After five studio albums and ten years on the road with the internationally acclaimed folk-pop quartet Girlyman, Tylan is returning to her roots with a debut solo CD, One True Thing. "Playing with Girlyman for so long has really spoiled me," says Tylan Greenstein, who's decided to drop her last name for her new solo venture. Founded in 2001, the four members of Girlyman went from playing for tips in coffeehouses to headlining (and selling out) 400-500 seat venues across the country; they also toured internationally, graced festival main stages, and opened extensively for such folk luminaries as Indigo Girls and Dar Williams.
"I couldn't ask for a more talented group of musicians, or for a more successful career," says Tylan. "All those instruments and arrangements in Girlyman have really supported my songs. At the same time, there's something about the raw, lyric-driven acoustic experience that has always appealed to me. I like the idea of there being very little between the song and the listener. That's where I come from."
Tylan is in good hands, working with producer Michael Connolly at the renowned Empty Sea Studios in Seattle to create this stripped-down sound using guitar, piano, Hammond organ, upright bass, cello, and the drums of fellow Girlyman member JJ Jones. "Michael is very good at creating an orchestra with just a few instruments and leaving lots of space for the song to come through. I'm excited to see what we create together."
Tylan is already off to an auspicious start. Her Kickstarter campaign for One True Thing created a tremendous buzz and raised nearly $47,000 from 760 backers in 30 days the second highest grossing Kickstarter campaign ever in the Folk/Country category. Watch for One True Thing in early 2013, with CD release tours to follow nationwide in the spring.
"Tylan's practice of extending metaphors out toward a precipice keeps an unpredictable edge to [her] songs. Most writers would stop at the easy close. Ty jumps, leaving much to imagination, to powerful effect. Ty's expressive alto brings quiet energy to her introspective ballads, nursing a negotiation of life from pain to acceptance, if not peace." Americana Gazette
"'Amaze Me,' 'Somewhere Different Now,' 'Young James Dean,' and lots more evoked names like Janis Ian and Willie Nelson, emotional outsiders with their hearts on their sleeves. Folksy Americana and urban literacy sit comfortably together in [her] songs." Whisperinandhollerin.com
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