William Tyler: Guitar
“..layered, textured tracks that gleam with enough surface-level beauty to appeal to listeners who’d rather zone out than admire technical prowess.”-SPIN
“William Tyler demonstrated enviable faculties of both dynamics and timing” -Pitchfork
“A winner in the ‘best instrumentalist’ category of Nashville Scene’s Arts, Music & Culture Readers” -Poll/ Best of Nashville 2012
An axe. A six-string. Lucille. Whatever you call a guitar, William Tyler is its master. A Nashville boy through and through, Tyler first showed the world he could lay it down when he was a member of the band Lambchop. Word quickly spread about his skills, and he began picking up guest appearance on records, playing with artists like the Silver Jews, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Charlie Louvin, and Candi Staton.
In a day when there is an onslaught of reality shows searching for America’s newest singing prodigy, Tyler solidified his status as a rebel genius by striking out on his own and successfully creating a solo guitar career. His gifted and nimble fingers led to his debut album, Behold the Spirit, in 2010, which was heralded as “the most vital, energized album by an American solo guitarist in a decade or more.” The album gave him a cult-like following of refined listeners that value his artistry and devastatingly beautiful melodies. But don’t worry. You don’t have to be an expert to appreciate Tyler’s skill. You just have to have ears.