The FAA Years
By his own recollection, Woodyfest regular [Sidenote: This is the sixteenth post in our coverage of the twenty-second annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival. We’ll be alternating our reporting with essays and photo galleries from the seventeenth festival in 2014, so check in often for a mix of old and new Woodyfest goodness.] Jared Tyler Frederick began his professional music career around the time he turned fourteen or fifteen (circa 1992 or 1993). [Sidenote: Joan, Tara, The Daily Country, “Jared Tyler Releases His Most Personal Album to Date with Dirt on Your Hands” (1 May 2017)] A couple of years later, the Owasso high-school student began traveling to Nashville with his then-musical mentor, Michael Garrett. [Sidenote: Joan, Ibid.] Around this time he shortened his name to Jared Tyler, which he continues to use professionally. [Sidenote: Copp, Jarrod, Tulsa World, “On a Good Note // OHS Senior Cuts Album” (27 May 1996)]
Tyler’s first album, which he mostly wrote or co-wrote with Garrett, was a tribute to the Future Farmers of America (FAA), the organization that had given him some of his earliest gigging opportunities. Tyler credits the club’s emphasis on public speaking with giving him the confidence to perform his music. [Sidenote: Copp, Ibid.] He produced and recorded the album, Vision of Blue, Heart of Gold, in the summer before his senior year, recruiting three fellow FAA members as additional singers. [Sidenote: Copp, Ibid.]
Journeyman to Musical Master
After high school, Tyler continued working in music, releasing two albums and producing, recording, and performing with the likes of Emmylou Harris, Merle Haggard, and Stoney Larue.
In fact, Tyler kept so busy and supporting other musical acts that the gap between his third album, Here with You, and his latest, Dirt on Your Hands, was a full seven years. During that time he also appeared at Woodyfest on six separate occasions, as well as accompanying many of the other festival artists. [Sidenote: Tyler performed at every Woodyfest from 2015 to 2020. The last performance was remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic.]
Tyler’s 2019 band lineup comprised Isai Mireles (keyboard), Seth Lee Jones (guitar), Paddy Ryan (drums), and Casey Van Beek (bass).