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Tyler Rich returns to the Thirsty Cowboy stage on Saturday, November 19
Tickets are $12/Advance; $15/Day of Show (if available)
Better Than You're Used To Vip
- One (1) general admission ticket
- VIP early entry into the venue
- Meet & Greet with Tyler Rich
- Personal photograph with Tyler Rich
- Exclusive two-song pre-show performance and Q&A by Tyler
- Collectible Tour poster, signed by Tyler Rich
- Official Meet & Greet laminate
- Merchandise shopping opportunity before general doors
- Limited availability (75
Doors open at 7pm
Tyler Rich at 10pm
Billboard says Tyler possesses “a blue-eyed soul sensibility propelling his California-grown country,” and that doesn’t appear more evident than on the album’s closing track, a version of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” that says volumes about Tyler’s inclusive approach to Country music. The song has been part of his sets for years.
“When I sang in casino lounges, sitting at the corner of the bar playing background music, I had to figure out what popular songs I could make my own that would get me tips,” he says. “I came up with this Country-Bluesish rendition of ‘Billie Jean’ that I could count on to get me 40 bucks a night.”
Tyler considers Brooks and Keith Urban his two biggest Country influences, but they’re only part of an eclectic musical template that gives his album Two Thousand Miles its vibrant color. “Garth — along with Brooks & Dunn and the other ‘90s guys — sucked me in as a kid,” he says. “After I veered off for a while in high school, Keith brought me back.
“I feel like I can hear them as the common denominator in these songs, but then there will be tweaks like the Irish vibe in ‘Feels Like Home’ or ‘The Difference,’ where there’s maybe a little Jason Mraz in there. And the ‘Billie Jean’ cover hits my Bill Withers and Motown love. In my mind, Two Thousand Miles a collection of my varied playlist, with a Country character throughout.”
Raised in Yuba City, California, about 50 miles north of Sacramento, Tyler’s love of Country music began with a sold-out George Strait concert at ARCO Arena when he was 8. He idolized his Uncle Tim — “At any family function, he would be the guy who would show up with his guitar and play songs, getting everybody singing,” Tyler says — and he received his first guitar as a Christmas gift from his grandparents just before he turned 14.
Impressed by one of Tyler’s Instagram covers, Dustin Lynch encouraged the aspiring singer and slotted him on a four-month tour before Tyler ever got a record deal. Jon Pardi, who grew up in the same part of California and coincidentally was coached in football by Tyler’s Uncle Tim, also provided invaluable introductions and advice. As their friendship has grown over the years, Pardi also invited Tyler to open select tour dates.
“I had champions in my corner when they didn’t really have anything to champion,” Tyler says. “They were authentic friendships that turned into opportunities for a person randomly moving two thousand miles across the country.”
Tyler’s passion for animals followed him across the country. He rescued his Husky named Abby, who appeared in “The Difference” video, when he was 19 and she was a neglected puppy. A Samoyed-Husky mix named Max recently joined the family. Through his Rich Rescues initiative, he uses Instagram on tour stops to feature local animal shelters and encourage fans to adopt them. “Almost every animal we’ve featured has been adopted,” Tyler says. “It also helps my fans and me make a deeper connection because they’ll send me pictures and videos of their animals.”