Just a few short years ago, a gal from the state of 10,000 Lakes moved downstream to the river port town of Nashville. Liz Kilgo grew up in the backwoods of Northern Minnesota, constantly courting a love for country music. With determination and a fire in her belly to sing and write songs, she forged ahead to the great town of Nashville. She was confident and had the passion for music all along, but it took drive, ambition and patience to see her dream unfold. Kilgo set her sites on country rock and making music in her own world and the world of her listeners.
Through connections and hard work, Liz is making her mark in the world of country rock. Just as the mighty Cumberland River and its tributaries wind around the city of Nashville, country music has many of its own offshoots. Blending blues, gospel and jazz, country music is an encompassing art, as each artist finds their own niche. It is not just ‘country music’ anymore, as specific genres like country rock requires developing a unique style and honing the skill to standout in the crowd. Kilgo has done just that.
Chasing the dream with a driven talent is only one part of the equation to be noticed in Nashville. A musician could write ten outstanding songs, be prepped, willing and able to sing to an audience, but until they receive their golden ticket, it is still a dream. The key is to never give up, find mentors and pound the pavement until their voice is heard.
Kilgo has paid her dues and has become a rising star on the Nashville scene. She credits much of her success to her friend and mentor, the late Ric Taylor. Spending hours on end with perseverance, Taylor’s help and humble advice led Kilgo to her first album. It was during this time that Kilgo realized she had an addiction to music. It was the one thing that kept her sane and grounded in life and she penned the tune Bad Addiction with that in mind. With Chasin’ Dreams and Proud About It under her belt, her third album Country In The USA is set to be released later this spring.
Kilgo can write songs in minutes or ponder them for years, always embracing the human experience and meaning from her own life and the lives of others around her. As long as there is coffee brewing and a light bulb glowing, Kilgo is in tune with her emotions and ready to write and rock the stage. She finds her best place in the genre of country rock and her heart and passion depend on the people she meets. Living by her motto of “Let’s play some music”, Kilgo is both a free spirit and a disciplined artist.
Kilgo is currently managed by DWD Management and she works closely with Buddy Hyatt at The Tracking Room. Hyatt is keen on great talent and has worked with the likes of Jake Owen, TG Sheppard, Barry Gibb, Randy Travis and Lee Greenwood, just to mention a few. He seems to easily recognize a soaring talent in the industry and does all he can to make them successful. His interest in Kilgo speaks volumes as he helps to master her already proven achievements and craft.
Kilgo sings as a natural talent, enjoying music as passion and love. Her style has blossomed into country rock and she has the stamina and will to go where she wants. As she looks beyond the ones who have gone on to pave the way to stardom, Kilgo continues to perfect herself that will get people talking.
By: Roanne FitzGibbon
Interview with Liz Kilgo