Tyler Matthew Smith

Tyler Matthew Smith

 San Francisco, California, USA
BandRockWorld

Through the dynamic use of harmony and horn, Tyler Matthew Smith has created an inspiring blend of Rock, Soul, and World music.

Biography

Through the dynamic use of harmony and horn, Tyler Matthew Smith has created an inspiring blend of Rock, Soul, and World music. As a horn player turned troubadour, his songwriting comes from a unique perspective, with influences ranging from Steven Stills to Stevie Wonder, Bruce Hornsby to the Boss, and Jackson Browne to the Jackson Five. Tyler has coupled an eclectic musical style with rejuvenating lyrics that can't help but stir the soul.

Born in Nevada City, CA, Tyler grew up in a family and community that embraced the music and message of the 1960รข€™s. Though trained in classical and jazz styles, he cut his teeth playing along to family records, learning from Bobby Keys, Chris Wood, the cast of Blood Sweat and Tears, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Later he would pick up sounds from more contemporary horn players like Leroi Moore, Jeff Coffin, and Karl Denson.

After leaving the music industry for a stint in New York City politics, and a subsequent period of personal upheaval and reflection, Tyler was moved to create his first original compositions. These compositions then led him to take up music anew and pursue it full-time.

Tyler is currently touring the western states with an all star San Francisco-style jam band, and released his first LP, titled Hamdulillah, in October of 2011.

Discography

Hamdulillah, released October 14, 2011

Set List

A typical set consists of 10-15 original songs, with an occasional cover thrown in. Here is a sample of a recent live set:

Hamdulillah
Colors
All Over Again
Enough of Your Love
If I Let You Go
Power of a Smile
Shining Dancer
Waning Light
Mystic River
Wednesday's Song
All Night Long (Lionel Richie)