BY MELANIE BUCK –
Hometown native Tyler Boydstun can now add actor to his growing resume. Boydstun, and his band The Eskimo Brothers, have graced the silver screen in the new movie, The Song, starring Alan Powell, Ali Faulkner, and Caitlin Nicol-Thomas. “It’s a story about a guy that faces the temptations of being famous. It has a really good moral to it,” said Boydstun.
Boydstun has been playing Rockabilly style at various venues in Nashville for four years. Early in those years, he met Caitlin Nicol-Thomas, who occasionally plays the fiddle for The Eskimo Brothers. “We’re generally a three piece set but we get tired of hearing our own voices, so we like to add to the band for our Nashville shows,” stated Boydstun. Thomas turned out to be a great addition. After being cast in the film as Shelby Bale, Thomas was asked by producers if she knew a local band that might fit the profile of ‘Shelby Bale’s Band,’ to which she responded by pulling out her phone and showing them a clip from YouTube of The Eskimo Brothers. The producers watched the clip and asked how they could meet.” Boydstun said, “it’s a perfect example of networking in Nashville.” When talking about the call they received from producers, Boydstun said, “They were looking for a band of bad guys. The ‘motley crew’ that causes destruction everywhere they go. So I thought, well, I guess that sounds like us. Some wild looking guys with tattoos.” In addition to playing in Shelby Bale’s Band, they also got to sing some of the songs played in the movie.
The Song was written and directed by Richard Ramsey and follows the same moralistic tone of the Bible’s King Solomon. According to the official website, its storyline is about “aspiring singer-songwriter Jed King (Alan Powell) as he struggles to catch a break and escape the long shadow of his father, a country music legend. After reluctantly accepting a gig at a local vineyard harvest festival, Jed is love struck by the vineyard owner’s daughter, Rose (Ali Faulkner), and a romance quickly blooms. Soon after their wedding, Jed writes Rose “The Song,” which becomes a breakout hit. Thrust into a life of stardom and a world of temptation in the form of fellow performer Shelby Bale (Caitlin Nicol- Thomas), Jed’s life and marriage begin to fall apart.”
Justin Chang of Variety says The Song is “A well-crooned country tune can invest even the hoariest cliches with honest feeling, and in much the same fashion, “The Song” takes a familiar tale of love, marriage, betrayal and redemption, and delivers a largely satisfying rendition. One of the better Christian-themed independent productions to come along…”
Boydstun admits that acting is something that he’s thought about but music is his first passion. “I’m actually a drummer first, I’ve played my entire life. That got me to Nashville. When I got here, I moved in with this guy that teaches vocal lessons at Belmont University. He took me on as a guinea pig project and taught me to sing. It helped because it got me a lot more gigs because I could sing harmony. It also helped because it got me gigs on Broadway (Honkey Tonk Row), in Nashville. So just to make a little more money, I started singing. I always thought being in a movie would be neat but I never thought it would happen in Nashville.”
Although Boydstun and the boys haven’t had a chance to see the movie, missing the premier in Kentucky because they were on the road, it has hit theaters nation-wide. The Song is now showing at the theaters in Fort Smith and Little Rock.