McCoy Tyler Band
Saturday, June 8, 2013, 6:00pm
Woody Guthrie Stage - Cafeteria
You can call it alt. country, you can call it modern folk--but no matter what label you put on it, in the current climate of popular music The McCoy Tyler Band's songs are refreshingly lucid, rootsy, and at times downright danceable. With influences ranging from Neil Young to The Devil Makes Three, Townes Van Zandt to Railroad Earth, with a little Bill Monroe and Tony Rice thrown in for good measure, this progressive acoustic trio from Santa Cruz, CA will have you out of your seat and dancing in no time.
The group formed in May 2011 by way of a craigslist ad posted by songwriter McCoy Tyler, whom after spending six years performing strictly as a lead guitarist in rock and metal groups throughout the San Francisco Bay Area (most notably Trigger Renegade and Brother Pacific), decided to try his hand in songwriting. Among the first to reply to his ad were drummer and Sacramento-native Clinton Brown and Ohio-born upright bassist Chad Bowen. Both members acclimated quickly to Tyler's vision of a highly vocal-based style of acoustic music, complete with three-part harmonies and thumping rhythm sections.
Shortly after forming, the group recorded a four song EP entitled "What The Mountain Sees" at Tyler's home studio in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The songs were a backlog of material reflecting the four years Tyler spent living in San Francisco. The straightforward, "no frills" arrangements paired with Tyler's introspective lyrical style immediately caught the attention of local promoter and radio legend Sleepy John. He invited the group to perform live on his show at KPIG radio station, and soon after had them booked at the historic Santa Cruz jazz hub The Kuumbwa, opening for traveling "folkster" John Craigie.
In May 2012 the group set out to record their debut full-length album. After considering multiple local recording studios, they at length decided to track the record themselves at Tyler's studio in hopes that the less intimidating and time-crunching environment would lend itself better to achieving the exact sound they were after. Two months later, they emerged with both a massive mental hangover and the final tracks for the record "Cabin Fever Blues".
The release show was held at Don Quixote's International Music Hall in Felton and was a tremendous success. They packed the house and had the privilege of sharing the stage with their good friends and musical allies The Coffis Brothers. Now, with record in hand and a slough of successful shows behind them, the group has set their sights on new material and a west coast tour in Summer 2013 in support of their new album.
Within their first year and a half The McCoy Tyler Band has performed regularly throughout the Bay Area, including shows at such notable venues as Kuumbwa Jazz, Don Quixotes, The Catalyst, and Moe's Alley. They have also performed in San Francisco, Tahoe, and Sacramento. They have gained recognition and support locally with the help of radio legend Sleepy John and Snazzy Productions as well as had the privilege to perform live and receive airplay on 107.5 KPIG and 88.1 KZSC.
Rooted deep in the customs of American folk music, The McCoy Tyler Band seeks to pay homage to such traditions while incorporating their own unique style of lyricism, instrumentation, and performance. Their motto (in the words of David Grisman): "Any tradition results from free thinking."