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Tyler Neal Band / Folk Family Revival / John Evans / Alex Culbreth

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TYLER NEAL BAND / FOLK FAMILY REVIVAL / JOHN EVANS / ALEX CULBRETH

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Tyler Neal Band

A song means many things to Tyler Neal. It’s a way to connect with the things and people that mean the most to him, a chance to exist in another world for a little while (be it another room or another planet), a journey inward to find his authentic self, and a journey outward to offer it to whoever might be receptive. He’s reaching out to others through music in the way Stevie Wonder, Derek Trucks, and John Coltrane have reached out to him. The Atlanta-based singer, songwriter and guitarist is coming off a two year stint in the last band Colonel Bruce Hampton ever led, and is now building his career, musical ethos, and first solo record around what he learned during that time: The ego is a lie, the moment is the truth, the true Tyler is the goal, and music is the way.

Tyler first began exploring music on guitar and drums, trying to emulate the Hendrix and Zeppelin hits he loved. He didn’t realize it until later in life, but he was also inspired by the gospel music he heard in church, more compelled by the spirit of a song than the technique. He found a mentor in drummer and composer Yonrico Scott (Derek Trucks Band, Royal Southern Brotherhood) who could see that the fire Tyler had for music needed fuel. Yonrico put words to many of the musical mysteries that had fascinated Tyler for so long, teaching him how to focus on rhythm (“the DNA of music”), and about the more conceptual aspects of songs – ways to compose, arrange and record that take a song from a set of lyrics and chords to a world unto itself. These were just a couple of the many revelations Tyler experienced under Yonrico’s wing, and he describes hearing Yonrico’s solo album Be In My World, and The Derek Trucks Band’s Roadsongs (on which Yonrico played) as “a musical rebirth.” Tyler then entered the orbit of Col. Bruce Hampton. He started going to Bruce’s shows at Northside Tavern in Atlanta, and Bruce invited him to sit in…(“Come play with us tomorrow. Bring a bongo and a tambourine.”) Tyler dutifully obliged, and was soon playing with the Colonel regularly, first on the almost comical bongos and tambourine, then a larger array of percussion, then guitar. When Bruce invited him to officially join the band and go on tour, Tyler had no doubt the path Bruce offered was the one he belonged on. He spent the next two years as lead guitarist for Col. Bruce Hampton & The Madrid Express. In how to relate to music and musicians, playing and travelling with Bruce was the deepest learning experience Tyler has had, affirming the Colonel’s belief that “the van teaches you everything.” Tyler says it instilled a set of musical ideals in him, “like when you grow up in a certain religion. It’s about how you listen for things. I’m not listening to how well people play, or skill, I just want to hear them. I want to play with people who play themselves. I relate to Bruce in a lot of ways, because he wasn’t really ‘good’ at anything except being himself.” Since Bruce’s unexpected death in 2017, Tyler has been leading his own band and working on his first album of original songs. Joined by Yonrico on drums and fellow Madrid Express alumnus Frahner Joseph on bass, the album is being produced by Tyler “Falcon” Greenwell of Tedeschi Trucks Band. Tyler always knew he had to play music but didn’t always know why. The first leg of his musical path has made it clear, music is not just a project but a need. Like Bruce always said, “there’s a gun to my back and I have no choice. I have to play music. I’ve tried to quit but the universe won’t let me.” This has become a mantra for Tyler, always reminding him to push ahead in the face of doubt, and believe in music as his best hope to meet his best self.”

Folk Family Revival

Wherever the Folk Family Revival plays, the ground underneath seems more a sanctuary than a stage. Sure enough, the Lankford family, Mason, Barrett and Lincoln, once filled a pew at a Magnolia, Texas church where the brothers became fast friends with their soon to be brother and lead guitarist Caleb Pace. They played rock’n’roll in church for a time until the congregation found them a little too wild for their flock. So the family dug up their roots from that place and headed home to the little shed next to their parents’ house, the blue house, where the brothers honed their craft.

Beneath many hours of cosmic contemplation, tempered through many hours more of pressure and concentration, the boys fashioned a sound; clear and righteous, bold and forceful, complex and simple at the same time. Mason’s lyrics ride the narrow edge of paradox and preaching, while the rumble of the band pulses with a fury of sacred rage. They’ve come to shake the windows and rattle the walls. They will go down fighting.

With their record releases thus far, 2011’s “Unfolding” and 2015’s “Water Walker”, the band of brothers’ music has evolved and left fans guessing with each rendition of their ever-changing sound. With their new record, “Electric Darlin”, released June 2019, one can appreciate the multi-genre direction they’ll take with their new sound.

Over the years, Folk Family Revival has opened for legends such as Willie Nelson, Lucas Nelson, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Hayes Carll, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eddie Money, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Merle Haggard, George Jones, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Suffers and Jon Foreman.

John Evans

John Evans

Alex Culbreth

Alex Culbreth

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