Tyler Blanski Rocks

Eric's cousin Tyler has put out his first disc, and we picked up a copy via iTunes a few days ago and have been enjoying it ever since. It's always hard to read one's own biases, but it is safe to venture that we would have enjoyed it quite a lot even if we weren't related to the artist.

Tyler: guitarist, singer/songwriter, painter, author, and all-around thoughtful bloke. You can follow the link to his site and see some ofo his artwork as well as order some goods, or purchase it on iTunes.

His record is teeming with catchy acoustic guitar rifts, lyrical pictures, and quite a bit of Tyler's harmonica, making the comparison to Dylan the first that pops into mind. David Gray, Waterdeep, and Paul Simon are also somewhere in the same vein. The production quality is excellent, and I don't know if it's self-produced, but if so, then all the more impressive. And his record company, Ezekial Records, apparently sends 10% of proceeds to developing clean drinking water for needy populations. Nice.

All around solid work. Somehow, I guess we blinked and he became a professional rocker. Oh well. Good work, Tyler.