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Anthony Tyler


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"Yesterday's News Review"

Since last putting out original music from his hometown of Skaneateles, this singer-songwriter has: Moved to Rochester. Changed his name from Tyler Cole to Anthony Tyler. Became a technical writer for Xerox. Moved to Nashville. Written comic-books for Marvel Comics. Moved to Colorado. Moved to Maryland. Become a verterinary technician. Moved to Virginia. Become a comic-book store manager.

And all that in the new millennium.

Now Tyler has reconnected with his musical muse. He's moved to Baldwinsville and is working hard on a career retrospective, "Yesterday's News," which comes out September 19, and a new studio album tentatively titled, "Denouement," which he plans to have ready by May of 2007.

The first dozen songs on "Yesterday's News" capture Tyler with his big, showy, arena rock-style sound. Listen to "I Feel the Rain," and you can picture Tyler at the center of his personal wall of sound.

On "Runaround," he pairs catchy hooks with gritty vocals. "Call of the Wild" is an expansive piece that brings a happy Tom Petty soundscape to mind.

But the final three cuts, all previously unreleased, provide a neat glimpse into what's to come.

"Last Saturday (Father's Epitaph)" reveals a more mature perspective searching into a father-son relationship; "For Good" chronicles a sad parting with the realization, "Then you came down from our room/With no tears in your eyes/You lowered the boom." Cold, calculating and very real. Ouch.
- Syracuse Post-Standard

"Singer/Songwriter Returns Home"

Yesterday's Roots -Singer/songwriter returns to CNY

After stints in several cities throughout the country, singer/songwriter Anthony Tyler has returned to his CNY roots. Born in Auburn, Tyler grew up in Skaneateles and lived there for 30 years before moving to Rochester; Nashville, Colorado, Washington, D.C., Charlottesville, VA, and finally settling in Baldwinsville.

"Everywhere I went I said, 'That looks like Marcellus, that looks like Skaneateles, that looks like Baldwinsville,'" Tyler said of his travels. "I missed the area so I came back."

Sepember 19 marks the release date of Anthony Tyler's latest album titled "Yesterday's News." Tyler describes the work as a "retrospective of songs from 1988 until now. There are 15 songs, and everyone that has heard it and reviewed it has said the same thing. Tracks one through seven are full-blown arena rock. Tracks eight through 11 are pop. And tracks 12 through 15 are a mixed bag. The last three songs are new. No one's ever heard them. I've never released them."

Some of the songs on the album, however, may be familiar to those in the area, as his first two albums were released here in CNY under is given name Tyler Cole. He has since changed his name to Anthony Tyler and recorded over a dozen other albums, all of which have been independently produced and released.

"I've done all of it myself. It's always been on a label, but I own the label so it's truly independent," Tyler said, citing Ani DiFranco as a major influence both as an artist and as an independent force in the music business.

"Yesterday's News" is Tyler's 14th album, and the first release on his current label, What the-?! Records. A follow-up studio album titled "Denouement" is due out in April.

"I wrote most of the material over a year ago," Tyler said of the spring release. "This is going to be a return to some rock. I've been doing the acoustic singer/songwriter thing for a long time."

Although music has been Tyler's passion since the age of 4, his real aspiration lies in writing.

"I really want to write books," he said and added that he's been doing an "awful lot of writing" during his various travels.

"Yesterday's News" is available for purchase locally at Borders, Barnes & Noble, the Sound Garden in Armory Square, and online at and The album's songs will be available for download on iTunes. Tyler's new website,, should be up and running by end of this week. He is hoping to play some shows locally followed by a possible tour of the Netherlands. - Messenger

"The Voice is back"

The wait is over. The voice has returned.

Anthony Tyler, the artist formerly known as Tyler Cole, has finally released a CD of new music, after an 8-year sabbatical. Music fans, someone IS listening up there!

Shortly after the release of his 1995 album, Home, Tyler began working on new material. And I have to say that the new CD, Ignition, was really worth waiting for. From the upbeat opening instrumental title track through the moody “I Feel the Rain,” Ignition demonstrates the artistry that Tyler has long been known for. The lyrics are more mature than any of his previous work, and there is a range of instrumentals, including the poignant “Winter’s Lost Love” and the rowdy, countrified “Ruble’s Southern Currency.” His newest tribute to the music of the 50’s is “Call of the Wild,” a catchy pop tune with a message for everyone to take their shot.

Tyler’s return from hibernation also showcases several love songs, his trademark. “Back to Virginia” is a heartbreaking love letter, filled with vivid images of a journey taken too many times, and “The Dreamer,” a rare cover of an old Benny Mardones tune, sounds like something Tyler should have written himself. His rendition, with its soft guitar and lingering harmonies, is bound to tug at the heart of anyone who’s ever made a sacrifice for love.

The highlight of the album, however, would have to be “What I Once Dreamed.” The haunting opening and the elegant lyric are further proof that this guy should really be famous. Tyler sounds like no one else, ever. And considering that 95% of the music on the radio is equivalent to an aural migraine, it’s a shame that Tyler’s voice hasn’t carried him to stardom. Maybe this Ignition will light the fire and keep Tyler in the public eye for a while. Let’s hope so. - Live Wire Magazine


Don't Look Back - The EP: 1989
Black Cat: 1993
Home: 1995
Ignition: 2003
Life Alone: Re-issue of Black Cat (2004)
Home Again: Re-issue of Home (2004)
So Far...: Box Set (2004)
The Originals (2003)
Springspree Compilation (2003)
Yesterday's News: September 2006
Single from Yesterday's News: Runaround with nationwide distribution.


Feeling a bit camera shy


"Two parts Bon Jovi. One part Jim Croce. A splash of Peter Frampton...with a Lurch chaser."
~ Anthony Tyler when asked to describe his musical style.

Curious? Visit Anthony's official site

Skaneateles, NY is more than a summer getaway for the rich and famous, including former President Bill and Senator Hillary Clinton. It’s also the hometown of Anthony Tyler, a gifted musician and a force to be reckoned with. Born Tyler Cole when Skaneateles was just a small town on one of the smallest Finger Lakes in upstate New York, Anthony picked up a guitar at age 4. It was true love at first sight, touch, and sound. He started taking acoustic guitar lessons when he was only 5 ½ years old, and was teaching others by the ripe old age of 16.

In 1989, his debut album, DON’T LOOK BACK, won him the attention of the Syracuse music scene. After hearing that album, Curb Records recording artist Benny Mardones met Anthony (then Tyler Cole) in late 1989, and invited him to tour with the band. Tyler played a blistering lead guitar and provided some soulful harmonies for Mardones through the spring of 1993. The new year, 1993, offered Tyler a much-needed break, and ended with the release of his second CD, titled BLACK CAT. This was a hard-rocking hit, and the fans were ready. He and his band, the Midnite Renegades, promoted the CD on television and radio spots, and played to enthusiastic crowds of panting women and their fist-pumping men throughout the northeast.

Some personal experiences after the tour caused Tyler to return to his acoustic roots, without the band. The result was a third CD in 1995, called HOME, which was a series of poignant love letters to his family. Tyler appeared on several television shows, accepted offers to drop by radio studios, provided his playing and producing skills to numerous other artists, and toured the eastern seaboard in support of HOME. His earliest fans embraced the new, all-acoustic style, and people who’d never heard his name before listening to HOME were now filling the audiences. Everyone wanted to check out the sensitive, long-haired guitarist with the pretty, yet powerful sound and the breathtaking lyrics. Tyler was surprised to learn that while he was touring, HOME was being played in more than 45 countries around the world.

After a long absence, Tyler released his fourth CD in 2003, titled IGNITION, fans and critics agreed that it was worth the wait. He had changed his name to Anthony Tyler in the interim, and no one was sure what to expect. The album reflected the artists’ new approach to his music and his rededication to his first love, the acoustic guitar. His lyrics were more heartfelt than ever, his harmonies richer, and his melodies more mature. It was a much more complete sound, more polished without being pretentious.

With a catalogue of over 200 original songs, several guitars, some clothes, and a U Haul full of dreams, Tyler has been spreading the news. He’s currently promoting his September '06 release Yesterday's News along with the full-length CD, titled IGNITION, the re-release of his first three CDs as the REISSUED COLLECTION, the four-disc box set titled SO FAR…, and The Originals, which contains the first three releases of his career in one set. Tyler has also begun recording his next studio effort which shows an entirely different side to the musician with a different type of concept album. Scheduled for release in 2007, this album will continue Tyler’s rich tradition of bringing his brand of music to the masses.

Tyler has been affiliated with Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) for over 15 years, and is an Active member of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI).

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