The McCoy Tyler Band is heading back to the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville, on Saturday, Oct. 20.
Somewhere between Dylan and The Devil Makes Three, Townes Van Zandt and Railroad Earth, with a little Bill Monroe and Tony Rice thrown in for good measure, is the McCoy Tyler Band — a three-piece acoustic trio hailing from Santa Cruz.
The group formed in May 2011 after songwriter McCoy Tyler posted an ad. He had spent six years performing as a guitarist in groups throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and decided to try his hand at songwriting.
Among the first to reply to his ad were drummer and Sacramento-native Clinton Brown and Ohio-born upright bassist Chad Bowen. Both members acclimated quickly to Tyler’s vision of a highly vocal-based style of folk music, complete with three-part harmonies and thumping rhythm sections.
Within the first year the McCoy Tyler Band has performed regularly at such notable venues as Kuumbwa Jazz, Don Quixotes, The Catalyst and Moe’s Alley.
Rooted deep in the customs of American folk music, the McCoy Tyler Band seeks to pay homage to such traditions while incorporating their own unique style of lyricism, instrumentation and performance.
The music starts at 8 p.m. and there is a $5 cover charge.