Local musician Kyle Offidani will release his first full-length CD, “Through My Window,” at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 30, at the Rehoboth Ale House on Wilmington Avenue in Rehoboth Beach. Artist Cathy Jane of Ocean View will kick off the show with her own original music set.
The music will officially release on all internet platforms Monday, April 1.
Born and raised in the Long Neck area, Offidani recently returned to the coastal area. He is no newcomer to music, self-expression and the struggle it takes to find a unique voice. Since age 8, he has been playing guitar and honing his skills. At 22, after a run of touring and playing festivals, venues and street busking, Offidani planted roots in Nashville, Tenn., for two years.
In Nashville, he found a wealth of inspiration, and even began playing on the same stages as his childhood guitar virtuoso heroes. Offdani got involved with the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society and landed airtime on the Guitar Show with Andy Ellis, which led to him being the opening act for concerts by Muriel Anderson, Nokie Edwards, Richard Smith, John Knowles, and multi-Grammy award-winning, flat-picking phenom David Grier.
Eventually believing Nashville was limiting his own artistic expression, Offidani got back on the road to do more touring and soul searching. “I didn’t know where I would land next,” he said. His travels led him to Austin, Texas, where he fell in love with the artistic nature of the city.
His weekly gig circuit included music venues, wine bars, restaurants, and farmers markets; he also performed daily on the street. “Here I was on South Congress Street, right next to the Continental Club, where guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughn had his musical residency,” Offidani said. “I was just scraping by, living in my car, showering at a recreation park, living in storage units, and couch surfing allowed me to focus all of my energy on my craft.”
In 2016, Offidani returned to Long Neck where he fell back in love with his roots. He dug deep to muster all the meaning behind his life experiences, hopes, failures and successes that would inform his first full-length record.
“Through My Window" was recorded mostly in his childhood home overlooking Indian River Bay. “It’s clear why some of the songs on the record hold feelings and vibrations reflective of the ebb and flow of nature and the water’s tide. The album tells stories of the past I escaped to search for meaning, purpose and ultimately my true self,” Offidani said. "After all of my travels, I now know what I was looking for.”
Offidani himself performed, recorded and mixed “Through My Window.” During summer 2018, he began painting and decided to incorporate his own visual art as the album cover.
He brings a depth and vulnerability to his craft that is rarely found in current popular music. It is an obvious intention to not only share his incredible musicianship, but to also share something deeper, timeless, and familiar to everyone.
For more information, go to www.kyleoffidani.com.