Tyler John Hartman is a bit of a conundrum. Now operating out of the Willamette Valley of Oregon, Tyler’s formative years took place in North Dakota, where he spent his days staring at wheat fields and listening to equal parts Modest Mouse, Hot Water Music, and John Prine. This range of influence has always caused Tyler’s music to exist in a space that is not quite punk and not quite folk.
Prior to an extended hiatus from recording and performing, Tyler’s previous musical endeavor (Fighting at a College Level) shared stages across with country with acts such as Against Me!, The Ataris, and The Gaslight Anthem. Now, with a much slower pace of life, and inspiration from the beauty and magnificence of the Oregon countryside around him, Tyler has returned with his first new music in a decade.
The new record “Mill Ends” (Released February of 2021) spans a wide range of sounds, from the toe-tapping rock of “Sprint and Scream” to the whiskey-soaked alternative country of “Stay Young.” There’s even some hard rock riffing on “Mitosis,” and indie piano vibes on “Destroy You.” Tyler’s partner Eryn takes lead vocals on the folk-ballad “Whispers in the Dawnlight,” and even four-year-old Davin makes an appearance on “Little Deer.” It’s truly a family affair these days.
More new music and live performances are on the way in 2021!