Tyler Morris

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Tyler Morris
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Morris in February 2016
Background information
Born Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Origin Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Genres Blues, Blues Rock, Rock, Classic Rock, Hard Rock
Occupation(s) Composer, guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer, pianist
Instruments Guitar, Piano
Years active 2009–present
Associated acts Bob Margolin, James Montgomery, Joe Bonamassa, Walter Trout, Aerosmith, Buddy Guy, Joe Perry, Van Halen, Slash, Gary Hoey, Samantha Fish
Website www.tylerdmorris.com

Tyler Drew Morris is an American professional guitar player who was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Morris has performed with Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai, Walter Trout, Jimmy Vivino, Gary Hoey, Sammy Hagar, Brad Whitford Leslie West, Rudy Sarzo, Vince Neil, Joe Vitale, Johnny Winter, James Montgomery, David Hull, Phil Collen, Fred Coury, Bob Margolin, George Lynch, Bruce Kulick, Jason Becker, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Ronnie Montrose and others. Morris does demonstrations for Fishman Electronics, Dean Guitars, and REVV Amplification among other companies at the annual summer and winter NAMM shows.[1] At the age of 15, Morris wrote his first studio album, And So It Begins. This album was later featured in Guitar Player Magazine, Vintage Guitar Magazine, Premier Guitar Magazine, Heavy Riff Magazine, Korea Guitar, and other worldwide media outlets.[2] He has performed at venues including Mechanic's Hall, The Larcom Theater, Tupelo Music Hall, The House of Blues in Los Angeles, B. B. King's Blues Club in New York City and in West Palm Beach, The Miami Beach Bandshell, The Regent Theater, The Cutting Room, The Hard Rock Cafe and many other venues all across the United States.[3]

Career[edit]

Early life[edit]

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Morris was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and was brought up in Sharon, Massachusetts, for the first 9 years of his life. He initially took an interest in listening to blues and rock music at the age of 6. Tyler began focusing on the guitar as his primary passion at the age of 10. His family eventually moved to Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. He often cites his dad as the main source of influence in picking up the guitar. At age 11, he began performing regularly at the C-Note Blues club in Hull, Massachusetts. Eventually, Tyler branched out into other stylistic interests and became interested in Hard Rock, Classical Music and Jazz. Tyler soon began performing as a guest player at B.B. King's Blues Club in West Palm Beach, Florida.[4]

And So It Begins[edit]

Morris began writing music at the age of 13. By the age of 14, he began exploring the possibilities of releasing an album. When Tyler was 15, he recorded his first album, "And So It Begins". This album was released in late January 2015 and was featured in the February issue of Guitar Player Magazine. The album was later featured in HeavyRiff Magazine, Korea Guitar, Vintage Guitar and other media outlets.[5][6]

The Chaos Continues[edit]

In February 2016, Morris was selected to perform in the 2016 Guitar Gods Festival along with Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai, Nicko McBrian, Rudy Sarzo and others.[7] On June 14, 2016, Tyler's second album, The Chaos Continues, was on Tyler Morris Music Publishing ©.[8]

Next In Line[edit]

Tyler’s next album, Next In Line, was released on February 2, 2018 through the VizzTone label group and Redeye Worldwide distribution. For this album, Tyler worked with Grammy Award-winning producer Paul Nelson (Johnny Winter) and incorporated guest appearances by Joe Louis Walker and the Uptown Horns, as well as the core band of Scott Spray on bass, Tyger MacNeal on drums, Mike Dimeo on occasional keys, and Morten Fredheim on lead vocals. "Tyler continues to develop his signature sound — channeling a classic Blues mindset into modern Rock phrasing and syncopation."- Bratgirl Media[9][10]

Next In Line debuted at number 10 on the Sirius XM B.B. King's Bluesville top 15 charts and has stayed on the top 15 in its first three weeks so far. Next In Line is also currently number 1 on the ADP Worldwide Charts.[11]

"If you think young people are more into pop than rock these days, then say hello to Tyler Morris, an astonishing, 19-year-old prodigy. He breathes fresh new life into a bluesy, classic-rock sound that used to dominate the arenas and is still vital in the hands of an acolyte like Morris. He has diligently studied all the guitar greats from Eric Clapton and Freddie King, to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Kenny Wayne Shepherd. The result is an incendiary mix of driving, hard-rock hooks on such originals as "Ready to Shove" and the punchy "Truth." Tyler, who enlists the powerful Morten Fredheim to belt out most of the lead vocals, is remarkably skilled for his age. He wrote all the songs except for Stevie Ray's "Willie the Wimp" (sung by guest legend Joe Louis Walker) and sounds like a seasoned pro throughout. This is an album for anyone who loves old-school rock yet worries it is obsolete. It is very much alive here."

  • Steve Morse, former staff critic at the Boston Globe for 28 years, currently teaching Rock History at Berklee College of Music

The first time I heard Tyler Morris play I was astounded at how young he was & the vastness of his feel & lick repertoire. Plus... he could transition from one to the next with complete fluidity & no effort. I hate him. Hahaha.”

  • Phil X (Bon Jovi, The Drills)

“Tyler Morris is an exciting new talent that will be around for a long time!”

  • Danny Klein (J. Geils Band)[12]

Discography[edit]

  • And So It Begins (2015)
  • The Chaos Continues (2016)
  • Next In Line (2018)

Equipment[edit]

Tyler Morris uses Dean Guitars primarily as well as a few other brands. He plays a custom Dean Thoroughbred model primarily as well as various Flying V shaped guitars. He also endorses REVV amplifiers, Fishman Electronics, Seymour Duncan, Jim Dunlop, Floyd Rose, Supro, Pigtronix, KHDK Electronics, SoloDallas Schaffer Pedals, Jim Dunlop Products, Morley Pedals, Chromocast Neck Illusions, Fretlightz, Floyd Rose, Stage Ninja, Eventide, Eminence Speakers, Stone Tone Rock Blocks and Asterope Cables.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tyler Morris | And So It Begins..." Tyler Morris. Retrieved 2016-03-09. 
  2. ^ "Now Hear This: Tyler Morris". www.guitarplayer.com. Retrieved 2016-03-09. 
  3. ^ "Tyler Morris | Dean Guitars". www.deanguitars.com. Retrieved 2016-03-09. 
  4. ^ "Tyler Morris | And So It Beings..." Tyler Morris. Retrieved 2016-03-15. 
  5. ^ "Tyler Morris". Vintage Guitar® magazine. Retrieved 2016-03-15. 
  6. ^ "Now Hear This: Tyler Morris". www.guitarplayer.com. Retrieved 2016-03-15. 
  7. ^ "Home". Guitar Gods. Retrieved 2016-03-15. 
  8. ^ "Tyler Morris | And So It Begins..." Tyler Morris. Retrieved 2016-03-15. 
  9. ^ "New Tyler Morris CD Available now!". www.icontact-archive.com. Retrieved 2018-02-12. 
  10. ^ "About Tyler - Tyler Morris". Tyler Morris. Retrieved 2018-01-12. 
  11. ^ "Search". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2018-02-12. 
  12. ^ "New Tyler Morris CD Available now!". www.icontact-archive.com. Retrieved 2018-02-12.