Blues/Rock Artist Tyler Boone Talks New Single “Wicked Girl”, Bourbon, Life, and So Much More!
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Blues/Rock Artist Tyler Boone Talks New Single “Wicked Girl”, Bourbon, Life, and So Much More!

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Tyler Boone is an independent singer, songwriter, entertainer, and bourbon aficionado! With nearly 10 million streams and experiencing working with major artists such as Sheryl Crow, Hootie & the Blowfish, Robert Randolph, Sublime with Rome, and countless others, Tyler Boone is taking the industry by storm with his signature down-home Americana vibe and a perfect marriage of both blues and alternative rock. He is also the founder of the award winning “Homegrown” Boone’s Bourbon based in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina.

His upcoming track, “Wicked Girl” is a true no-nonsense classic rock song that combines piercing guitar riffs with smooth vocals, and documents a toxic relationship. It was recorded and produced in conjunction with Peter Keys of Lynyrd Skynyrd. We were able to sit down with Tyler Boone ahead of the official release of “Wicked Girl” to talk about everything from music, bourbon, and to life as an indie artist. Check it out below:

Idols 2 Rivals: What inspired you to start music?

Tyler Boone: Bringing a perfect marriage of both Americana & Blues Alt Rock & has been self releasing music since 2012. Whether it’s a blistering full band performance or an intimate songwriter showcase, Tyler’s music catalog is well equipped to over deliver the two. He’s never been the one to stick to trends and plans on always making it about his music first before being concerned about being told what to sing & perform about. I was inspired as a young kid to get into music like most in the 90’s and early 2000’s by MTV. I was on an out of town weekend field trip and I remember turning on the TV and Blink-182 “Feeling This” was on and I was immediately obsessed. Shortly after that I went through my heavy metal phase and then I landed on blues music, with artists like Stevie Ray Vaughn, Doyle Brahmhall II, Gary Clark Jr., Eric Clapton, John Mayer, Hendrix, B.B King, and so many more.

I2R: If you weren’t doing music what other career do you see yourself doing?

TB: I honestly have no idea…I could never get a real job after graduating from college. The only reason I have any career is because of music. Thank God for that.

I2R: What do fans of yours have to look forward to in the near future, are there any surprises to come?

TB: I am working on a full length record this year. I am so very excited and honestly I’ve never done a full length, always EP’s & singles, I can’t wait. I am also releasing a beer later this year with my bourbon “Homegrown” Boone’s Bourbon brand with Holy City Brewing in Charleston, SC.

I2R: When you’re working, what inspires you or what do you draw inspiration from?

TB: The biggest inspiration I ever get is when I’m at my highest of “highs” or lowest of “lows” if life is just cruising, there’s nothing to pull from. Especially when you write a lot of music related to the blues…

I2R: Is there any advice you would like to give your younger self for coming into the music industry or something to help the songwriting/producing process?

TB: The only advice I would give myself as the younger version of me is to enjoy the ride. I am always on the move 110% all the time, but sometimes don’t enjoy the good moments as much as I should.

I2R: What’s the meaning of your track “Wicked Girl”? What was it like working with Peter Keys from Lynyrd Skynyrd?

TB: “Wicked Girl” is exactly what it sounds like…I was in a bad relationship with someone in the past and it consumed all of my time, money, energy and basically just my well being…my life got amazing when I got on the other side of it and couldn’t be happier. Peter Keys from Skynyrd is amazing. He is also one of my clients with Artist Formula Record Group and I hope we keep working together. We did this in the “covid” fashion of just sending tracks back and forth and laid down some amazing B3 organ in his home studio in Nashville. We still haven’t met but I bet that’ll change in 2022.

I2R: What are your plans for the rest of the year?

TB: My plans are only a few shows this year…June 4 at the Troubadour here in Los Angeles is the big one. I’m presenting a massive show titled “The Hollywood Jam” with Ryan Sickler (comedian) with a whole handful of other comedians and then my band will close it out for the evening. When I sponsored and hosted a sold out show at Jam in the Van last year, I became obsessed with live comedy, so this is our version of that. Of course presented by “Homegrown” Boone’s Bourbon and my partner Nolan Walsh of Red West Concerts. Other than that, we are about to open up Boone’s Bourbon to investors publicly, our big release with Holy City & my full length record. I’m sure a few more shows will be added this year but my main project is this album.

I2R: Are you looking to stay independent under your label Artist Formula Record Group?

TB: I love being an indie and I get to work with artists all over the world promoting and releasing their music with the methods we developed under Artist Formula. It’s a huge feeling that artists come to me to figure out how to release their music and grow their career…huge amount of flattery there. I did actually have a record label deal last year and it was a horrible experience. I made them thousands of dollars and then I had to buy back MY MUSIC for thousands. I would love to work with a big label one day but the deal just has to bring more to the table then what I already bring to it.


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