He landed a job working as a bouncer at the legendary Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge for five months until he was able to convince the management to let him sing. For the next few years, he would play the Tootsie’s stage four nights a week, in addition to working security at the door.
An avid outdoorsman, Tyler found a friend in award-winning songwriter and fellow outdoorsman, Rhett Akins. Rhett had heard some of Tyler’s music and wanted to work with him. After writing with some of the best songwriters in Nashville, Tyler eventually landed a publishing deal with Sony ATV/Monument Publishing, and it was that connection that ultimately helped him land his recording contract on Sony Music Nashville’s BNA Records and release his debut album, Redneck Crazy.
In addition to recording and songwriting, Tyler has toured extensively with Colt Ford, for whom Tyler wrote the song, “Hey Y’all,” as well as opened for Jerrod Niemann and Lee Brice in early 2011 on The Higher Education Tour.