Michael Tyler – 317 | Album Review
This 11 track release is the first for Michael Tyler under Reviver Records. The Missouri native has a really nice tone in his voice and his spin on country music spans between more traditional country slow songs then slides in and out of a mix of mainstream pop country tunes that sound fresh and will have you quickly singing along.
The first single I heard off of 317 was “They Can’t See”, a slower mainstream style love song that gives you a great introduction to Tyler’s style. As a starting point, the single had my attention and I was really looking forward to hearing the full album.
Now that I have heard the entire album, I can honestly say it’s a truly enjoyable album. Also having just seen him live this past week in Seattle on tour with LOCASH, I got to hear him share some stories behind a few of the songs that gives the listener a connection to his music. For instance, “Hey Mama” is a song written about his brother calling home to tell his mother in middle of the night that he’d just met the woman he was going to be his future and sure enough, he was right. Sweet, personal and deep. Many of the songs on this album are meaningfully written and then performed in a way the music listener will connect with and want to keep listening too.
Of course there are fun songs like “Play That Party Song” which is just a fun song about enjoying life and having a few beers. Then songs we can all identify with like “Interstate” that tells the story of how things in life change and how our memories are all that’s left of many things.
If you are looking for a country album that’s real, genuine and one that’s going to be on repeat in your playlist, this is it. I cross over to all music genres all the time from metal to jazz to country and just whatever crosses my desk. As a fan of all music and finding something new and shiny, 317 fits that awesome discovery of new music very well. If you are a fan of country music or just a fan of music that sounds good, pick this album up. It’s one that you will really enjoy.
Release Date: March 17, 2017
Here’s to the Nights
Crazy Last Night
Long Drive Home
They Can’t See
Songs About Missouri
Good at Being Young
Play That Party Song
You can pick up your own copy of 317 most places music is sold, iTunes, Amazon. You can also stream via Amazon Music and Spotify, but I suggest buying the full album.