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Rhett Tyler, Early Warning at Delta Blue

December 13, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

LAKE PLACID - Rhett Tyler and Early Warning will perform from 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday at Delta Blue in the Northwoods Inn.

Rhett Tyler was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame on Sept. 25, 2011 as "Master Blues Artist from New York."

Born in San Antonio, Texas, and raised in Mississippi, Ohio, and St. Louis, Tyler grew up listening and learning about music and the blues from his father, an Air Force officer and classical, boogie and blues pianist, and about writing from his mother, a published poet.

His musical talent became apparent at the age of 15 when his parents gave him his first electric guitar. Rooted in the blues, Tyler incorporates jazz, rock, and gospel influences, which define his signature guitar style and innovative musical approach.

Tyler attended Mannes College of Music and the Berkley School of Music in the early '70s. He soon found himself on tour as bandleader for R&B recording artist Ruth Copeland, and in the mid-80s, he formed the band, Early Warning. Tyler has independently recorded and released four CDs, "Total Package" (1992), "My Passion" (1997), "Live at Manny's Car Wash" (1999), and "Don't Put Me In No Box" (2005), and is presently writing songs for his next studio CD.

Tyler performs both with his band, Early Warning, as a power trio (guitar, bass, and drums) and as a solo artist on the acoustic 12-string (along with his harmonica). He has performed at many prominent festivals and venues, including the Mississippi Valley Blues Fest (Iowa), Fleet Blues Fest (N.Y.), Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Fest, (N.J.), and Treasure Coast Blues Fest (Fla.). Tyler has also shared billing with many distinguished blues artists, including Johnny Winter, Lonnie Brooks, Elvin Bishop, Delbert McClinton, and John Hammond.

Delta Blue is located in Lake Placid at the Historic Northwoods Inn at 2520 Main St. Delta Blue features live music on Wednesday night with its Open Mic Blues Jam, and on Friday and Saturday nights from 9 p.m. to midnight with an eclectic mix of regional blues artists and talented local musicians.



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