Alan Tyler and the Lost Sons of Littlefield
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"Homegrown country that kicks serious ass"

Alan Tyler and the Lost Sons of Littlefield

Hanky Panky HPR 006

Homegrown country that kicks serious ass

As frontman and chief writer of 90s Camden cowboys The
Rockingbirds, Tyler flew the flag for Brit country higher and for longer than almost anyone. But pages of positive press and high profile fans like Primal Scream or
Nick Cave failed to translate into big time success. Back with a new
band, he's lost none of his lyrical edge or innate understanding of the work of Gram Parsons, Merle Haggard or Johnny Cash.

There's a self-effacing wit to Cross-Eyed Country Man and Hat In
The Road, both understated strumalongs with nifty fiddle breaks, and some astute social commentary in Guns and Favourite Child. The album's centrepiece, Middle Saxon Town, is just pure genius, Tyler adapting the unwritten rules of American country songwriting to recall his own Home Counties
upbringing with toe-tapping charm. It's the sort of left-field curio that
could become a massive hit if someone smart at Radio Two started playing it incessantly.
Musical appreciation is becoming ever more fragmented, and the
blinkered public resistance The Rockingbirds met with a decade-and-a-half ago may not be such a hurdle to overcome today. Let's hope so, because Tyler's attractive approach to a long-established but intermittently derided musical form deserves the widest audience possible. The first essential album of the year.

Terry Staunton
(Record Collector magazine, Feb 2007) - Record Collector UK

"The Rockinbirds"

The Rockingbirds (1992)
“…is a beautiful record that could have been made any time in the last 20 years or the next century. …it may well make you want to go out, propose to strangers, tear up the gardens of people you want to snog, commit yourself to the sort of stupid gestures that are going to end up in heaven or a police cell.” PAUL MATHUR, MELODY MAKER
- Melody Maker


"Tyler is one of the best songwriters of his genre and era." TIM PERRY, THE INDEPENDENT - The Independent


“anyone previously touched by his voice – such warmth and tenderness and sincerity and longing – will want to purchase a copy. Or two…Another gritty noble swell. To be treasured, and always” ROSS FORTUNE, TIME OUT - Time Out, London UK

"The spirit of Willie, Waylon and the boys seamlessly re-located to little ole London Town."

Wranglers wearing Alan Tyler began his pioneering English country rock adventure back in the early nineties with his band The Rockingbirds. A couple of commercially successful albums and an impressive CV of festival (Glasto, Reading, Fleadh) and TV appearances (Jools Holland, TOTP) were not enough to keep that particular outfit together, but having been responsible for introducing English based Americana to many in the UK for the first time, Tyler has continued doggedly and has recently formed Alan Tyler & The Lost Sons of Littlefield (birthplace of Waylon Jennings) to realise the latest batch of songs from the man Tim Perry of the Independent called one of the best writers of his generation.

Continuing to mine a similar seam The Rockingbirds so successfully exploited, Alan Tyler & The Lost Sons of Littlefield is country rock, with the emphasis on the country. The key to this record not sounding derivative, or pastiche is Tylers ability to use the country medium to tell tales indigenous to England, particularly London. It is no small feat; almost every other attempt at this has failed miserably. Tyler has found the perfect blend of tribute and originality, none more so than on Middle Saxon Town, complete with its spoken word into, could have come from the pen of Merle Haggard were it not for the fact I doubt Haggard would really know what the District Line was, never mind be able to pull of the brilliant segue into T. Rexs 20th Century Boy for a couple of bars. This track, more than any other best evidences why this record works.

Elsewhere the listening experience is kept interesting, the bizarre organ solo on Cross Eyed Country Boy or the flanged guitar intro to the brilliant Guns which, in the context of this record, does not sound as crap as it did when David Allen- Coe did it thirty years ago. Tylers voice is also worthy of mention, it has that deep resonating timbre that can be heard in the likes of Johnny Cash and Guy Clarke, which when recorded properly (as it has been here) can have the hairs up on the back of your neck.

However, if nothing else on this record mattered, then Tyler would still justify Mr Perrys endorsement for the track Im Never Gonna Sing That Song Anymore, country pop perfection and the kind of thing George Jones would make everyone involved millions of dollars from I can hear it now. PG
- Americana Uk


The Rockingbirds - Eponymous, LP, 1992
Whatever happened to the Rockingbirds, LP, 1995
Rockingbirds R Us - EP, 1993
Faithful, Alan Tyler, 2002
The Blue Man EP, 1997
Alan Tyler and the Lost Sons of Littlefield (European release), 2006
Alan Tyler, So Far, (TBR, 2007)



Formed out of the ashes of London-based country rock heroes The Rockingbirds, Alan Tyler and the Lost sons of Littlefield continue to plough that very same furrow with equal alacrity. Its basis is in the cosmic American music of Gram Parsons: reaching out, however, to the roots of traditional music that inspired generations.

In Tyler and bass player Chris Clarke, the band has a country music pedigree that cannot be disputed. They released two critically acclaimed country-rock albums in the mid-nineties: “The Rockingbirds” (c. 1992 - Heavenly/Sony) and “Whatever Happened to the Rockingbirds” (c.1994 - Heavenly/Cooking Vinyl). Numerous appearances at Glastonbury, Reading and Cambridge festivals and TV performances on Top of the Pops and Later with Jools Holland cemented the band’s credentials and brought country music to many for the first time. An Alan Tyler solo record, “Faithful” (c. 2002 - Littlefield Records – Distributed by Proper) that featured Lost Sons Paul Lush on guitar and Jim Morrison on fiddle and mandolin, continued the country gene. The Lost Sons of Littlefield line-up was completed in 2004 when drummer Big Phil Vancouver (formerly with Thee Hypnotics, The Monochrome Set, The Raincoats) joined the band, and an eponymously titled record was released in 2006 on the Hanky Panky Label (European release only).

This is a band that loves to play country and honky tonk tunes by the likes of Johnny Cash, George Jones, Hank Williams, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson (and many more) along with their own songs. They have built a burgeoning reputation on the London scene with their exceptional live performances, capturing the hearts and souls of all those who hear them.