Kyleen Downes turns focus to online release of her music
Don Thrasher
Rock Insider
Dayton-based musician Kyleen Downes celebrates the release of her new album, “Come On Sit Down,” with a live concert stream on Facebook and her website,, at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 11.

Kyleen Downes had big plans for her excellent new album, “Come On Sit Down.” The coronavirus pandemic forced her to change directions, but it didn’t squash the music she recorded with Patrick Himes at Reel Love Recording Company in Dayton.

The album will be available on Spotify, Apple Music and other streaming services on Friday, June 12. Downes is also presenting a live concert stream on Facebook and her Web site at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 11.

The Dayton-based musician recently discussed the follow-up to her 2018 EP, “Friends.”

How has COVID-19 impacted you? I’m grateful I’ve been able to continue working with online guitar lessons.

It does me good to see my students’ faces and stay connected in their lives. I did have a big trip planned with my mom that had to be postponed, but I’ve had a lot of funny FaceTime conversations with my sister and her kids. Those face filters are hilarious!

Who plays on the album? The album features my core band at the time: Josclynn Garrison on bass, Charley Skira on guitar, banjo and melodica and Gub Pedrotti on drums and various percussion.

John Bir plays trumpet on a track and Khrys Blank, Amber Hargett and Heather Redman came into the studio for some powerful backing vocals. Patrick also lends his talent on several tracks with several different instruments. He’s just got that ability!

What did you do differently with this album compared to past releases?

My last two releases were recorded over a short period of time. I decided to give myself a year to record this one to allow some breathing room for each song. I do think each tune has its own vibe.

How did the shutdowns affect your plans for this album?

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I was for the release show at Yellow Cab Tavern. I was going to re-create the album, have guest players and I had some sweet cover tunes picked out. I do plan to reschedule but not sure when. The vinyl pressing plant also shut down so my vinyl is being delayed by six weeks. It has really made me hone in on the online release of the album, which has its benefits to grow as an independent musician.

Why put the album out now?

Since I took all of 2019 to record the album, I felt the songs were excited for people to hear them. Music is also a great escape and inspiration so if I can provide some enjoyment with these new tunes, that makes me happy!

“Come On Sit Down” is available for download and pre-order for vinyl or CD at www.kyleendownes. com.

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