Catching Up With Singer-Songwriter, TYLER BOONE On New Music, His Boone’s Bourbon and Much More! | All Access Music
“Jealousy” is the latest single from the Charleston singer-songwriter, Tyler Boone. It was recorded at Ocean Industries Studios in Charleston, SC and produced by Eric Rickert.
“This track was something I’ve been working on for quite awhile and after bringing it to the group in the studio for a live session, we finished writing it,” said Boone of the song. “We knew this was going to be one of our favorites.”
His latest EP also titled “Jealousy” debuted on January 25th. It was produced by Eric Rickert who has notably worked with Shinedown, The Royal Teeth, William Fitzsimmons.
Boone has had the pleasure of opening shows for Sheryl Crow, The Avett Brothers, Christopher Cross, Hootie and the Blowfish, Old Crow Medicine Show, Donovan Woods, Edwin McCain, Zach Myers of Shinedown, The Revivalists, The Marcus King Band, Sean McConnell, Dr. John, & also American Idol Winners David Cook & Lee DeWyze.
Boone recently wrapped up his Seven Sons Tour which was sponsored by his fast-growing Boone’s Bourbon. This liquor is now available in SC, NC, GA, TN, OK, CA, NY and soon Canada. Next up, the musician will be releasing a new track called “Make It Right” on July 12th. This will be his first release on his own label Artist Formula Records.
Thanks for your time today! Where does this interview find you?
Excited for this interview! I actually just got back from a 2 week run with my band and Uncle Duane’s Band out of Los Angeles yesterday, so I apologize about the delay.
Now that we are half-way through the year, how has 2019 been treating you? What are some goals that you have for yourself this year? How close are you to reaching them?
2019 has been my best year yet! So much going on and it’s incredible. My goals this year are to keep growing my music to both radio & Spotify, while also growing my liquor brand “Boone’s Bourbon” to all over the country with touring all throughout the year. My Spotify now has over 70-80k monthly listeners and this is my 2nd single to go to radio off my EP “Jealousy.” The single “Moving On” went to radio last summer & now “Jealousy” will be the start of this summer. My bourbon brand is going great, we just landed Costco, BJ’s wholesale & Canada! I’ll also be launching “Boone’s Bourbon IPA” to pair with the bourbon at the end of the year. All exciting stuff.
Growing up, how important was music in your life? Can you recall the moment when you decided that you wanted to be a musician? Was it an easy or difficult choice to make?
Music was and still is my #1. I remember sitting in my bedroom blasting Blink-182 while reading all the guitar tab books I just bought at the mall and thinking I wanted to just be like Tom DeLonge. Later on it was Metallica, then Jimi Hendrix to then John Mayer. I love everything about the guitar and it will always be my first love. It wasn’t a hard decision to make, I knew it was what I wanted to do, the hard part was figuring out how to make it a living and I am extremely grateful it’s how I make a living.
Was there ever a time when you thought about doing something else? If you weren’t a musician today, what else could you see yourself doing? Would you be as fulfilled in life?
I thought for a quick second after I graduated college I would work a tech job and do music on the side but that ended quickly. I was asked to go back on tour and to play a new kind of tv show in NYC as the musician/artist for an episode so I then I immediately walked up to my boss that day and walked out. Most “Rock N Roll” thing I ever did and will always love telling that story.
What has been the biggest surprise so far about making music your career? What has been an unexpected or welcome challenge to it all?
The biggest surprise is when you finally see people responding to your music, singing the lyrics…that was the biggest surprise but the unexpected challenge that I can say I welcomed was managing myself from the beginning. I had an incredible manager when I was really just starting out and unfortunately even though he is no longer with us I learned a lot from it and will always be appreciative of the experience from this man taught me. His name was Johnny Diamond, he ruled.
Let’s talk about your newest song, “Jealousy.” What was the inspiration for it? How would you say that it compares to anything else you have put out?
The inception of my EP “Jealousy” begun back in 2016 after I performed at the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware. The band I brought to perform is the same group of musicians I brought to record & write all the 5 songs on this record. The self titled track “Jealousy” was just 2 simple chords but after bringing it to the band it transformed into a very dynamic track with both a clean & heavy riff that ends up being one of my tunes on the EP. All 5 of these tunes are far different
from anything else I have recorded and it’s exciting to go in a different direction.
When do you hope to release more new music? Is a new album coming soon?
I’ll be releasing a new “americana/songwriter” single this July 12 titled “Make It Right.” In response to hosting my inaugural “Charleston Songwriters Festival” () this past April in Charleston, SC, I decided I needed to step away from more of the guitar “riffing” and back to recording on the acoustic guitar. It’s a really cool track, I’m excited to share it.
What initially gave you the idea to start making your own bourbon? What has it been like being a part of that world as well as music?
I decided to start my “Boone’s Bourbon” company back in 2015 when I was in talks with a very high profile country manager in Nashville. During this time, I was having meetings with tons of agents, talent buyers etc…and the idea to cultivate a spirit with my name on it began. It took years to get the funds but 3 years later we finally released it and now it’s taken a life of it’s own. Having a company like this helps make your music career in my opinion more legitimate. It’s a different way to showcase that you mean “business” and they both compliment each other in a very cool way.
Where can people see you perform live next? What can fans expect for your Seven Sons Tour? What has been an ideal show of yours in the past?
We just wrapped up our #sevensonstour with Uncle Duane’s Band all over the southeast. It was hands down one of the coolest experiences with such an incredible amount of musicians. We had Dennis McNally (Grateful Dead’s Publicist) running PR for this tour & we had our sprinter van wrapped in “Boone’s Bourbon” it was the coolest thing ever.
My next big showcase will be July 4 at the legendary Summerfest in Milwaukee. I’m bringing the guys who helped create “Jealousy” & we are only a few hours before Megadeth…we can’t wait. Any ideal show is a full band gig at a festival…those are hands down my favorite.
How do you think you have grown as a musician since you first started singing and writing songs?
I’ve grown with confidence in my writing and most definitely a much stronger singer. Being a fulltime musician gives you more time to grow and I’m extremely grateful for it.
What has it been like keeping up with your social media accounts and all of the different platforms? Is it hard to stay up to date on it all? What would you say is your favorite way to connect with your fans now? What has social media done for your career so far?
Running my social media is a huge vital part of my business such as my music @tylerbooner my bourbon company @boonesbourbon and my management company @artistformula. My favorite ways to connect with my fans is both Instagram & Spotify. Without social media the “DIY Musician” lifestyle would not be possible at all.
Who are some of your favorite artists or rather, what musicians have continued to inspire you and your music? Who would you absolutely love to work with in the future?
Guitar players are always my “go-to” for inspiration such as Jimi Hendrix, Gary Clark JR., John Mayer, Doyle Bramhall II…but also recently americana/folk songwriters Donovan Woods & Ruston Kelly have been my favorite writers this past year. If I could work with one of these guys on a record…I’d be totally stoked.
If you had an unlimited budget and your schedule was free, what would your dream music video look like?
My dream music video would be an incredible movie like music video out in Joshua Tree, that would be epic.
Where would you absolutely love to hear one of your songs? On a TV show, in a movie or elsewhere? Do you recall the first time you heard a song of yours out and about?
I would love to hear my music on Sirius XM one day…and yes, the first time I heard my music on radio I was driving to the beach, hands down one of the coolest moments.
At the end of the day, what do you hope people take away from your music?
I hope people can find it honest and cool in it’s own right. Sometimes artists want to fit in with what’s “hip” but I just want mine to sit in it’s own universe where people still enjoy it.
Would you like to share anything else with our readers about your music?
I’m always trying to push the envelope when it comes to my writing and not always doing the same thing, excited to see what I’ll come up with next when I hit the studio again.