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Harmony Singing Workshop with Jared Tyler and Sam Gleaves

Harmony Singing Workshop with Jared Tyler and Sam Gleaves

Jared Tyler and Sam Gleaves will teach harmony singing at the Woody Guthrie Center November 12, sponsored by Folk Alliance International.

When Jared Tyler and Sam Gleaves met at this year’s Folk Alliance International events, the two songwriters found an instant kinship. “Gleaves said, “When I listened to Jared perform later that night, I was moved by the power and the vulnerability of his voice. His songs were crafted so beautifully that I felt like I knew the people he was singing about.” After several late night sessions harmonizing on spirituals and gospel songs, the two musicians returned home and immediately began planning their first tour together.

The Woody Guthrie Center will host a harmony singing workshop with Jared Tyler and Sam Gleaves on Sunday November 12 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. The Woody Guthrie Center is located at 102 E Mathew B. Brady Street in Tulsa. No registration or fee is required to participate in this workshop but donations will be accepted for the instructors. All singers are welcome and no previous experience with harmony singing is required.

Tyler and Gleaves have both earned reputations as musical storytellers and soulful singers. Tyler, a Tulsa native and respected multi-instrumentalist, released his third solo record Dirt on Your Hands in June. Glowing reviews and praise for the record have followed from No Depression, PRX Radio In Search of A Song, Midwest Record and numerous radio DJs. The love of family, friends and characters from Tyler’s past permeates the record, as does Tyler’s social consciousness that presents love as a solution in these uncertain times. An eclectic blend of bluegrass, country, gospel, pop, swing and Hawaiian elements meet in Tyler’s songwriting, all complemented by his masterful skills on guitar, Dobro, mandolin and ukulele. Legendary songwriter Malcolm Holcombe says “Jared Tyler sings and plays as good as anybody. Period. His songs are poignant justice.” With Holcombe, Tyler has opened for the likes of Billy Bragg, Merle Haggard, Shelby Lynne and Wilco. On his own, Tyler has opened for Karl Denson and Nickel Creek, and relished performing onstage alongside heroes Emmylou Harris and Buddy Miller after Harris sang on his 2005 album Blue Alleluia. Although the affable Tyler twice lived in Nashville, he’s now happily rooted with his partner in the supportive Tulsa community where he grew up singing in church, and where his grandfather taught him to play mandolin. It was there, too, that he developed his songwriting craft and performance chops alongside peers like John Fullbright, Parker Milsap, Stoney LaRue and John Moreland (who invited Tyler to play on his last two records). Tyler’s generosity of spirit infuses Dirt on Your Hands and his live performances. Of his songwriting, Tyler says “I like to juxtapose the super sad with the hopeful. A lot of my colleagues made millions off beer-drinking party songs, and there’s nothing wrong with that; we need those. But I’m not the person to write them. If I’m going to spend my time writing a song and sharing it, I’d like it to be something people can relate to that’s going to leave them a little better.”

Another common thread evident in the songs of Tyler and Gleaves is the importance of stories rooted in their home places. Born and raised in rural southwest Virginia, Gleaves carries on the old songs and fiddle-and-banjo tunes from the mountains along with thoughtful original songs that tell contemporary stories from Appalachia. Sam’s musical journey began in the barber shop run by master musician and storyteller Jim Lloyd who soon connected him with another mentor, ballad singer Sheila Kay Adams, 2013 recipient of the NEA National Heritage Fellowship. In 2015 Sam released his debut album of original songs, titled Ain’t We Brothers, produced by Cathy Fink. This record was featured by The Guardian, National Public Radio, No Depression, The Bluegrass Situation and others. Sam has toured throughout the United States and in Ireland, England, Italy, Canada and Japan. In 2016, Sam toured supporting iconic folk artists Peggy Seeger in the UK and John McCutcheon in the U.S. Author Lee Smith calls Sam “the best young songwriter around . . . courageous as hell and country to the bone.” In 2017, Sam released his first recording of duets with fellow southwest Virginia native Tyler Hughes. Folk singer and songwriter John McCutcheon says this new recording holds “heart-stopping anthems to everything that is the best in Appalachia and in each of us.”


1:00pm – 3:00am