Guitarist William Tyler has toured and recorded with acts as diverse as Lambchop, Wooden Wand, the Silver Jews, Bonnie Prince Billy, Candi Staton, Charlie Louvin, and Rhys Chatham. Born and raised in Nashville, Tyler is the son of Dan Tyler, a lawyer-turned-Music Row songwriter whose chart credits include hits with Eddie Rabbit, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, the Oak Ridge Boys, Kenny Rogers, and LeAnn Rimes.
The younger Tyler's first recording band was the Paper Hats, who cut two albums: 2004's Come and See and 2008's Desert Canyon. In 2010, his first track as a solo artist, "Between Radnor and Sunrise," appeared on Tompkins Square's Imaginational Anthems, Vol. 4 compilation, followed almost immediately by his universally acclaimed album Behold the Spirit.
Tyler continued touring as a solo artist and working as a session musician. His sophomore effort, Impossible Truth, was released by Merge in early 2013 and over the next couple of years, he continued touring as a headliner and opening for other artists, including Hiss Golden Messenger. He also appeared on the band's Haw (2013), and The Lateness of Dancers (2015). During a sabbatical in Oxford, Mississippi, Tyler began writing new material based on what he felt was either lost or vanishing in American music. He decamped to April Base Studios in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and began cutting basic tracks for an album. His session players included Phil Cook, bassist Darin Gray, and percussionist Glenn Kotche. The project was completed in Nashville. Recorded and mixed by Jon Ashley, and co-produced by Tyler and Brad Cook, Modern Country was released in mid-2016. ~ Thom Jurek