Photography?

Some of you have asked, "Who took the photos on the album?" That is an excellent question, and one that I shall answer today.

It seems like everyone is a photographer these days. In fact, back in the day, I made a little money shooting. I dabble, now. My FujiFilm X100S is my weapon of choice. With so many photographers,  I wanted to select someone who makes art, not just snaps pics of folks. My first choice was Cody Bess. He, on top of being a select photographer, is a talented cinematographer. Cody has a way with cameras. Go see his portfolio at codybess.com. His fashion stuff is killer. From Facebook and magazines, to concert posters and online interviews, I've used his stuff exclusively. This is not the first time I have used him, and it will not be the last.

We shot near his studio on one of the oldest streets in Houston, Sebine St - a hand laid, brick road from the early 1900s. We also passed near to one of the oldest, documented houses in Houston, dating back to 1866. Cody caught the vibe I was looking for in a flash, no put intended. 

If you are looking for a guy, he's your man. Just check out a sampling of who he has shot for, below!! I do NOT know why he has not added ME to this list.

Thanks, Cody!

Spring Recap

Nearly 4 months in to the release of The Devil Rides a Horse, and the hard work remains. Booking shows, raising awareness, shameless, self-promotion, emails, and Twittering. All the labor is not in vain.

A few highlights from the past few months were the radio performance and interview, reading Bob Langham's Examiner review, and playing a few house shows.

This year is my 20th anniversary of playing guitar and singing for folks like you. It some ways, it feels so new, and in large part, is due to the reception that you have given to The Devil Rides a Horse. As it seems to happen, a friend of a friend recommended me to a local DJ. Roark Smith, a Houston radio treasure, booked me for an on-air interview on his long-running show, Wide Open Spaces. All in the span of 2 weeks, "No One's Daughter," "God Wants Me Dead" and "The Devil Rides a Horse" would receive their first radio play, and I would do my first ever radio interview. 90.1 KPFT will always hold a soft spot in my heart for this reason. Frighteningly enough, I would know nothing about the interview going in: not how many songs I would play, not what we would talk about, or how long. I admit, this created a bit of concern. Leslianne and I hit the studio running, did a 50 minute interview, and played 4 songs. Including the never-heard-before, "Violet Jessop," about an 1800s cruise ship, stewardess. Roark is a pro, and made the interview smooth and entertaining. If you did not catch the show live, I'm afraid you'll have to take my word for it - their recording equipment failed that day. Roark invited us back for a second appearance on Wide Open Spaces. I will be sure you to keep you informed on the details.

Again, with the friend-of-a-friend reference, Bob Langham heard The Devil Rides a Horse and raved. He writes for the Examiner, a nationwide, entertainment/news source. I do not know if I am "entertainment," or "news," but the review made me tear up. He said that the response to the article was strong. If you would like a pro's perspective on the review, check it out here: http://exm.nr/1bp5lY9.

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There is a trend, albeit, nothing new, that suits me well - the house show. They are somewhat easier to book, with less red tape, smaller crowds, and interested listeners. I have played a few in the past couple months, and will play another one on May 25. Any songwriter is pleased with little more than interested listeners. From a performance standpoint, I have a list of favorite shows I've played, and they are all related to the audience. The last two shows have ended in an impromptu, question and answer, which I greatly enjoy. "What is your songwriting process?" and "What inspired that song?" are always welcome at a house show. Usually, the host provides some treats and drinks and folks gather around the living room. If you have the chance to attend a house show, do yourself a favor and find one nearby.

Spring has been great, and Summer is kicking off with a bang - a headlining gig at House of Blues Houston. Austin is providing The Reliques, a killer, folk-country, female duo for one of the openers. Along with a San Antonio, singer/songwriter, Lainey Wright. Then on to the first, full-band performance of The Devil Rides a Horse, in it's entirety! It's going to be a great night. Grab your tickets from LiveNation, here: http://bit.ly/1kNN5by. I would love to see you there.

 

Tyler

Release Day!!

I'll write more later, but I can't tell what a joy it is to release this record. The Devil Rides a Horse is not only a culmination of 18 months of pre-planning, meetings, songwriting, graphic design, phone calls, photo shoots, studio selection, emails, songwriting, recording, and editing, it is the fruit of YOUR labor. So many of you pre-ordered the album on IndieGoGo (see the project here) giving this record life. As an independent artist it is incredible to have this record paid for. I don't owe a record label, a credit card company, a music studio or producers. It makes this release even sweeter to have you involved. 

If you didn't have the opportunity to pre-order, it is available RIGHT NOW. Click any of these links for your favorite music supplier:

iTunes

Amazon MP3

Google Play

If you would like to take the extra time, leave a review. It helps. I hope you enjoy these songs as much as I do.

- Tyler

#TDRAH Update

What an incredible process this has been. It's certainly a labor of love; akin to raising kids. I spend time with them, I alter them where I can, accentuate the good parts, and try my darndest to cut the bad parts. Eventually, I push them out and show them off. I give them away and see what others can do with them in the studio. Essentially, they are no longer mine; they are printed on a disk and posted to iTunes. They are out of my hands and I have to trust my instincts. I love making records. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to do what I love.

Currently, we are in the mixing process. I say, "we," but I really mean Josh Moore is in the mixing process. All I do at this point is nod my head in agreement. Mixing is where you take all of the signals (bass guitar, vocals, many different drums, keys, electric guitars, acoustic guitars, percussion, lap steel, banjo, harmonica, more vocals, acoustic guitar, more drums, tambourine, etc.) and make them all the right volume. It's way more complicated than that. It's as much a heart science as it is an audio science, in my opinion.

I'll approve the mixes, then we'll pass them along to Bob, who will do the mastering. This is more science and a little less heart than before, but takes a keen ear and knowledge of how music affects the brain. It's very cool and this step cannot be skipped. It is also very complicated. I'm closer to being a woman, than I am able to master a record. Don't quote me on that, though.

My next email update will hopefully be an announcement on when The Devil Rides A Horse will be released! Keep your guns loaded.

Talk to you soon.

Tyler

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