Nothing is better than being able to give rising talent a platform and being able to highlight these individuals and the amazing songs they are putting into the world. It has been an honor to be able to sit down with artists like Jaden Hamilton, Reid Haughton & Halle Kearns, who have been red hot and are on everyone's radar. But there is something special about finding a diamond in the rough, being able to tell their story and expose their music to fans of Country Music. Stumbling upon Tyler Holmes and his song "Happy Hour Heartbreak" was an absolute blessing. From its release in October of 2020, "Happy Hour Heartbreak" has been on repeat and been one of my favorite songs released in 2020. Tyler Homes may just be getting his feet wet, but he's got a lot to prove and the talent to do it.
Get To Know Tyler
"Alright, so I'm Tyler Holmes. I primarily grew up in Texas. I moved around a lot as a kid, and lived in almost every major city in Texas, Arizona, Mississippi, Tennessee.ind Kind of all over the place. Growing up, my dad was a musician - a rock singer. My grandmother was an actress back in her day and is also a piano teacher and vocal instructor. There's a lot of music in my family and that's how I got into singing. I ventured into songwriting in high school. I was really good at writing for English class and did some poetry on my own time. That translated into writing songs for me. In 9th or 10th grade I began writing music and really enjoyed it."
We Need More Guys Like This...
A catchy song, good story and a hell of a voice. Tyler paints the perfect picture of a guy on a Friday night out on the town and he comes across a beautiful girl who is having some guy problems. Instead of being a perv and hitting on this girl and being obnoxious, this gentleman simply just pulls up a barstool and lends her a shoulder to lean on. With a fun upbeat vibe, this song pulls you in right from the head-bobbing riff in the beginning. The imagery in each verse pulls you in. From drowning in alcohol to spinning around the dance floor with the absolute knight in shining armor, this young lady not only found a good time, but a dude that isn't incredibly creepy and horny. Guys, let's strive to be like the guy in the song, 'cause when I am chilling at the bar, some of you are brutal and make yourselves look like major complete dumbasses.
Inspiration Behind "Happy Hour Heartbreak"
Written By: Tyler Holmes & Colton Parker
"For sure. I was living in College Station, Texas and my creativity kind of just hit me in waves. I remember playing with my dog in the backyard and just humming a melody. That's when I got the idea for the song, it hit me out of left field. I sat on this song for like 2 years. When I moved to Nashville, I was introduced to a guy named Colton Parker, who actually plays bass in Hunter Hayes' band and does a lot in town. Colton and I had a write and I took that song to it. We rewrote it together last year. That's how the final product for "Happy Hour Heartbreak" came to be."
Q & A With Tyler Holmes
Q: Who are some of your biggest influences in Music?
A: "Oh man. I would have to say, Randy Travis, as far as some of the more traditional Country Music goes. These days I'm pretty much all Morgan Wallen and Luke Combs. Those guys are killing it. HARDY is very influential because his songwriting is top tier. I do like the progressive country, so I like what's coming out. That's right up my alley and I feel like it inspires me to write my own stuff. Like when I heard "865" on Morgan's new album, I immediately was getting new ideas for potential songs. New Country really lights a fire under my ass."
Q: What's been the best advice anyone has ever given you?
A: "That's a deep question bro! I mean, I think from personal experience, people give advice and have great insight, but we aren't always open to hearing what is being said. Enjoying the journey. I grew up with my parents always saying that, like I'm not going to be at the finish line off the rip, so enjoying each step it takes to get there is important. That has helped me really be patient with music throughout my career thus far. I always just try to live in the moment instead of only looking ahead to what's next."
Q: To you, what do you like/dislike about both the Nashville and Texas music scene?
A: "I mean they are very different like you said. Texas feels more authentic to be honest. I hate even saying that because the whole argument of "this is country, this isn't country", I don't like playing into that. I feel that today's Country Music is going to be different than 10 years ago. But, back to what I was saying, Texas Country sounds more authentic and feels more Country. Nashville gives you the leather jacket, tight jeans and bar scene vibe. It's cool. I love that modern feel, but Texas gives you that two lane, pulling your truck up in a field and shit like that feel."
Q: What's a song you wish you had written?
A: "Definitely "Chasin' You" by Morgan Wallen would have been #1 on my list. Let's think... "One Beer" by HARDY and "Forever and Ever Amen" by Randy Travis. I would say for all three of them I just have a feeling. I am a very nostalgic person and when I hear music, I feel it and it takes me back to moments I've experienced. When I hear these three songs, I'm at the peak of those feelings."