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Christmas Night

by Tyler Gilbert

Tyler Gilbert credits his very philosophical father for inspiring the deep thinking of his lyrics, which are driven thematically more by social observation of human interaction and spirited storytelling than self-centered romantic expressions.
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As far as accolades go, Calgary born, Saskatchewan based singer/songwriter Tyler Gilbert has been nothing short of an indie sensation since releasing his 2008 debut EP Vos and its full length follow up The Re-Session (2009). He’s done national tours all over his native country, from Vancouver and Edmonton to Toronto and Montreal; performed at countless major festivals, including the Canadian Country Music Award Festival and Canadian Western Agribition; done national tours of the U.S. Midwest; and performed live on Global TV and CTV while his music hit the playlists of top stations all across Canada.

But behind the scenes, there are always those darker challenging realities that any indie artist faces in building a great career – those moments when anything that could go wrong along the way, did. As Gilbert explains in his liner notes, the title of his latest album OK Murphy is his way of acknowledging that there are always bumps in the road – and Murphy’s Law may have prevailed in the past, but no longer. Like, “Ok Murphy, you won this round, but now you’re on the sidelines.” The future couldn’t be more vibrant as Gilbert finds the perfect balance on the 13 track set between the acoustic folk/rock of his past and the electric-driven rock direction he continues to gravitate to.

“Break Free,” the single from his 2011 album Tyler’s World, premiered on Global Regina TV in his hometown of Regina, Saskatchewan, while the collection itself won him the Rawlco Radio’s 10k20 grant. OK Murphy has already spawned two popular singles, with “Continuously” playing on A/C Commercial Radio and “Mornin’ Sunlight” going to full-format country radio. Previously, Gilbert also appeared on Shaw TV’s “Stripped Down”, CTV Morning Live, Global and ID Discovery Ch “Deadly Intent.” WWF Earth hour chose a line of his lyrics to use for their earth hour anthem in the spring of 2012. He has shared the stage with such names as Charlie Major, Sean McCann(Great Big Sea), Wyatt, Jeremy Fisher, Ken Hamm, Pare, and Sam Bradley. Gilbert was also recently endorsed by Clayton USA picks.

Gilbert credits his very philosophical father for inspiring the deep thinking of his lyrics, which are driven thematically more by social observation of human interaction and spirited storytelling than self-centered romantic expressions. The buoyant musical energy of “Morning Sunlight” perfectly complements the story of how his young nephew embodies the innocence of children who live for the moment without worries of tomorrow. Favoring songs about “underdogs and the little guy,” Gilbert is at his most thoughtful and insightful on the piano and strings driven drama “The Letter,” about the way people can ruin someone’s good reputation simply by disseminating untrue nasty words. Gilbert’s favorite tune is the multi-tempo, banjo-filled romp “Lady of the Mountaintop,” about a petty thief from Nevada with the law on her tail who finds refuge and a desire for a more normal life in the Rockies.

“The earliest demos I made when I was a teenager were mainly driven by the acoustic sound I still have today,” he says. “At one point, I formed a band and we had a hard rock sound which eventually got softer, which led to the Vos EP, which had a mix of alternative and Southern rock. After that project, my sound became primarily acoustic again on The Re-session and my 2011 album Tyler’s World. When I began working on OK Murphy, I had a rockier album in mind, but still wanted to include my acoustic standby, and it turned out with a nice blend of the two. OK Murphy, which blends characteristics of soft alt rock, twangy rock and acoustic, is kind of a first glimpse of the direction of my future albums.”

In 2015, Gilbert will be releasing his next project, the rock oriented The Montana Kid (a reference to his Montana born father). He will be doing his first California tour up and down the coast in March and April.



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