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ALBUM REVIEW: "Dirt On Your Hands" by Jared Tyler
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ALBUM REVIEW: Jared Tyler – Dirt On Your Hands (Blue Alleluia Music) 2017

Still in his early 30’s, Tulsa-based singer-songwriter Jared Taylor is already on his third album and coming into his own as a dynamite Oklahoma-based musician and singer/songwriter.

“I know if I didn’t have you, it’d be the death of me,” sings Tyler in the opening, Dixieland-inspired song “Death of Me,” the first of 12 great songs.

That opener, I should note, gets my attention because has a Louisiana flavor to it, like Tabasco sauce, that I can appreciate having lived in that culturally-vibrant state for years.

But Tyler is every bit an Okie (with some Nashville in there as well – that Music City vibe is felt on “Gwendolyn” in particular) and his grassroots approach to his music and subject matter – appreciation for rural life, relationships, life and death, and having fun. As one fan called Tyler’s music “poignant justice.” I certainly hear that on Dirt On Your Hands.

It’s remarkable to learn that Tyler has spent his young adult life working with some incredibly talented folks here in our state, from Monica Taylor to Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey to his pal Malcolm Holcombe, who appears with Tyler on the heartfelt track “The Door.”

To me, the standout track, particularly in the lyrics department, is “Heart Wide Open,” a rootsy acoustic number where Tyler essentially says that always worrying is all for naught, repeating the line “Love is all we really are,” and it is so very true, even though most of us don’t put it in those terms when we certainly should.

Coming in as a close second is “Fort Gibson Lake.” I’m a sucker for place-name songs, and this pedal-steel-infused number has you nearly as excited as a young Jared Tyler, singing: “Hurry daddy, Gotta get there / I can’t hardly wait / I’ve died and gone to heaven on Fort Gibson Lake.”

Instrumentally-speaking, Tyler gets some crack musicians to play everything from fiddle (“Lucky I Am” showcases Casey Driessen’s fiddle quite nicely!) to mandolin to pedal steel. And while it has an decidedly “country music” flavor, Tyler’s rich, soulful voice and confident delivery (and subject matter) put it in a category beyond the fare one normally finds on the country radio dial.

Dirt On Your Hands will be officially released on June 2, 2017. For more information go to

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