About Tyler Grant
Tyler Grant is a versatile guitarist and multi-instrumentalist with a wide range of influences and musical expertise. He is currently a member of the Drew Emmitt Band (singer/mandolinist of Leftover Salmon – drewemmitt.com) and the Emmitt/Nershi Band, and is the 2008 National Flatpicking Champion.
Tyler is a gifted singer and songwriter as well, and released his first solo album, In The Light, in June 2006 on FGM Records, featuring some of his amazing friends from Nashville: Mike Bub, Casey Driessen, Andy Hall, Pat Enright, Chris Henry, Amanda Kowalski, Chris Pandolfi, Missy Raines, Steven Sandifer, and Scott Vestal. The album is a mix of original and traditional songs and instrumentals in the bluegrass and folk tradition. Plenty of hot pickin’. “Tyler Grant’s name has been popping up everywhere in the acoustic music scene over the past few years. His new CD ‘In the Light’ shows why.” -Flatpicking Guitar Magazine. “Excellent guitar playing is the lure, but there is much to like throughout.” -Bluegrass Unlimited.
A graduate of the California Institute of the Arts (BFA in Music Performance), Tyler Grant’s name has been popping up everywhere in the acoustic music scene over the past few years. In 2003 he joined Adrienne Young’s band and toured with her for a year and a half (adrienneyoung.com). He also recorded with her on her acclaimed CDs Plow the End of the Row and The Art of Virtue. In 2004 he hooked up with Casey and Chris Henry and the Two-Stringers. He performed with them for two years and played on their CD “Get Along Girl.” In the fall of 2004 he toured China for ten days with Casey Driessen (fiddle), Amanda Kowalski (bass), and Abigail Washburn (old-time banjo) as part of a musical cultural exchange (abigailwashburn.com). During the first half of 2005 he toured with Canadian fiddler April Verch (aprilverch.com).
In November 2005 Tyler joined the Drew Emmitt Band and is currently on tour with that group as well as the Emmitt/Nershi Band, featuring Billy Nershi from the String Cheese Incident (myspace.com/emmittnershiband). He has performed with these groups at Telluride, High Sierra, Four Corners Folk Festival, Floyd Fest, Harvest Fest, Rothbury, Grand Targhee and others. Tyler played on Long Road, the latest acclaimed Drew Emmitt release, which reached #1 on the Jam Band chart, and is working on a new record with the Emmitt/Nershi Band.
Although he is more of a band player than a contest performer, Tyler won the Rockygrass guitar contest in 2003, won the Wayne Henderson festival contest in 2005, placed second at the National Flatpicking Championship in Winfield, Kansas, in 2005, won the 2008 New England Flatpicking Championship, and became the National Flatpicking Champion for placing first at Winfield in 2008.