“When I was in first grade, my teacher played an Elvis video for my class and at that moment, everything changed for me,” wrote Tyler Bryant in an email. “I knew I wanted to be a musician.”
For Bryant, music is life. And it all began with Elvis and a three dollar guitar his mom bought for him when he was seven. “But that was enough for me to play, and carry around, and pretend I was Elvis,” he said. “I even dyed my hair black and wore a gold lame jacket!”
Though this Elvis-inspired guitarist has been touted as a “guitar prodigy” and future “rock god,” by photographer Robert Knight — he’s also known as a small-town guy.
“I was born in Honey Grove, Texas, which is a small country town with a population of 1700,” explained Bryant, who moved from the “sweetest town in Texas” to Nashville, Tennessee at 17 to pursue his music career.
Since moving to Nashville, Bryant has written over 170 songs and has been busy working on his first album with his bandmates, Caleb Crosby, who plays drums and, Calvin Webster, who plays bass.
Despite the band’s small size, this trio knows how to have a good time and get pumped for shows. Before each performance they huddle together for a quick battle cry: “Small, but mighty!”
And if nightly shows, great new songs and a growing fan base aren’t enough, over the last year, Bryant has played with top acts like Heart, REO Speedwagon, BB King, .38 Special and Vince Gill. Did we also mention his upward trajectory has put him in front of legendary rock photographer Robert Knight in the documentary “Rock Prophecies?”
Looks like Bryant is not only shaking up the music scene, he’s also bringing back real rock. Nice!
To read more about Tyler Bryant — want to know his favorite candy? — check out the slideshow below!
Lipstick Wonder Woman
Restless, Wild & Free
Where I Belong
Tyler Byrant: "I was born in Honey Grove, Texas, which is a small country town with a population of 1700. So small, that there wasn't even a Wal-Mart or a movie theater. I'm talking small. But it was nice because I knew everyone.
People in Honey Grove are hard working and really friendly. I guess that sounds right since when you pull into town there is a sign that reads, 'Honey Grove. The sweetest town in Texas.'"
Tyler Byrant: "When I was in first grade, my teacher played an Elvis video for my class and at that moment, everything changed for me. I knew I wanted to be a musician.
My mom bought me a cheap little guitar for $3 with three strings on it. But that was enough for me to play, and carry around, and pretend I was Elvis. I even dyed my hair black and wore a gold lame jacket! I'd have to say that Elvis definitely got me started!"
Tyler Byrant: "Do I have to pick only two? Okay. The Rolling Stones and Lenny Kravitz."
Tyler Byrant: "Totally!! The band and I all get into a huddle. Hands in. Count to three. And we yell, 'Small, but Mighty!' (LOUD!) Then to calm ourselves down, we count to three again and say very quietly, 'Hobie.' Every show!!"
Channel One News: What do you do for fun?
Tyler Byrant: "I play guitar A LOT! A perfect day for me: Sleep until I wake up. Grab some lunch with a good friend. Hang out. Play guitar and write. Put on a live rock show!!!! (Oh yeah!) Then a late night hang after the show. That's what I call fun…"
Tyler Byrant: "M&M'S hands down!!!! Any day!!!! Good for eating and good for throwing. HAAA!"
Channel One News: What's next for you?
Tyler Byrant: "More Music! I've got a couple of really big shows coming up with Heart, Styx and REO Speedwagon. My band and I are going to keep touring, writing and recording. We're working really hard on finishing our first CD."