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Guitarist Tyler Grant Releases “Earth And Wood”

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Earth And WoodNational Flatpicking Champion Tyler Grant is an internationally recognized guitar virtuoso, songwriter, vocalist, producer and leader of the band Grant Farm®. He has announced the release of his latest bluegrass endeavor, Earth And Wood to AirPlay Direct. Tyler has appeared at most major US festivals and performed thousands of concerts and guitar workshops worldwide. He was an original member of the Emmitt-Nershi Band and a sideman for Abigail Washburn, April Verch and Adrienne Young.

Tyler has produced four solo albums and four releases by Grant Farm for his own Grant Central Records. The latest 2016 release, Earth and Wood, a triumphant return to Bluegrass, is Tyler's first Acoustic album since the acclaimed Up The Neck six years before. In 2016 Grant Farm released their most ambitious endeavor, "Kiss The Ground," a concept album for the working people, which debuted at #5 on the Relix/JamBand Radio Charts. The 2014 release, "Meeting on the Mountain," an inspired collaboration with the band Fruition, spawned the concept of the Meeting on the Mountain® LIVE Broadcast, a radio-style musical program, of which Tyler is host.

Here's a live version of the first track, "Last Day on the Job." That is the single he is currently pushing. Track 3, "Evening Turns To Ashes," has been catching on as well.

Tyler graduated from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 2000 with a Bachelors degree in Guitar Performance. After moving to Nashville from Southern California in 2003 he joined Adrienne Young's band and toured with her for nearly two years, acting as musical director and playing on her CDs "Plow the End of the Row" (GRAMMY Nominated) and "The Art of Virtue." In 2004 he joined Casey and Chris Henry and the Two-Stringers. In the fall of 2004 he toured China with Abigail Washburn and Friends and appeared on her "Song of the Traveling Daughter" CD. During the first half of 2005 he toured with phenomenal Canadian fiddler April Verch. Tyler revealed his talents as a singer and songwriter with his first solo album, "In The Light," released in June 2006 on FGM Records.

From 2005 through 2010 Tyler made hundreds of appearances across the country as a member of the Drew Emmitt Band and the Emmitt-Nershi Band, featuring the frontmen from two of the world's most popular Jam Bands: Leftover Salmon and the String Cheese Incident. Tyler played on "Long Road," the latest Drew Emmitt release, which reached #1 on the Relix/JamBand Radio Chart, and "New Country Blues," the outstanding release by the Emmitt/Nershi Band. In 2010 Tyler took a giant leap of faith and started a new band, Grant Farm. The sophomore release, "Plowin' Time," reached #2 on the Relix/JamBand Radio Chart.

While Grant Farm is his main project, Tyler fills his schedule on the side with guitar workshops, solo and Acoustic Bluegrass band performances under his own name.

Tyler took first place honors at the Rockygrass guitar contest in 2003, the Wayne Henderson festival contest in 2005, the 2008 New England Flatpicking Championship, the 2009 Doc Watson Guitar Championship at Merlefest and became the National Flatpicking Champion for placing first at Winfield in 2008. He has been an instructor at CalArts, Steve Kaufman's Acoustic Kamp, Rockygrass Academy, Augusta Heritage Center Bluegrass Week, Grand Targhee Music Camp, and recently completed a Flatpicking lesson series for the wildly successful JamPlay.com. He has been featured in Acoustic Guitar Magazine, Flatpicking Guitar Magazine and Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine. He lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, where he writes music, enjoys the outdoors, teaches, records for Grant Central Records and maintains family life amidst his busy touring and performing schedule.

Earth And Wood is a timely reminder that the traditional bluegrass roots of Colorado’s progressive music scene are still nourishing and well-fed. I’ve been a fan of Tyler Grant’s flatpicking for more than a decade now, and though the crew that accompanies him here are mostly new to me, I’m now a fan of their knowledgeable, creative musicianship too. But Tyler’s not only a player with a great blend of finesse and strength, he has a keen ear for a cool tune, and he’s a fine singer and songwriter, too—and that makes Earth And Wood a dandy new addition to anyone’s bluegrass library.” —Jon Weisberger

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