KT Vandyke

Bristol | Teaching and Performing Artist

Areas of Expertise:Luthier, songwriter, country/folk/blues musician

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About Me

Born and raised deep in the black diamond hills of southwestern Virginia, K.T. Vandyke is a unique and gripping song-smith, who wields folk songs and prose that weave a curious and unique life story. His songs tell the tales of growing up in the coalfields of Buchanan County, Virginia and the trials and victories of those who came before. A collector of song and story alike, Vandyke parallels his own songs and delivery to that of Appalachian greats such as Merle Travis, Doc Watson, Ola Belle Reed, Tim O’Brien and Tony Rice. A multi-instrumentalist in his own right, Vandyke presents a captivating contemporary narrative through his banter, songwriting and diverse arrangements.

Currently stationed in Bristol, Virginia, he has been performing in the greater Appalachian region and neighboring metropolitan areas for more than a decade. A seasoned performer and multi-instrumentalist, Vandyke can be found performing as a solo songwriter or as one-half of the country swing duo Virginia West. Throughout the last several years he has been affiliated with Johnson City indie-rock acts Pocket Sand and Floyd Strange.

In 2015 he graduated from East Tennessee State University, where he studied Appalachian Studies, with a specialization in Bluegrass, Old-Time, Celtic and Country Music. During his time there he performed regularly with numerous bands most notably the university acclaimed ETSU Country Pride Band.

In 2012 Vandyke took home 1st place in the Richard Leigh Songwriters Competition with his song "Huck Finn", and was a featured performer in the festival in the following years. In 2014 he was a finalist in the Visit Music City Songwriting Competition, as well as being named a Telluride Troubadour, a nationally renowned songwriting competition held by Planet Bluegrass at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival held in Telluride, Colorado. In 2019 he was selected as a finalist in the Tennessee Dept. of Tourism Songwriting contest.

Amidst his musical tenure he has toured throughout the U.S. and extensively throughout the mid-east Atlantic states. Performing as a featured opener for such notable acts as Jason Isbell (Telluride Bluegrass Festival), Pokey LaFarge (Thursday Jams Abingdon, Virginia), Blackberry Smoke (Buchanan County Fair), Town Mountain, (Abingdon Summer Concert series), Larry Keel and Natural Bridge (Catawba Music Festival), Sam Lewis (Thursday Jams), Devon Allman Band, as well as performing regularly at Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion.

His debut EP was released in spring of 2024, featuring the single “Walking on Ashes” which was cut at Classic Recording in Bristol, Virginia and produced by renowned cellist and multi-grammy winner, Dave Eggar and Phil Faconti.

Teaching Style

I teach a variety of topics depending on the students interest. I teach basic instrument maintenance and care tailored toward the working musician or instrument collector.

I also teach guitar and songwriting lessons in the Appalachian old-time and southeastern finger picking blues style.

Available By

Zoom, Facebook Messenger, Google Hangout

Payments Accepted

Venmo, Invoice, Virtual Tip Jar

Additional Work

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Instrument, recording device