The New Nashville: Tyler Rich

Newcomer Tyler Rich's sunny California version of country fits in perfectly alongside mainstream hitmakers Jake Owen, Sam Hunt and Brett Eldredge. Over the past year, he gained a solid fanbase through his active social media presence and busy tour schedule. He's earned coveted spots as support for aforementioned Hunt and Dan and Shay while also gearing up to hit the road with Dustin Lynch for his expansive One Hell of a Night 2016 tour.

Rich became interested in music at a young age, and was initially inspired by 1990s country chart-toppers like Garth BrooksAlan Jackson and George Strait. After spending many years touring in various bands, Rich decided to head to Nashville to begin pursuing a solo career in country.

He released his first single, "Radio", earlier this year, which earned him a solid amount of buzz in the Music City. In August, he released Valerie, an EP that mixes a mostly acoustic sound with funky electronic beats that are reminiscent of those found in Sam Hunt's Montevallo. Although similar in some ways, Rich continues to stay true to himself and has quickly become one of the most interesting artists on the rise.

What He Sounds Like: A sunny, experimental mixture of Sam Hunt and Jake Owen.

Required Listening: "California Grown", an ode to his countrified upbringing on the West Coast.

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