Taylor Kingman is best known to Portland music fans as the frontman of hard-charging folk rock band The Hill Dogs. In that group, his gravely voice was front and center — yelps, screams, hollers and all. But after years of abuse, he literally destroyed his vocal chords, and the band was forced to go on hiatus.

During that downtime, Kingman continued to write music and taught himself to sing in a less destructive way. The results of that transformation can be heard on his debut solo record, “Wannabe,” due out on Nov. 17 via Mama Bird Recording Co.

Recorded in Portland with producer Mike Coykendall, the album features the track “My Lover’s Bed,” an earnest and delicate ballad that really does prove that sometimes less is more.

Taylor Kingman plays an album release show in Portland, OR at Mississippi Studios on Nov. 29 along with his band the Holy Know-Nothings and Mike Coykendall.