Wednesday October 25
TYLER BOOTH - Like Tyler Childers and Sturgill Simpson, Tyler Booth is a country singer from Kentucky with a fondness for old-fashioned sounds, but where those two artists were grounded in such Americana styles as bluegrass, Booth stuck to mainstream country. His fondness for honky tonk and barroom anthems placed him within the tradition of Alan Jackson and Randy Travis, his deep baritone croon sometimes recalling that of Josh Turner. Booth could spin these old sounds into something fresh, a knack that was evident on his 2021 EP Grab the Reins. A native of Campton, a town in Wolfe County, Kentucky, Tyler Booth grew up surrounded by music. His father Jason played in a band called Stitch Rivet with his twin brother Gene. The young Booth found inspiration in Stitch Rivet, originally playing rock & roll before being drawn to country, inspired by the music of Jamey Johnson. He continued to follow this path after enrolling at Morehead State University on a music scholarship. Booth's smooth vocal styling and original material grabbed the ear of songwriter Phil O'Donnell, who invited the fledgling singer/songwriter to sing a few demos in 2017. Shortly afterward, Booth self-released an eponymous EP produced by O'Donnell, a record that helped him establish an audience. Booth appeared on the national scene when he sang "Lost and Found" on Brooks & Dunn's 2019 Reboot album. That year he appeared on Brantley Gilbert's Kick It in the Ship cruise while also releasing the "Long Comes a Girl" single. In 2020, he signed a publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music and a record contract with Villa40/Sony Nashville, releasing three singles -- "Half a Mind to Go Crazy," "In God and Trucks We Trust," and "87 Octane" by the end of the year -- as well as a seasonal single called "Mary's Arms" that Christmas. Booth's productivity didn't slow in 2021: he released the single "Beautiful Outlaw," along with "Palomino Princess" and "Already Got One," the latter pair also providing the foundation for the EP Grab the Reins.