William Tyler (musician)

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William Tyler
William Tyler in October 2011
Background information
Birth nameWilliam Armistead Tyler
Born (1979-12-25) December 25, 1979 (age 39)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
GenresFolk, indie folk, pop rock
Years active1998–present
LabelsMerge, Tompkins Square
Associated actsLambchop, Silver Jews

William Armistead Tyler (born December 25, 1979, in Nashville, Tennessee) is an American musician and guitarist who plays folk, indie folk, and pop rock.[1][2][3][4] He is a member of Lambchop and Silver Jews.[5] His debut studio album, Behold the Spirit, was released on November 22, 2010. Adam Bednarik produced the album with Tyler on Tompkins Square Records.[3][6] Tyler's second studio album, Impossible Truth, was released on March 19, 2013 by Merge Records.[7]


Tyler was born to Daniel E. "Dan" Tyler and Adele B. Tyler on December 25, 1979, in Nashville, Tennessee.[2] His father is a noted songwriter in his own right who wrote "The Light in Your Eyes" by LeAnn Rimes, co-wrote "Baby's Got a New Baby" by S-K-O, and co-wrote "Modern Day Romance" by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band; in addition, both of his parents co-wrote "Bobbie Sue" by The Oak Ridge Boys.[2][8] Tyler has a younger sister named Elise. William and Elise Tyler were the owners and founders of The Stone Fox in Nashville, Tennessee, which was a music restaurant/café/bar that opened on September 20, 2012 and held its final live show on January 31, 2016.[9][10][11][12] William is a 1998 graduate and his sister Elise is a 2002 graduate of University School of Nashville.


Before he became a solo artist, Tyler was a member of Lambchop and Silver Jews beginning in 1998.[3][5] Tyler first joined Lambchop at the age of 19 because Kurt Wagner approached him about playing the organ in the band. However, it turned out that he got to play guitar because he admittedly said "I couldn't really play" the organ. Before releasing music under his own name, Tyler used The Paper Hats as working title for his solo music.[1][13] In 2010, Tyler released a universally acclaimed album entitled Behold the Spirit,[3] and in 2013 released another critically acclaimed album entitled Impossible Truth.[14] This was followed by his third full length, entitled Modern Country which was hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the "best country albums of 2016".[15]


Year Album details Peak chart positions
2010 Behold the Spirit

  • Released: November 22, 2010
  • Label: Tompkins Square
  • Format: CD, digital download
2013 Impossible Truth

  • Released: March 19, 2013
  • Label: Merge
  • Format: CD, 2×LP, digital download
2016 Modern Country

  • Released: June 3, 2016
  • Label: Merge
  • Format: CD, 2×LP, digital download
2019 Goes West

  • Released: January 18, 2019
  • Label: Merge
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download
To be released


  1. ^ a b Thomson, Graeme. "We're New Here: William Tyler". Uncut. IPC Media. May 2013 (192): 78. ISSN 1368-0722. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Hurt, Edd (March 14, 2013). "On his new Impossible Truth, Nashville guitarist William Tyler evokes the wordless ghosts of past singer-songwriters". Nashville Scene. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d Jurek, Thom. "William Tyler - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". Allmusic. Rovi. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  4. ^ Tyler William Armistead. "Tyler William Armistead (Work IPI-342726077)". American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). IPI ID-342726077. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  5. ^ a b Goldstein, Alexander (October 19, 2010). "A Brief History of William Tyler". WFMU. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  6. ^ Jurek, Thom (November 22, 2010). "Behold the Spirit - William Tyler". Allmusic. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  7. ^ Jurek, Thom (March 22, 2013). "Impossible Truth - William Tyler". Allmusic. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  8. ^ Tyler, Daniel. "DanTyler.net". Dan Tyler. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  9. ^ Vienneau, Nancy (February 21, 2013). "The Stone Fox in West Nashville is friendly yet daring". The Tennessean. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  10. ^ Rodger, D. Patrick (May 2, 2012). "New Venue Alert: William Tyler & Co. To Open The Stone Fox in West Nashville This Summer". Nashville Scene. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  11. ^ NashvillePost.com (September 30, 2012). "The Food Biz: Fox made of stone". NashvillePost.com. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  12. ^ "The Stone Fox". The Stone Fox. September 20, 2012. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  13. ^ "The Paper Hats". Discogs. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  14. ^ Metacritic (March 21, 2013). "Critic Reviews for Impossible Truth". CBS Interactive. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  15. ^ "40 Best Country Albums of 2016". Rollingstone.com. Retrieved June 13, 2018.

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