August 8, 2020: Tyler Hughes
Tyler Hughes hails from Big Stone Gap, Virginia, where he began learning the traditions of mountain music at age 12. A singer and multi instrumentalist (clawhammer banjo, autoharp, guitar, dulcimer), Tyler brings new life to country music’s old time and classic repertoire, following influential artists like The Carter Family, Little Jimmy Dickens, and Dock Boggs, just to name a few.
Tyler makes Appalachian humor and storytelling an important part of his performances and in addition to his rapport with audiences, Tyler is an accomplished square dance caller and an award winning flat foot dancer. He graduated from East Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies in 2015.He has performed on program series like NPR’s Mountain Stage, Music City Roots, and Jazz at the Lincoln Center. His music has been featured by PBS and The Bluegrass Situation
Tyler’s performance is made possible in part by funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge.