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Artist Spotlight: Tyler Rich

May 17, 2016

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.

12 Year Old Girl Beaten While Neighbor Films

March 28, 2012

A man who filmed a group of girls attacking a 12-year-old has told Providence, Rhode Island, police that he thought it was just a prank.

The man is not being charged and, according to police, is not involved in the case sinche te video is no longer in his possession. As I’m sure you can imagine, the girl’s mom has stated that she is horrified that the man didn’t try to stop her daughter’s attack.

From CNN:

Two of the girls have been charged with assault with a deadly weapon and conspiracy, and two others have been charged with simple assault and conspiracy, said Providence Police Sgt. Matthew Ryan.

The 12-year-old suffered two black eyes, a bruised nose and bite marks on her hands. Holly Gingerella, the girl’s mother, said, “My daughter is doing OK. She doesn’t look very good, but she’s a strong child.” She said her daughter has a shunt in her brain to aid with a medical problem, but the shunt was not damaged in the assault.

The man posted the video of the incident on YouTube, where he shows his face to the camera and describes the attack, “Kids are (expletive) sitting outside for like 20 minutes saying, ‘Don’t do this, don’t do that. You gotta keep going, you gotta keep fighting.’ They’re like planning it so they can just record it.” While he speaks, girls can be heard shouting in the background.

Mexico News Editor Found Decapitated

September 26, 2011

The editor of a Mexican newspaper was found dead, her body decapitated and with a note next to it.

Earlier this month, attackers left ominous threats mentioning two social media websites on signs beside mutilated bodies in northern Mexico. This appears to be yet another threat to journalists and citizens in Mexico who are reporting on cartel activities on social networking sites.

From CNN:

Maria Elizabeth Macias Castro, 39, was the editor in chief of the newspaper, Primera Hora.

Her body was found Saturday morning, according to the attorney general’s office in the northern Tamaulipas state. A message “attributed to a criminal group” was found next to her, the office said.

“The state government expresses its deepest condolences to the relatives and loved ones affected by these lamentable acts,” the office said, adding that it is investigating.

The Big Show Presents: An Introduction to Billy the Greek

July 24, 2011

…and now for the first time in 10 years…the return of “The Big Show”.

For your background, The Big Show was a radio program that appeared on KSUN 91.5 for more than 3 years featuring yours truly, “The Roaddawg Johnny Kreuz” along with my colleague and good friend “The Bad Ass Brett Anthony”.

The show came to an end back in May of 2001 but only recently have the tapes been discovered and put online for all of the world to hear. We always had a blast…that’s for sure!

Mind you, I did much of the writing for the show and created the many characters who appeared including “Billy the Greek” who became a weekly staple on the show. Let’s put it this way, he was created to be the prototypical “male chauvinist” and when you listen to the bits that he appeared on, you’d probably believe that the guy really acted this way in real life.

Anyways…here’s the first bit that I’m sharing. This was one of our very first episodes back in 1999 when we introduced Billy the Greek. As a disclaimer…most of the content on ALL of our broadcasts is for adult ears only as we do get a bit edgy/racy so listen at your own risk 🙂

For more videos/broadcasts, please click here.

Definitely better than a Casey Anthony radio program would have been 🙂

New Voice for the Aflac Duck

April 26, 2011

…and no it’s not Ben Affleck! It’s Dan McKeague, a 36-year-old father of three from suburban Minneapolis.

I’ll definitely miss Gilbert Gottfried and his voice. We’ll see if McKeague can fill his shoes!

From CNN Money:

McKeague, a sales manager at a local radio station with some experience doing voice overs, was one of the many hopeful celebrities, voice over artists and average Joes that submitted over 12,500 live and online auditions to provide the distinctive voice of the Aflac Duck.

In a video posted Tuesday on YouTube, the CEO of the Georgia-based company, Daniel Amos, and two other senior executives are shown offering the job to McKeague over the phone. McKeague, wearing a dark suit and tie, gratefully accepts the job from what appears to be his home.

If Everyone Gets a Chance…

February 10, 2011

…could you please click on this link to check out my latest blog post.

It’s not necessarily what you might be used to reading from me,  but I’d really appreciate it if you could just click the link and if you have any thoughts on the content, please leave a comment. 🙂