Cody Tyler’s latest EP, Playin’ With Firewater, isn’t for just your basic pop-country fan chugging Fireball because a song told them it was cool. No way. His songs are for fans of substance, those who need reality and a no-bull approach to their lyrics. No electronic synth, no artificial drum beats, none of the “stadium country” that saturates today’s market and is becoming increasingly difficult to tolerate. Cody Tyler’s Playin’ With Firewater is real country music from the heart and soul. Each song is another piece of him, given away to anyone who will listen, not the same recycled lines written by Nashville bigwigs pitching ideas in a boardroom for the next single to take over the airwaves.
Growing up on the edge of suburban and rural Pennsylvania, country music was always part of the life of Cody Tyler. Born and raised learning about the blues from his parents, there was a natural connection between country music and the desperation howled by blues giants like B.B. King, Robert Johnson, Son House, Etta James, and rock stars like Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and The Allman Brothers Band.
After delving deeper into the soul and desperation poured by the musical titans of his parents’ generation, Cody found country music, and it suited him. Outlaws like Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Hank Williams, Jr. and Johnny Cash fed Cody’s appetite for something more than what currently rules the air waves from Nashville. Cody has molded the outlaw country and southern rock sounds of the 1970s together to create a soulful and organic country sound that is forged from the hills and mountains where he is most at home; all with his guitar and voice. The best part is: he is just getting started. With many more unreleased songs that crave the vessel of a honky-tonk band to come to life, the sound Cody hears in his head has yet to be realized. Playin’ With Firewater gives us a small sonic glimpse of what is to come.
Recently influenced by the upswing of the neo-outlaws like Sturgill Simpson, Cody Jinks, Aaron Lewis, Tyler Childers, Jason Isbell, Whitey Morgan, Chris Stapleton, Colter Wall, Paul Cauthen, the Steel Woods, and others, Cody is bringing real, roots-laden outlaw country music with a rock n’ roll kick back to the die-hard fans; fans that don’t cave to Nashville’s elite that use a formulaic approach to write soulless, twangy pop songs.
Playin’ With Firewater is made for the oft-forgotten folks who work hard for their keep. Cody’s words are those that we all can relate to, but have not yet heard in song. Playin’ With Firewater is an experiment in 21st Century rural American poetry.
You can find out more about Cody Tyler at his website: www.CodyTylerMusic.com