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Dan Tyler

My first recording session

took place in Jackson, Mississippi at the famed Malaco Studios in 1966. A band, The New Generation, based in my hometown of McComb, Mississippi, recorded two of my original songs. I was sixteen years old and thus began my life long fascination with all facets of popular music.

The seeds were planted even earlier. I was named for a song (Danny Boy) and, further, when I was four years old, Elvis Presley came to McComb for a concert, appearing with Johnny Cash (September 9, 1955). My father, Bill, had promoted the concert, through his position at a local radio station. I remember standing outside an open window, holding my baby sitter’s hand, as the excitement of Elvis’s music poured over me from the packed high school auditorium.

Throughout my years in McComb and, later, at the University of Mississippi, I wrote songs, led a rock band and entertained friends and family with my compositions. After graduation from law school and a clerkship with a federal magistrate, my bride, Adele, and I moved to Nashville so I could pursue my dream of becoming a professional songwriter.
Fortunately, success came quickly. In 1978, Eddie Rabbitt took our song, “Hearts on Fire” (Rabbitt, Stevens, Tyler) to number 2 on the country Billboard charts.

However, with the responsibilities that came with a new son (William), I was reluctant to give up the practice of law for the vagaries of the music business. I struggled to balance the demands of practicing law with my love for music. In 1982, the Oak Ridge Boys enjoyed a major hit with my song “Bobbie Sue” (Tyler, Tyler, Newton). I left the law profession and established, with Adele as my creative and business partner, Intuit Music Group, a music publishing venture which we have operated ever since.

Besides publishing my own songs, Intuit discovered and developed songwriter/producer R.S.Field and the recording artist, Webb Wilder, releasing Webb’s underground classic, “It Came From Nashville,” which is still in print. During the decade of the 1980’s, a tune I co-wrote with Kix Brooks, “Modern Day Romance,” became a number 1 record for The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Other hits from that era include “Twenty Years Ago” (Kenny Rogers) and “Baby’s Got a New Baby” (SKO). R.S. Field and Intuit also enjoyed a major success with his song “Powerful Stuff” as recorded by the Fabulous Thunderbirds and released on the multi-platinum soundtrack album, “Cocktail.”

In 1989, needing a break from the demands of the music business, the family, which now included a daughter, Elise, moved to McComb. During my sabbatical, I rediscovered my ability and desire to write songs by myself. While in McComb, I formed my first band since high school and entertained locally. Our family returned to Nashville in 1991 and I was committed to writing songs close to my heart.

In 1996, LeAnn Rimes recorded a song I had written for my son while we were living in Mississippi. “The Light In Your Eyes” was an early radio hit for LeAnn and was included on her classic album “Blue.” The great success of that song, which we also published, enabled me to continue to work on my own terms.

Also in 1996, Eggman Publishing (Nashville) published my novel, Music City Confidential, an insider’s fictional take on the colorful country music industry. Despite limited promotion and distribution, the book has sold over 2,000 hardback copies and remains an active title in libraries around the country.

In the late nineties, I was deeply involved with my son’s band, Lifeboy, helping them secure a recording contract with Sire Records. Although the album Lifeboy recorded for Sire was never released and the band is inactive, William has continued in the music business, establishing himself as an important young musician and songwriter. William has played with the seminal Nashville group, Lambchop, and also with David Berman and the Silver Jews. In 2010 Tompkins Square released a solo record on William titled “Behold The Spirit.” Merge Records has released several William Tyler albums, including “Impossible Truth” (2013), “Modern Country” (2016) and “Goes West” (2019). William’s Website.

In the first two decades of the 21st century, Intuit Music Group worked with a variety of recording artists, including: Nelson Blanchard, Chris Lindberg, Billy Ray Reynolds, David St. Romain, Marna Taylor, Levi Sims and the Louisiana soul band, Coffee.

I have recorded and released two albums produced by Joe Pisapia (Guster, k.d. lang). My song and recording, “I Am The River,” was chosen as the theme song for Tennessee Waterworks, a clean water campaign. In 2006, soul legend Candi Staton recorded and released my song “When Will I?” – initially released on my “I Hope” disc. In 2008, Candi’s version was featured in the Tyler Perry film “The Family That Preys.”

In 2006, I released two albums, one produced by R.S. Field (Billy Joe Shaver, Sonny Landreth, Webb Wilder, Allison Moorer, Hayes Carll and many others) and another produced by Mark Nevers (Lambchop, Calexico, Bobby Bare, Charlie Louvin, Candi Staton and many others).

My lifelong love affair with music continues.

A band based in my hometown of McComb, Mississippi, The New Generation, recorded two of my original songs. I was sixteen years old and thus began my life long fascination with all facets of popular music.
Dan Tyler

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