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Tim Tyler

London, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2014

London, Ontario, Canada
Established on Jan, 2014
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"Reaney's Pick: Tim Tyler"

As the song goes, it takes a lot to laugh, it takes a train to cry.

Woodstock bluesman and drummer Tim Tyler travels the train song genre with Fast Train. Tyler is heard playing it solo, in unplugged mode, on this week's Reaney's Pick video.

Tyler and his band are likely to revisit Fast Train when Tyler, as a singer, songwriter and guitarist, launches his indie album Bittersweet at Rum Runners on Friday night.

As the tracks, all Tyler originals, progress, the mood of Bittersweet changes, too. Being the second track, Fast Train is a downbeat item, with happy times waiting for later songs.

"The blues is different things to different people," Tyler told a Tillsonburg weekly recently. "To me, it's just like music from the soul and really kind of like a celebration of good times."

Helping Tyler with the project is a fellow drummer, Ted Peacock. Bittersweet was engineered, mixed and produced by Peacock at his London studio with Tyler as co-producer. Andy Magoffin mastered the album at his House of Miracles operation. Tyler plays drums, guitars and sings on the album.

Peacock drums on one track, Fast Train. He will be in Tyler's band on Friday, along with bassist Ryan Spong, keyboard player Mike Bonnell and guitarist Dan Fawcett.

"It's great. The 'communicado' is much better," Tyler said Tuesday of working with Peacock as his drummer.

"Special thanks to Ted for his devotion to this project," say the album credits.

Tyler, 43, arrived in London when he was about 19 from his hometown of Sault Ste. Marie to find work in music. Over the years, he's played with Hamilton-area rockers Ray Lyell and The Storm and London outfits Uptown Blooze and the Village Blues Band.

Now, he's stepping out from behind the drums for Bittersweet.

"In true musician fashion, I'm saving money by assembling them myself," Tyler said of the CD packages.

IF YOU GO

What: CD launch for album Bittersweet by Woodstock bluesman Tim Tyler and his band.

When: Friday, doors open at 9 p.m.

Where: Rum Runners (London Music Hall complex), 178 Dundas St.

Details: $5. Visit or londonmusichall.com or call 519-432-1107.

E-mail james.reaney@sunmedia.ca, read James's blog or follow JamesatLFPress on Twitter. - JIm Reaney


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Singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist, Tim Tylers music is rock with elements of Americana throughout. (Quote from Nick Blagona)

Tylers vocal style has been compared to such greats as, Sly & the family stone, Doyle Bramhall Sr & Jr, Stevie Ray Vaughn & Ray Charles to name a few.

Tim has been playing drums and singing since he was 10 years old. He cut his teeth, in grade school playing in the school bands as well as competing in musical and singing competitions. Once in High school Tim Tyler began playing drums in the Pit for the Sault Opera Society, The Musical Comedy Guild and in numerous Rock N Roll and Punk Rock bands.

Working with true professionals on this album was living the dream. Its been a long hard road to get here but Im more than ready to fire up the band and tour this album

In Tylers 20s he played drums in many different bands, including a signed recording act that toured across Canada and parts of the US.

Thirteen years ago, Tim suffered a severe injury to his right foot, involving followed five years of rehabilitation to help him walk again.

During his time of rehabilitation, Tim Tyler taught himself to play drums left-handed to his normal right-handed set up. Feeling his future success as a professional drummer was going to be a tough hill to climb, Tyler turned his trauma into reinvention. Years of determination, discipline and long hours, all day and every day, Tyler became a self-taught guitarist and singer songwriter putting him front stage as a front man. Rising Up and reinventing himself, Tim Tyler is now working as a solo artist as well as with his band.

In 2011, the first Tim Tyler album Bitter Sweet was released. This debut Album revels that not only is Tyler a multi-talented musician but a fully-fledged artist; from composing, writing, singing, preforming back ground vocals, and playing most of the instruments on the Bitter Sweet album. The album was influenced by the rock, soul and blues music to which he grew up listening to. The Bitter Sweet album was co-produced by Tim Tyler and Tims long time friend and live drummer Ted Peacock.

2013 Tim Tyler produced and released his sophomore album titled Rise UP. Combining Tylers songwriting, vocals, guitar and drums with the mixing expertise of Juno award wining Nick Blagona, background vocals by singer/songwriter Sarah Smith and bass played by Ryan Spong; has lifted the bar quite a few notches.

Tim has played all over Canada at concerts, bars, cafes, everywhere he goes, people have a great time. If you would like to book him for your next event, please use go to the Bookings link on our menu!

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