Tyler Gregory
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Tyler Gregory

Lawrence, Kansas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | INDIE

Lawrence, Kansas, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Folk Singer/Songwriter


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"Autistic, blind boy has heart-warming moment with street musician Tyler Gregory"

A video of an eight-year-old blind and autistic boy named Jacob having a moving moment with street musician Tyler Gregory in downtown Lawrence, Kansas, has gone viral and changed the life of the busker forever.

"It was an ordinary day, walking to my regular spot to busk when I don't have a gig that night, and play music on the corner for a rotating crowd," Gregory wrote in response to the amazing occurrence on his website. "When Jacob came over I felt excited about having another kid listen to the music."

Playing for children is something that Gregory enjoys, however, seeing Jacob's reaction to his music was so intense that it made the guitarist very emotional by the end of the song. The connection between the two is evident as Gregory plays and Jacob sways to the song and approaches the musician to participate by placing his hands on the guitar.

"I felt so much energy coming off of him and I was completely overwhelmed," Gregory said. "His hand on my leg was very powerful and about brought me to tears while playing."

In addition to the incredible connection that was established in a matter of minutes between Jacob and Gregory, there has also been an overwhelmingly positive response to the video that has boosted traffic on the musician's website and in CD sales.

"It brightens my day when I sell a CD online," Gregory admitted. "I usually hope for a couple a week to help out with rent, bills, etc. For 15 people to visit my website in a day is an unusual day. I can't even grasp that 6,000 people have been to my website today. It's not processing quite yet."

In addition to purchasing Gregory's music, viewers have left messages of gratitude for the artist, writing comments like, "My son is autistic as well and most of the time people ignore him if he is lucky or give him odd stares otherwise. Thank you for treating this young boy so well. I am sure it meant a lot to him and his parents as well."

In the video's description on YouTube, Jacob's parents have also expressed their sincere thanks, writing to Gregory, "Thank you so much for letting Jacob feel the music!" - Yahoo! Music

"Tyler Gregory refuses to go on strike"

Earlier this year, the Lawrence musician Tyler Gregory collapsed in a field somewhere in Missouri. A cloud of black-powder smoke hung in the air above him. A man who sometimes plays washboard in Gregory's band had invited him to come along for a brief Civil War tour, and a re-enactment of the 1864 Battle of Plattsburg was in progress. Gregory was mocking death. "You can just choose when you're dead," Gregory says, shooting pool in downtown Lawrence. "And I figured, you can't go wrong with sitting by fires and shooting black powder all day, right?"

The experience gave him the name of his recently released third album: Before the Black Powder Strikes. The nostalgia of Civil War re-enacting also nicely jibes with the 23-year-old's busker persona. He has the voice of a middle-aged bluesman and the beard of a mountain man, and he's known for playing acoustic guitar on downtown Lawrence sidewalks. But Gregory is no panhandler. He's more of a self-employed traveling salesman who just happens to be peddling music. He's constantly writing, booking, promoting. His Internet profile is well-manicured. His e-mail and voice mail are appended with booking information.

"Every day for the last week and a half, I've had shows," he says. "I make my own merch. I'm a businessman. It pays the bills."

Gregory's entire body of work, up to now, has been an unglamorous journey — at least the way he tells it. After hearing a Woody Guthrie album of his father's, he quit playing in his Wamego, Kansas, high school metal band. "I feel that both metal and roots music have a sense of passion from the live performance, but it was the storytelling aspect of folk and roots music that really grabbed me off-guard," he says. "Maybe every five years, I'll go back and forth, folk to metal. As long as I'm playing, I'm happy."

Gregory considers Before the Black Powder Strikes his first legitimate album, though he has two prior informal releases under his belt. The title track is based on living on the streets of Lawrence. "I found myself dwelling in different areas of the city, until the sunrise, with different groups," he says. "You certainly learn the ins and outs of the city."

Gregory's neo-hobo aesthetic includes a broad knife, which he carries. But his jolly self-awareness counterbalances his anachronistic aura — both his personality and his recording doggedly strive for a kind of timelessness. The songs are full of insecurity, heartbreak and invisible people, and not romanced with self-importance or drunken revelry. "I have a true passion for each and every song," he says. "Every time I sing one of these tunes, I get drawn back to that certain time."

Gregory is not a total loner; he's had several different backing bands, and the new album features washboard, mandolin and upright bass. Johnny Kay, of Adam Lee & the Dead Horse Sound Company, helped him master Before the Black Powder Strikes. "Every­thing today is effects, so it's hard to re-create these kinds of songs in the studio," Gregory says. That's a pretty vague statement for a modern musician — which, of course, Gregory is not. Still, there's no end in sight. Of his chosen profession, he says, "You can be doing this stuff in your 80s," something he seems to expect to do. - The Pitch


Very excited to start recording my new album, "Roots Below" next week! It's been a long wait and I couldn't be more happy to be releasing this record under the label, Mudstomp Records! They have revamped and are on a new path towards great things. Keep an eye out good folks, there's a lot happening in the near future â€‹



I am a singer/songwriter mixing influences including roots, soul, folk, and rock. Music is my passion, my time, and my desire. I love to write music and enjoy sharing the stories with others. I love the many different intimate settings that music and other arts have to offer. Whether it be the gathering of a crowd in a small place, or sitting back alone on the porch playing tunes with a storm settling in, it is all very beautiful to me.