We spend so much time talking about new artists coming out of Nashville, North Carolina, Georgia and other hotbeds for country music. However, we need to take a step back sometimes and look at artists who were born and raised in what can only be described as non-traditional areas.
Take for instance today’s spotlight artist, Tyler Rich who hails from the Yuba City area of Northern California (we’ll get to more California-born artists in the coming weeks).
During a show I caught earlier this year at the Rodeo Club in San Jose, opening for Dustin Lynch and Chris Lane, Tyler told the crowd a great story about how it was a Garth Brooks show at Arco Arena in Sacramento that cemented his love for country music. Then, three months before his 14th birthday, his grandparents surprised him with a guitar for Christmas. That, as they say, was that. Tyler never looked back.
After countless hours working on his craft, and spending years on the road touring across the U.S. with multiple bands, Tyler decided it was time to pursue his career as a solo artist. This turned out to be a great choice as he’s taken the stage with some of the country music’s top artists including, Cole Swindell, Sam Hunt, Dan + Shay, Gloriana, Canaan Smith, Maddie & Tae, and a whole lot more (including Dustin Lynch who he’s been touring with). Tyler’s first single “Radio”, landed on iTunes in mid-2015 and is getting airplay on a number of radio stations across the country, including iHeartRadio.
What I loved about Tyler’s live performance during the San Jose show was his stage presence. You could tell by watching him play that it is what he was born to do…and he loves doing it. The passion is there from the very start. Songs like my personal favorite “California Grown“, a song about growing up in California (which I can DEFINITELY relate to being born and raised in the small town of Petaluma), “Brothers“, “Turn it Up” and “I Can Teach Ya” to his first single, “Radio”, grab the attention of the audience immediately and keep them on their feet until the final note of the final song.
I had the privilege of catching up with him after the San Jose show, nearly 3 hours after he first took the stage. It’s funny. He was filled with the same energy and love for his fans that he demonstrated earlier in the evening. I bought his EP that night which has already been worn out on my many drives from Portland to the Bay Area. Definitely take a listen when you have the chance.
Also make sure to also check Tyler on Facebook and definitely follow him on Twitter at@TylerRichMusic. His YouTube channel also has a number of good clips. Finally, as I alluded to earlier, don’t forget to pick up his EP “Valerie” on iTunes.
So what did I miss? Do you own the EP? Have you seen Tyler live? Is the show as good as I’ve noted? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.