Playing the Grand Ole Opry is a big deal to any country artist, but to play it for the first time is usually a dream come true. That’s the case for BNA Nashville artist Tyler Farr, who will play at the church of country music for the first time on Saturday night. He’ll be stepping into the circle just like his hero, George Jones, this weekend. He’ll be performing his single “Hot Mess” on the historic stage.
“One of the most influential experiences in my life was the first time I went to the Opry,” said Tyler. “What made it so special was that I was backstage with my stepfather standing next to George Jones. As he sang ‘He stopped loving her today’, my arms filled with goosebumps. It was then that I knew The Grand Ole Opry was the heart and soul of country music.”
Being near such a big stage isn’t something new for the artist, who has some strong ties to George Jones, as he explains:
“My Mom married George Jones’ lead guitar player when I was about 16,” said Tyler. “I started going on the road with them and I got to hang out with my stepdad at sound check. During the show I remember standing on the side of the stage and watching him sing and that was the musical spark for me.”
When Tyler figured out that music is what he wanted to do, he took the first job he could to help work on his talent. An overnight shift at the famous Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge in Nashville. He worked the 10 pm to 2 am shift.
“It probably took 5 years off of my life,” he laughed, “But doing that was the best thing for me. It taught me the art of entertaining and hosting a party.”
Since then, Tyler has opened for artists all over the United States – Miranda Lambert, Colt Ford, and Jerrod Niemann. He’s thankful for those opportunities and the chance he had to start building a loyal fanbase:
“What’s great now is I’m finally getting to the point where people are starting to catch on and know my songs and that is the best feeling in the entire world when you get someone. ‘Hot Mess’ is such a fun song and it’s going over so well in the show and when I see someone singing along, then I’m happy. When a fan comes up to me after a show to say they had a good time, then I’ve done my job.”
You can see what all the fuss is about by listening to Tyler’s first single “Hot Mess” right now and enter to win an autographed guitar from the singer! Visit the Twitter contest page here and good luck!