John “Kyle” Rohde hails from Muskogee, Oklahoma. He was raised on a steady diet of Country, Gospel, R&B, and Rock and Roll – everything from the Temptations to Willie Nelson. Growing up singing in church and in school, Rohde started writing songs and playing in local bands while still in his teens. After experiencing a brief affinity for heavy rock and British metal music in his late teens, adulthood found Rohde gravitating back to the music of his childhood roots. In the late 90s, he began writing songs long distance, collaborating with Engineer and Musician George Harris between Muskogee and Tampa, eventually moving to Tampa in 2000 and co-founding a band called Soup Bone with Harris that played the local scene and released a self-titled CD in 2011. Also during this time through 2013, Rohde worked with current Railway Kings’ guitarist Greg Nokura in a band for eight years. The following year, Rohde and Nokura formed The Railway Kings with Nokura’s fellow Berklee alumni, bassist Bela Wurtzler and drummer Joe Murphy. “Country music seems to speak to me more these days”, Rohde says. “I’ve always loved songs with lyrics that tell a story and make you feel something.” So when Nokura suggested playing Country music this time around I was open to the idea.. Rohde, does Solos and Duos all over the Tampa bay area and you can catch The Railway Kings playing their brand of “Country, Soul, and Rock n Roll” around the area too.. The band is in the process of writing and recording its’ first full length record with hopes to have it done late 2017..