|1. Hello Tyller, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician? Hi Danaille, sure! Well, I grew up on a ranch in Southwest Colorado. So my formative years were spent doing chores, chasing cows in the mountains, being a 4-H member and all the awesome things that go along with growing up in a rural setting.I got my first horse and my first guitar at 8 years old, and growing up in a rural area influenced my music and personality a whole lot. My parents are both Artists (painter and photographer), so we traveled lot taking art around which was really neat, getting to see different states and cities. |
2. Who are some of your musical icons?The first song I ever learned to play was Hey Good Lookin’ by Hank Williams sr. Hank was a bighero of mine musically. Also, Merle Haggard, Dwight Yokaum, Buck Owens, and growing up in the 90’s obviously George Strait was a big influence.
3. When did you start listening to country music and when did you know you wanted a career in it?I grew up listening to all kinds of music, from Miles Davis to Tom Petty. But Country music was a huge part of my life from about 7 years old on. If you turned on the radio in 97 you’d be hearing Alan Jackson and George Strait and Randy Travis, just really amazing singers and great songs. And that’s what we listened to all the time.I’m very lucky to have supportive parents, I’ve been singing all my life and playing guitar since I was 8 years old. I honestly don’t remember a time when music wasn’t what I wanted to do.
4. What is the background story behind your latest single “When Do I Buy Whiskey?”A few years ago I was in Nashville and ended up helping my friend deliver some hay. They lady we stacked the hay for was named Devon O’Day who is a DJ on 650am WSM (Opry Radio). So we started talking and I gave her a cd. She ended up really liking my songs and had me on the radio the next week which was a huge honor. Then later on Devon and I started writing (she’s an amazing writer who’s had songs recorded by George Strait etc.).We had this idea of a drinking song that wasn’t really about drinking haha so we wrote “Why Do I Buy Whiskey”.
5. Is there anything else new coming up with your music in 2019?I’ll be playing live all over Texas and Colorado. And I’ll also be releasing some more new songs over the next few months. Some of the tunes I wrote with Jim Lauderdale who’s an amazing writer.
6. What are some of your favorite venues or events to play at?That’s a great question! I feel very fortunate for the opportunities I’ve had opening for folks like Robert Earl Keen, John Anderson etc.Playing with REM at the Arvada center was a whole lot of fun, I really like the Olathe Corn Festival, The Mule Barn in Justin, TX. And there are some really special house concert series like It’s All About Z music in Franklin, TN. I just love playing for folks who want to hear my music…doesn’t really matter where! 7. 7. What do you like to do in your free time?Doesn’t seem like I get much free time these days, but I still love riding horses and fixing things on guitars and trucks.
8. What is one of your favorite quotes?Daryl Scott one gave me the advice of “know what you don’t want to do, and be open to everything else”. I think that’s really good advice for the music business.
9. Is there anything else you would like to share? Yeah, if you like my music check out some of my friends like – Kin Faux, Kinsey Rose and Twin Kennedy! There’s a lot of really great country music out there right now!