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The Center for the Arts OnTheGo Presents Tyler Rich Opening: Temecula Road
Friday, August 23rd, 8PM
Foothills Event Center
400 Idaho Maryland Rd. Grass Valley, CA
Doors: 7:00 PM, Showtime: 8:00 PM
General Admission: $25 members, $35 general public
presented with support from Sierra Central Credit Union
Thank you to our Show Sponsor Sierra Central Credit Union
Tyler Rich’s New single “Leave Her Wild” released on May 13 is noted by NY Country Swag as “Rich beautifully articulates the importance of always remembering the little things you loved about your person, and to always allow he or she to stay true to themselves.” Tyler shares “’Leave Her Wild’ is one of my favorite songs I’ve ever written, and I’m so excited to get to share it with the world! Sabina is truly the inspiration, but it’s cool to see how fans are already connecting out on the road. I wrote this song about truly loving somebody for who they are and not trying to change them. So many times, we have our own ideas about how someone should be living their life, rather than just supporting them for who and what they are. If you’re gonna love her … leave her wild.”
For the Yuba City (small farming community near Sacramento) native who splits his time between Nashville and Los Angeles, where his fiancée lives, “The Difference” is his long-awaited introduction to Country radio – a moment he’s been working towards since first playing various genres with his band in high school. While grinding on the road in the early days, Tyler also kept a steady gig at Red Robin where he rose up the corporate food chain. Becoming some of his first fans, Red Robin gave Tyler and his band members all-you-can-eat gift cards so they wouldn’t starve while struggling to make it big.
“My first concert was George Strait at Arco Arena in Sacramento when I was eight. My mom was big into Country, so when I was riding around with my mom in the car it was Clint Black, Vince Gill, Garth, George,” he recalls. “My dad would listen to Tom Petty, Creedence, Pat Benatar so it’s cool to have both of those influences in my sounds now.”
Music is part of Tyler’s bloodline. “My uncle would play at these holiday parties, any get togethers we ever had with our family. He and his friends would get their guitars and just play cover songs,” he says. “I told my grandma I need to be a part of this, I need a guitar. So, for Christmas, when I was 14, she bought me a guitar and then my uncle and my buddy taught me to play a couple of songs so I was just jamming.”
Growing up around all styles of music – the first four songs Tyler learned on guitar were Ben E. King’s “Stand My Me,” Garth Brooks’ “Friends In Low Places” and songs from Blink 182 and Metallica – he was comfortable in multiple genres, which led to years of covering songs and writing Pop songs.
But when given the opportunity four years ago to be a solo artist he knew it was finally time to explore his Country side.
“I said, ‘If I’m gonna be a solo artist I want to explore Country,’” he recalls. “I was in Santa Monica sitting with these two guys from Giant Lion Productions – who I still write with today – Mike Mac and Jordan Baum, and they were like, ‘Show me what you got.’ I played them three half songs I had written and they said, ‘This is all you’re ever allowed to do. If anybody ever told you differently they’re stupid and they’re wrong. This is the only thing you’re ever allowed to do and we hope you’ll do it with us.’”
Tyler began testing his Country music chops online where he gained a huge following. One of his biggest fans included another hot Country newcomer, Dustin Lynch, who saw him singing his hit song “Mind Reader” on Instagram before inviting Tyler to Nashville for a meeting. That lead Tyler to a management deal and the momentum hasn’t stopped.
Shortly thereafter he made the permanent move to Nashville. For Tyler it was another gut instinct call. But those have been paying off for him for years, like the six-figure job he turned down straight out of college to give music a final try.
“I went back to college, graduated, I have a bachelor’s in Economics and got a job offer from a financial investor. I graduated with honors, not because I’m smart, but because I tried really hard to impress my grandma. I promised her I would get my degree,” he says. “It was crazy because as a poor college student with a ton of debt now I was offered this prestigious job. I sat there and I politely declined. I promised myself when I graduated I was gonna go back to L.A. and give it another shot.”
His faith in his music is being rewarded with a hot new single that is set to finally bring him the career he wants. And Tyler wants it all. “This is our key to the door that opens everything,” he says. “Writing and listening to songs this last year with my team, we really narrowed down what we believed that perfect song was going to be to launch this. And when I say launch it’s because our plan is to reach the top. We want to play stadiums. We think this song will be the one that does it.”
Called out by The Huffington Post as one of the top new country artists to watch and named after the town they grew up in, Temecula Road (comprised of sisters Emma, 18, and Maddie Salute, 17, and longtime friend Dawson Anderson, 18) are known for their trademark harmonies and their covers which have earned praise from Carrie Underwood, Brett Eldredge, Dan + Shay and RaeLynn.
These days, it’s their original songs that are putting them on the map. Their first two singles “What If I Kissed You” and “Hoping” already have over 1MM streams on Spotify and the trio just released their new single “Everything Without You.” This year saw Temecula Road make debut performances at C2C’s Country Music Festival in London, Stagecoarch Music Festival and the CMA Music Festival where they performed on the Radio Disney Country stage. Earlier this year, the band was named one of Radio Disney’s NEXT BIG THING artists and were nominated in the “The Freshest! – Radio Disney Country Best New Artist” category at this year’s Radio Disney Music Awards, putting them in great company alongside Maren Morris, Lauren Alaina and Old Dominion. On the touring side, Temecula Road have opened for Martina McBride, Josh Turner, Joe Nichols, Easton Corbin, Lee Brice, Sara Evans, Kenny Rogers, and Eli Young Band.
See you Friday, August 23rd at Foothills Event Center
Thank you to our Show Sponsor Sierra Central Credit Union.