Through the dynamic use of harmony and horn, Tyler Matthew Smith has created an inspiring blend of Folk, Soul, and World music. As a horn player turned troubadour, his songwriting comes from a unique perspective, with influences ranging from Steven Stills to Stevie Wonder, Bruce Hornsby to the Boss, and Jackson Browne to the Jackson Five. Tyler has coupled an eclectic musical style with rejuvenating lyrics that can't help but stir the soul.
Born in Nevada City, CA, Tyler grew up in a family and community that embraced the music and message of the 1960’s. Though trained in classical and jazz styles, he cut his teeth playing along to family records, learning from Bobby Keys, Chris Wood, the cast of Blood Sweat and Tears, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Later he would pick up sounds from more contemporary horn players like Leroi Moore, Jeff Coffin, and Karl Denson.
After leaving the music industry for a stint in New York City politics, and a subsequent period of personal upheaval and reflection, Tyler was moved to create his first original compositions. Inspired by these new songs, he moved out of his apartment and into a van to pursue music full time.
Tyler released his first LP on October 14th, 2011, and is currently touring the western states with an all star San Francisco-style jam band.