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Cody Tyler

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:


From their website:

Diverse backgrounds in life and music could have taken Towne’s Steevie Steeves and Jon Decious in two very different directions. Instead, their love of songwriting allowed for their paths to cross. “Jon was a breath of fresh air. We were two peas in a pod. We’re really fortunate to have developed the friendship we have. We definitely have each other’s backs,” says Steeves. Their stylistic collision has resulted in Towne’s unconventional sound – demonstrated in the duo’s upcoming releases. “His punk country mixed with my pop soulness is a very interesting dynamic, and it is what it is. It’s definitely different.”

The Hot Club of Reading

From their website:

The Hot Club of Reading consists of Josh Taylor on guitar, Chris Heslop on sax, Ken Gehret playing violin, accordion, and guitar, Trey LaRue on bass, and Josiah Taylor on guitar. The group focuses on early hot jazz stylings made popular by Django Reinhardt, Louis Armstrong, and Sidney Bechet. Each member is featured as a soloist and the music is swing based.

From the Archive: John Beacher

Published on Aug 10, 2016
John Beacher performs live in The Sound Room at WEEU, 830 AM in Reading, PA. Set includes “Love” at 0:00, “Lost and Found” at 7:18, and “Gifts that are Given” at 12:29.

Extended Audio Session Below:

A prolific songwriter, natural performer,  and “hope enthusiast,” John Beacher has built his decade-long career not only with talent, but also with a genuine spirit and a kind heart. John’s music is a homecoming for the soul, timeless and sincere, and taps into a source that runs far deeper than the songwriter himself.  Rooted in rhythm and blues, yet unbound by genre, each song is a musical tapestry woven with soulful threads. Whether he’s singing songs of social justice, belting out blues or funk, or serenading you with a love ballad, there is no doubt that John is completely one with the musical process. A seasoned musician, Beacher’s ability to improvise both on guitar and with his voice make each performance an entirely unique reflection of the audience and his surroundings.

Since receiving his first guitar at age eleven, writing, singing, and playing became John’s life long passion, and by age seventeen he was performing his own compositions professionally.  Throughout his twenties, John’s love for people and music led him to travel both the US and abroad, collecting stories, writing songs, and building friendships until finally settling in Boulder CO.  There he spent several years honing his craft, playing in various music projects, and performing in music venues all over the Boulder/ Denver area.

In 2011 Beacher made the decision to move back to his home town of New Hope, PA, and give his music career 100% of his attention.  Since then, John has become a full-time singer songwriter, a community keystone in Bucks County, and a regular name on 88.5 WXPN Philadelphia.  His weekly Community Stage at Karla’s in New Hope PA has become a staple to the local music community, drawing talent from all over Bucks County and beyond for over 5 years.  In that time Beacher has also released a live self-titled solo acoustic album, collaborated on multiple music video projects with his friend Louis Sparre of Tweed Video,  and developed a sustainable career as what he calls a “blue collar musician”.

John has organized concerts, played countless venues, weddings, private events, and fundraisers, and has shared the stage with accomplished national acts such as Leon Russell, Rusted Root, Cheryl Wheeler, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Dean Ween Group, and Elephant Revival to name a few.  In 2015 John had the honor of performing at the Philadelphia Folk Festival,  Live at the World Cafe in Philadelphia, and The Musikfest Cafe at Steelstacks in Bethlehem PA.  In addition being a live performer, John has developed a side career composing music for Tweed Video, working on projects for clients such as The American Lung Association, NBC, Comcast, and Mural Arts Philadelphia.

Recently John has released “Rise Up”, a self produced album, engineered by John Fachett and recorded at Sweet Creek Studios in Ottsville, PA.  It includes ten new songs unlike anything Beacher has previously released, featuring thirteen other accomplished musicians. Currently John Beacher is hailing from Philadelphia PA and has been developing a backup band called The Common Ground consisting of members Mike Ruhl (bass), Neil Carson (keys) and Grant Morrison (drums). With a new album, new band, and new opportunities on the horizon, Beacher has his sights set on Philadelphia and beyond, looking toward traveling and playing his way across the country, building family, and continually promoting a message of unity and hope.