Karen Tyler and the Karen Tyler Band (2003 Winners of the
Monterey Bay Blues Festival’s Battle of the Bands) work in "All Shades
of Blue." Tyler, a seasoned veteran of both the California and Texas blues
scenes, has traveled the country and studied many different blues styles. Having
fallen in love with classic, Memphis, Piedmont, swing, boogie woogie, gospel
and Texas acoustic blues, Tyler weaves elements of these styles into her songwriting
and has already delivered two, hot selling and critically acclaimed blues CDs;
"Lovin’ the Blues Too Long" (1997) and "Alone & Blue"
Over the years Tyler has seen a good deal of success playing
as an acoustic solo and acoustic duo with her husband / bass player / lap steel
player Fred Murray. Having moved from Texas to central California in 1998, Tyler
formed the Karen Tyler Band featuring Fred Murray on bass, brother David Murray
on lead and rhythm guitar and Greg Barnes on drums. Tyler writes the songs for
the band and plays both lead and rhythm guitar in addition to providing some
very sultry and dynamic vocals.
The big news these days is the band’s first place win
in the Monterey Bay Blues Festival's Battle of the Bands. Having competed with
150 of the best blues bands in California, the Karen Tyler Band's first place
honor set's the group on a clear path to the top. Add this honor to Tyler's
two year reign as the "#1 Blues Artist" by popular vote at WorldMusicCharts.com
and her 6th place award for "Best Acoustic Blues Artist" in the 1998
Delta Snake Blues News Reader's Poll, and you've got proof positive that Tyler
and band are worth a listen.
The Karen Tyler Band will be releasing their "All Shades
of Blue" CD in June 2003 at the Monterey Bay Blues Festival. The CD will
not only be a representation of the different blues styles that formed Karen's
songwriting and performing style, but will feature duo acoustic and electric
band productions. This is a comprehensive view of Karen Tyler's talent and style,
an introduction to the Karen Tyler Band and it's sure to please the die-hard
Karen Tyler fan as well as newcomers to Camp Karen.
Karen Tyler's albums:
"All Shades of Blue" - KAREN'S BRAND NEW RELEASE with the award winning
KAREN TYLER BAND plus acoustic duo cuts.
" Alone and Blue" - Solo guitar and vocals, live in the studio.
"Lovin' the Blues Too Long" - Solo to Full band, with keyboards, accordion,
and horns. Karen's Austin band & friends.
More info here: