Kirby Heyborne | The Elm Tree

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The Elm Tree

by Kirby Heyborne

Kirby's acoustic-based folk is touchingly simple, yet texturally complex, and the strength of his lyrics are in their honesty. Evocative, honest and beautiful; every song is emotive and brilliant, musical and interesting.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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1. Honest Ground
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2. We Fall Back
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3. The Hard Way
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4. Keep It Inside
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5. Courage
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6. Sunset
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7. Give Up On Me
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8. Sunday
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9. Mistakes & Stowaways
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10. The Lonely Grave
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Album Notes
Los Angeles, CA - Kirby Heyborne is a rare performer who brings an honest palpable vulnerability to his Folk Rock/Pop music. His warm voice and intricate guitar color his well-received albums “Inside” and “Braver Days.” His intimate work on his Christmas album, “Merry White Tree in the Night,” has garnered the highest praise from critics and fans alike.

The seeds for Kirby’s ability to blend catchy hooks with heartfelt melodies and lyrics were planted when he began to teach himself guitar at the age of 15. “I learned to play guitar from a Best of The Beatles Songbook,” Heyborne remembers. “I was heavy into the contemporary folk scene following storytelling masters like David Wilcox and John Gorka. And at the same time I was learning to play
hook-heavy Beatles tunes.”

“By the end of my 9th grade year, I was performing my original songs (along with plenty of Beatles covers) to groups of 40 to 50 people in my friend’s backyard. This became a frequent event for the rest of my high school experience.”

Heyborne recorded 3 albums during his high school years and continued to build a strong following. After graduating, he formed Bentleigh, an acoustic rock band. Helming the group, Heyborne brought Bentleigh to the forefront of the Intermountain music scene. During the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic
Winter Games, Bentleigh performed at many events, private parties, and opened for N’SYNC at the Olympic Medals Plaza.

Kirby has released three successful solo albums, performed across the country, and has had his songs featured in 4 films. His recently released album, “Merry White Tree in the Night,” has received rave reviews and will be featured in the holiday film, “Together Again for the First Time” in which he also played a starring role. The release of “The Elm Tree,” March 31, 2009, will be his fourth and “best yet”, says producer Nathan DeVore.

Heyborne, now solo, is currently touring the country and enchanting audiences with his storytelling and intimate songs. He resides with his wife and 2 children in Los Angeles.

The story of “The Elm Tree”. Thoughts on my new album.

Life is made up of moments and every moment is a gift.

There are moments when we lose hope. We can only see the bare limbs of winter trees. We forget that there is life pulsing through the roots in the frozen ground. We feel like we can’t make it through another day. But somehow we find the strength. Something reminds us of the blossoms that come every spring. Sometimes it’s a friend or a family member who offers a hand of comfort. Other times we rely on our faith to get us through.

As I was working on this album I read a favorite book of mine, “The Giving Tree,” by Shel Silverstein. It’s the story of a tree that loves a boy and gives everything to make the boy happy. I have always enjoyed the story but after my most recent reading I realized: I am the boy. I thought of people in my life who are the tree: my wife, my parents, a neighbor battling cancer, a young friend fighting in Afghanistan. They are strong, dependable, and giving. Even when there is nothing left to give, they continue to comfort, inspire and give me strength.

These songs are about moments of happiness, sorrow, courage, and hope.

This album is for the trees in my life.


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powerful and enriching - something for everyone
Breath of fresh air. Soulful and uplifting. Music for the heart.
You'll fall in love with the melodies and catch yourself singing along.
Great for listening anywhere- anytime. This is music you'll want to share with your friends.
My favorite is "Keep It Inside." Helps me to be more in tune with personal reflection and awareness to others.

loving life

Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant!
This album is every bit as incredible as I expected. Evocative, honest and beautiful. Fantastically varied album. From the moving lyrics of "Honest Ground" (and others), the catchy tune of "The Hard Way", the simple sweetness of "Sunset", to the haunting "Mistakes and Stowaways" -- You won't get bored listening! Buy this album. Definitely worth the money.