Kick It Down

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Clay Tyson writes and sings edgy, groove-based music with country, gospel, r&b, and folk influences.

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Clay Tyson – Kick It Down

Clay Tyson is a Toronto based singer, guitarist and songwriter who happens to be the son of the legendary folk duo Ian & Sylvia. While he has been influenced by the musical world of his parents, Clay’s music is all his own: earthy, rootsy music that draws on country, rock, and folk influences. Raised in a highly creative environment, Clay studied piano at the Royal Conservatory of Music and later attended the Humber College Music Program. He also spent seven years as a writer, orchestrator, bassist, and pivotal member of Look People, with whom he toured extensively throughout Canada, America, and Europe. In the last few years, Clay decided to move his focus away from his bass playing in order to concentrate on his own writing and acoustic guitar playing. As a solo musician, Clay has it all. He is a soulful, expressive singer with a subtle sense of phrasing and a deep rich tone. His guitar style can range from fast, sharp and clean to languid and pretty; from a warm gospel feel to folk finger-picking to a thumb-busting unplugged-Hendrix groove. And he is a songwriter of considerable talent who writes about day-to-day romantic struggles; keeping your faith and your head above water; and more. His new album “Kick It Down” offers 12 finely crafted songs, brilliantly produced by veteran ace Danny Greenspoon (Great Big Sea, Spirit of the West, Victoria Williams), and featuring stellar performances by the Breit Brothers (Kevin on guitar, Gary on keyboards) — not to mention Clay himself. Kick It Down runs the gamut from contemporary, radio-friendly pop (“I Wait,” “The Heart Is”) to soulful excursions (“Good Intentions,” “Kick It Down”) to rootsy ballads (“A Stitch in Time,” “I Find You”) to sheer amusement (“The Bug,” “Ditch Digger”), all delivered in Clay’s unique style. [This] tastefully considered roots-based debut marks [Clay Tyson] as a significant talent… -Billboard Magazine …a natural for fans of alt-country outfits such as Wilco and Son Volt. -The Globe and Mail …an unusually assured debut that sounds thoroughly modern… -Canoe website “Anti-Hit List”


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