"Crow & The Canyon are a band with a future. They have a good look, they’re affable and easy-going on stage and the most important thing, (obviously) they sound tremendous.
All of the signifiers of a fantastic night of pickin’ were there: sad songs, drinking songs, dancing songs and of course: heartbreak songs. Austin Quattlebaum, Ben Larsen and Leigh Jones are all accomplished vocalists and players in their own right, but when on stage together they meld into something transfixing. The group went from rowdy, old school drinking numbers where they traded lines and harmonized wonderfully, to slower numbers were Jones played siren to every wistful (wishful?) single fella in the audience.
I couldn’t quite put my finger on what exactly made the band’s sound stand out for me from other bands of their ilk until I did some research on the group’s diverse background. Featuring a Portland music scene vet in Ben Larsen, an Appalachia-via-Savannah, Georgia Southerner in Austin Quattlebaum, a bassist who cut his teeth in Santa Cruz’s funk scene in Miles Berry and Leigh Jones, an NYU-educated ukulele player, The Crow & The Canyon’s lineup is quite a bit more diverse than most. It’s also a very Portland lineup, as part of what makes this wonderful city so amazing is the fact that it serves as a beacon for creative types to come together in an environment conducive to producing art. I can’t help but postulate that such a varied background has something to do with the “it” that TC&TC have in spades."
-Donovan Farley, True Blue Magazine
The McCoy Tyler Band is a progressive acoustic trio based in Santa Cruz, CA. Their music fuses elements of traditional folk, bluegrass, old-school country, blues, and more. Tyler’s impactful songwriting and unique arrangements paired with the band’s high-energy live set make them one of the most intriguing up and coming bands in the Bay Area and beyond.
The group formed in May 2011 when McCoy Tyler, who after spending six years performing strictly as a lead guitarist in rock and metal groups throughout the San Francisco Bay Area (most notably Trigger Renegade and Brother Pacific), began taking his own songwriting more seriously. He promptly recruited drummer and UCSC student Clinton Brown and Ohio-born upright bassist Chad Bowen. Both members acclimated quickly to Tyler’s vision of a highly vocal-based style of acoustic music, utilizing three-part harmonies and a powerful rhythm section.