William Tyler is a Nashville-based guitarist who has played with Lambchop, the Silver Jews, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Tim Chad and Sherry, Charlie Louvin, and his own solo project the Paper Hats. Tyler is also the founder of the Sebastian Speaks record label, which has released records such as Hilarity and Despair: American Answering Tapes Volume 1, a "compendium of discarded and disregarded answering machine tapes" as well as records by Forrest Bride and Ted Lucas. On November 23rd, William will be releasing Behold the Spirit under his own name on the Tompkins Square label.
I sent Mr. Tyler a few e-mails with questions about his experiences playing on some of the many records and songs that he has. I didn't ask him about every piece of music he leant his talents to... but for the ones I did, William was able to provide me with some great stories about how these songs and LPs came to be. This guy rocks!
Check out his stories below...
"Being Tyler" by Lambchop from Aw Cmon, 2004
Tanglewood Numbers by Silver Jews, 2005