Grab yourselves a whiskey and a seat friends, Tyler Booth is in session.
Since 2017, Booth has been laying claim to an ever-increasing catalogue of downhome country rock songs. Finding the perfect balance between the wrangling anthems of Cody Johnson and the boot-scootin' riffs of Brooks and Dunn, Booth's songwriting belies his years, possessing a sage sense of magic that immediately takes you home.
Arriving in London for the first time for the C2C Festival, Booth joined us at The Betsey Trotwood pub before a weekend of performances at The 02 Arena. Settling in with just an acoustic guitar and his beloved Kentucky drawl, Booth introduces us into his world through three delightful numbers.
"I'm going to sing you a song, the first song I wrote that was any good" he laughs. "It's just about taking a chance on somebody, it's called 'Palomino Princess'". Over tender, forlorn chords, Booth not only serenades those in the room with him, but the girl thousands of miles back home; the one who turns out to be the girl of his dreams.
His creative mix of horizon-painting imagery and tangible sentimentality continues through into 'Bring on the Neon'. A song Booth proudly wrote with Jamey Johnson and Jeremy Popoff, it's a bittersweet eulogy to the things you sacrifice in order to follow your dreams; whether it would be a good love, the comfort of home or the solace of family. No matter what day, place or time, Booth will be there, ready to bring you a little joy and openness with his music.
Bringing his session to a close, Booth ups the ante, offering up a gritty rock anthem in the form of 'G.O.B by the G.O.G'. Bold and rasping, Booth explains it's about the everyday guy getting by; "I wrote this song for the guy working at Kroger; the common guy working at the store. I've been in his shoes for a while, pretty much my whole life growing up".
It just comes to show that, no matter how far his star may ascend, Booth will always be a good ol' boy by the grace of god, lapping up that cornbread and fried chicken every Sunday.
Director: Tom Francome
Cameras: Tom Francome, Nick Richards and Joe Monk
Audio Engineer: Nathaniel Kastoryano
Editor: Dan Monro (Lookout Productions)
Producers: Ross Jones & Gemma Donahoe