BY LEANN DILBECK –
Hometown boy turned Nashville recording artist/actor, Tyler Boydstun, is returning to Mena for a local performance on September 1. Long-time loyal Boydstun fans will notice a considerable change in Boydstun’s singing partners and style.
An accomplished Nashville artist, Boydstun plays over 250 shows a year on Nashville’s famed ‘Broadway,’ along with touring across the United States. He helped found the “Eskimo Brothers,” but has recently left his rockabilly style behind and is now singing with a long-time friend and fellow Nashville recording artist/actress, Caitlin Nicol-Thomas.
The pair have known each other since both hit the Nashville scene in 2010, but their first collaboration was on the silver screen in “The Song.” Caitlin was cast as Shelby Bale and Boydstun was cast as the drummer of her band.
The duo, now known as ‘The Thread,’ are a stark contrast to Boydstun’s earlier work with the Eskimo Brothers and reflects not only his personal maturity but his maturity as an artist.
They are wrapping up their first CD with producer and friend Vince Emmett, who composes and produces the scores of episodic and feature length films with his company, Picture Sonics, in his private Nashville studio.
Releasing their first tract, ‘In the Pines,’ in April of this year, the duo’s sound is raw, real, and earthy. “I hope they enjoy this new project and music I’ve been working on,” said Boydstun in anticipation of debuting his new act to his Mena fans.
Both provide vocals and each play a variety of instruments. Boydstun on guitar and percussion with Thomas on the fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and keyboard, the duo’s unique and timeless style fill a room.
The duo will appear in Mena on September 1 at UARM’s Ouachita Center before hitting the road for two performances in Iowa. “My thanks to all of my hometown supporters! I really appreciate you! Please keep in touch with me on Facebook.com/tylerboydstundrums. Hope to see you at the show September 1!” Tickets are $10 each and are available at the UARM Bookstore or by contacting Morris or Tonya Boydstun at 479-234-7940.