Watch Tyler Smilo's Latest Rooftop Sessions
Local singer-songwriter Tyler Smilo plays a pair of songs from 2015's Dust in a Grave on the roof of The Brewerie.
Tyler Smilo doesn't seem to take many breaks. The local singer-songwriter had one of the Reader's top local albums in 2014 with the solo Blood into Sound, followed that up with the excellent Dust in a Grave this past January, went on a month-long East Coast tour with his fellow gypsy 'tonk-loving bandmembers in Potwhole, and has an EP coming out this spring with Daybreak Radio. Needless to say, he's certainly not coming up short on content.
Fortunately for us, it's good content. Smilo's latest efforts come in the form of a pair of videos, with two more entries being added to the ongoing Rooftop Sessions series. For those unfamiliar with the concept, it's exactly what it sounds like: music on a rooftop.
The series began in September of last year with a pair of videos shot by Eddie Aranda on the top of the King's Rook Club. A couple of months later, the Renaissance Center's roof played host for a trio of Smilo songs shot by R. Frank Photography. Now the artist has brought the Rooftop Sessions to the top of the Brewerie at Union Square, playing a pair of songs while wearing a pair of impresively reflective sunglasses.
Personally, I'm pretty pleased that Smilo tabbed "Dust in a Grave" for this session, since it might be my favorite track off of his new album. Add in the sweet "Flowers and Dirt" and we're up to seven entries in the Rooftop Sessions, and something tells me that Smilo will be pretty pleased to eventually record future songs in nicer weather. Despite Mother Nature's relentless assault on Erie's sense of Spring, the videos still look awfully good, not to mention sounding pretty darn great. I suggest that you check out both songs below. If you'd rather see Smilo, Potwhole, or Daybreak Radio live, head to his Facebook page for show dates and other information.
[Update: A wild performance appears! Another song from the Brewerie recording session was posted shortly after this post went live, so the Rooftop Sessions are now eight deep. You can enjoy "A Long Time" with the other videos below.]