Based in Louisville, Ky., Kyle James Hauser is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who specializes in banjo.
Hauser will perform April 12 at The Sentient Bean. A finalist at both the 2011 Telluride Troubadour Contest and the 2011 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, he is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he majored in songwriting, and has worked as a studio player for nearly a decade.
In January 2012, Hauser released his debut solo album, "Oh Oh." He was joined by special guests cellist Ben Sollee and guitarist Grant Gordy of the David Grisman Quintet.
Onstage, Hauser has performed with such artists as John Hiatt, The Infamous Stringdusters and Lucinda Williams. His original songs have been heard on television shows and in feature films.
DO: When did you realize you had musical talent?
Kyle James Hauser: I'm not sure that I ever had an "ah ha" moment where I realized my relationship with music was anything special.
As far back as I can remember, singing in particular has been an integral part of me, and even as a child, was a means for me to relate to the world.
DO: When did you decide to make music your career?
Hauser: When I was about 17 or so, I was only playing punk rock music, as was my older brother, who was in a touring punk band.
He came back from tour one day and handed me a CD. It was Leo Kottke's "6- and 12-string guitar," his first album. I put that thing on and it changed my life forever.
I knew then that music was something I wanted to commit not only my passion into, but my professional life, as well.
DO: How many instruments do you play?
Hauser: Play is a relative term, I'm a qualified banjoist, guitarist and vocalist. Beyond that, I could teach you a few things about piano, bass and mandolin.
DO: What inspires you to write a song?
Hauser: Breathing. Too easy an answer, I know. Honestly, sometimes the inspiration can be the difficult part. I find that if I sit down to write and get in the zone, then inspiration almost always finds me. I write so much now that I can't wait around for inspiration to strike to get a song going. I've got deadlines!
I've always been inspired by writers like Mark Twain, Randy Newman and other folks who just show up to writing every day like it's any other job.
Sometimes you stare at the blank page for a while.
DO: What has been your most memorable experience as a performer?
Hauser: If I was to answer it honestly, I'd have to say last night, when I was singing a fairly new song in a new city. I'll probably give you that answer every day as I truly do find inspiration/motivation in performing every day, and singing in particular moves me.
DO: What will the audience in Savannah hear from you?
Hauser: I'll be performing a bunch of new songs from my upcoming second album, but will also play some of the highlights of my 2012 release. At this point in my career, I'm performing for the first time in almost every city I travel to, so I'll be playing solo in an effort to make a personal connection with the audience.
I'm firmly convinced that making a lasting impact in music is about creating relationships with real people. It's more fun that way, anyway.
What: Kyle James Hauser in concert
When: 8 p.m.
Where: The Sentient Bean,
13 E. Park Ave.
Cost: $5 suggested donation