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Like A Metaphor

by Bartron Tyler Group

Extremely tasteful guitar-based instrumental rock band; an acoustic/electric fusion.
Genre: Rock: Instrumental Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Unsafe At Any Speed
BTG (Bartron Tyler Group)
3:57 $0.99
2. Stupid, But Lucky
BTG (Bartron Tyler Group)
2:03 $0.99
3. How They Eat In Heaven
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4:30 $0.99
4. Zuzu's Petals
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5:34 $0.99
5. Our Towner
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5:37 $0.99
6. Don't Let Me Down
BTG (Bartron Tyler Group)
4:43 $0.99
7. Gravity Assist
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5:16 $0.99
8. Plaid
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5:30 $0.99
9. Banana Leg
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7:23 $0.99
10. Song Of The Camco Whale
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0:42 $0.99
11. The Whale's Footprint
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6:30 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Short Bartron-Tyler Group Biography

For nearly a decade, the Bartron-Tyler Group (BTg) has inspired, grooved, and enlivened diverse audiences at festivals and concerts all along the West Coast. Bartron and Tyler's musical partnership began over 20 years ago in the San Francisco Bay Area. Years of playing in rock and cover bands followed before the focus shifted to the intricate structures for which BTg is known. In 1991, they premiered as a guitar duo, soon thereafter recording a disc at the prompting of Nashville producer and friend Bob Tassi. John Hasty joined forces to add percussive spice, building on the group to produce the next two critically acclaimed CD releases, "Fillmore Street Live" (1994), and "Leap Day" (1997). For the CD release concerts for "Leap Day", the band wanted to ground the sound with a bassist. The natural choice was Joey Fabian, with whom Hasty had already performed in diverse musical settings over the last four years. The roots that have been growing over the past 20 years serve as a strong foundation for the group's unique sound. Their latest release, "Like A Metaphor" (2002), showcases this new, fully realized quartet's amazing cohesion and flow garnered through four solid years of gigging.

Identity Crisis

"Barton-Taylor-Bartles and James, NO NO NO. Who would name their kid Bartron Tyler??" Geez. "What kind of music does BTg play?" Well, let's's rock, jazz, folk, Afro-Cuban, Celtic, bluesy, bluegrassy fusion. They just call it Hardwood. You can empathize with the problem of recognition in a cookie-cutter genre, one-word-moniker-for-ease-of-digestion world. Let's examine the individual components for clarity. John Bartron's fiery technique brings to mind images of Ralph Towner and the late Michael Hedges. Bartron's compositions are bristling with inventive melodies, twists, and theme and variation. Although he plays acoustic guitar exclusively, with the help of a well-equipped pedal board, he can create pastoral loops of infinite delight or violin-like notes that rise to the rafters. Mike Tyler, on a hybrid acoustic/electric guitar, gets tones as smooth as glass or as crunchy as Satriani. Hands down he is the best slide player to be heard today. His fusion-tinged compositions blow the player and non-player out of their seats. Joey Fabian, on electric and double bass, brings a solid musical background and lots of fun to the group's sound. Just to see him on stage is pure joy. He bridges the gap of melody and rhythm with power and grace. Pulsating underneath it all, is John Hasty. Playing one of the most bizarre looking drum kits ever assembled, he drives the dynamics of the band from a roar to a whisper. His set blends hand drums and kit to cover sounds from Africa to Zeppelin.
---------------- The Sound

With influences as diverse as the Dixie Dregs, Phish, King Crimson, Oregon and the Hellecasters, BTg has created a sound that is completely its own. Once you hear BTg you will understand. It's one thing to have wonderful recordings, but the other side is laying it down live. In concert, BTg leaves fans spellbound and wanting more. With great writing, kick-ass playing, and pristine recording, BTg has become a musical force that won't go unheard. Their sound is capturing new fans every day, from teens to their parents. With hundreds of shows and thousands of discs sold, the question is: why are they not as popular as the Monkees or free pancakes on Sunday?



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Dave Patterson

BTG is a cure for the common noise.
A guitarist/musician friend of mine suggested I check out the Bartron Tyler Group, and I'm soooo glad he did.

BTG performs a hybrid of acoustic/electric guitar instrumental music that embraces jazz fusion (a la Dixe Dregs), pop, blues, funk, world beat and progressive rock. This ain't no boring "fuzak" music...its bold, earthy and superbly performed. BTG is one of those rare groups that can write and perform instrumental music that will appeal to just about anyone. The musicianship is stellar, but not self indulgent. The music commands attention while remaining accessable and engaging. Although the two guitarists are the prominant focus of most tunes, the entire band shines. The variety of the material is great, and the CD is getting heavy rotation on my CD player. Great for work and driving, but best for listening with a glass of Shiraz and good headphones. Enjoy!

PS. Please come to Seattle, WA and do some shows!!!

Michael Molenda, Guitar Player Magazine

This is slinky, sexy, animated, and multi-textured instrumental music.
This is slinky, sexy, animated, and multi-textured instrumental music that effortlessly seduces listeners to undertake a journey of both comfort and surprise. While the CD played, I kept musing about awakening in a warm, sunny climate with some ravishing beauty who defined eroticism and sensuality. Not that this sort of thing has ever happened to me, but BTG’s music suggested what it might feel like if it ever did. The diverse and brilliant arrangements- which make evocative use of acoustic and electric timbres- are further enlivened by the exquisite tones and cagey phrasing of guitarists John Bartron and Mike Tyler. Everyone in the band (which also includes bassist Joey Fabian and drummer John Hasty) is obviously a good listener with a solid connection to the music and the idiosyncrasies of each player. For a moment of sublime beauty, check out ”How They Eat In Heaven,” and for a peek into the ingenuity and heart of the ensemble, listen to how the guys interpret the Beatles’ “Don’t Let Me Down.” If you’re like me, Metaphor will become one of those treasured Sunday morning CDs that always seems to creep into the rest of the week.