Yuba City native Tyler Rich performs in Grass Valley
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WHAT: Tyler Rich
WHEN: Friday, Aug. 23
WHERE: Foothills Event Center, 400 Idaho Maryland Road, Grass Valley
ADMISSION: $25 Members/$35 General Public
INFO: Go to https://thecenterforthearts.org/event/tyler-rich-190823 or call 530-274-8384
Tyler Rich and Temecula Road perform live at the Foothills Event Center on Aug. 23. The show is presented by The Center for the Arts On The Go, with generous support from Sierra Central Credit Union.
A country singer with a strong voice, a pop sensibility, and a talent for delivering romantic lyrics, Rich was born and raised in California but pulled up stakes for Nashville to pursue a career in music.
Rich was born in Yuba City. When he was 8 years old, a cousin turned young Rich on to country music, and he became a serious fan of Garth Brooks, George Strait and Alan Jackson. As his passion for music grew, Rich’s grandparents gave him a guitar on his 14th birthday so he could accompany himself as he sang. While Rich learned to play guitar and took up writing songs, after high school academics took priority over music, and he graduated from college with a degree in economics. However, he couldn’t let go of his dream of making music, so he relocated to Los Angeles and dabbled in various styles and approaches, both as a solo act and with bands.
In time, he decided that country music was where his heart was, and in October 2014 he self-released his debut single, “Radio,” which made an impression on country radio. Rich’s talents attracted the attention of Music City powerhouses Big Machine Music and Valory Music, who signed him to recording and publishing deals. Rich’s first single for Big Machine, “The Difference,” was released in February 2018.
For the Yuba City native who splits his time between Nashville and Los Angeles, where his fiancée Sabina lives, “The Difference” is his long-awaited introduction to country radio — a moment he’s been working towards since first playing various genres with his band in high school. While grinding on the road in the early days, Rich also kept a steady gig at Red Robin where he rose up the corporate food chain. Red Robin gave Rich and his band members all-you-can-eat gift cards so they wouldn’t starve while struggling to make it big.
Growing up around all styles of music — the first four songs Rich learned on the guitar were Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me,” Garth Brooks’ “Friends In Low Places” and songs from Blink 182 and Metallica — he was comfortable in multiple genres, which led to years of covering songs and writing pop songs.
But when given the opportunity four years ago to be a solo artist he knew it was finally time to explore his country side.
Rich’s new single “Leave Her Wild” released on May 13.
“’Leave Her Wild’ is one of my favorite songs I’ve ever written, and I’m so excited to get to share it with the world,” he said. “Sabina is truly the inspiration, but it’s cool to see how fans are already connecting out on the road. I wrote this song about truly loving somebody for who they are and not trying to change them. So many times, we have our own ideas about how someone should be living their life, rather than just supporting them for who and what they are. If you’re gonna love her … leave her wild.”
Opening the night is Temecula Road. Called out by The Huffington Post as one of the top new country artists to watch and named after the town they grew up in, Temecula Road (comprised of sisters Emma, 18, and Maddie Salute, 17, and longtime friend Dawson Anderson, 18) are known for their trademark harmonies and their covers which have earned praise from Carrie Underwood, Brett Eldredge, Dan + Shay and RaeLynn.
These days, it’s their original songs that are putting them on the map. Their first two singles “What If I Kissed You” and “Hoping” already have over 1 million streams on Spotify and the trio just released their new single “Everything Without You.” This year saw Temecula Road make debut performances at C2C’s Country Music Festival in London, Stagecoach Music Festival and the CMA Music Festival.
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