4 years, Kyle has been playing with the Kenny & Amanda Smith Band and helped record their latest album “Unbound,” which also had several songs reach #1 on the bluegrass charts in 2016 and 2017.

Kyle’s first solo record “Take Me Back” released in 2016 received some stir featuring not only his rock-solid bass playing, but also his banjo abilities. It features such guests as: Steve Gulley, Dwight McCall, Ronnie Bowman, Brandley Walker, David Parmley, Larry Stephenson, Kenny & Amanda Smith, Keith Garrett, Ron Stewart, Jeff Parker, and many others.

Some of Kyle’s hobbies include buying and selling upright basses, so if you’re in the market for a good bass, Kyle is the guy!!