Cale Tyson: Shouldn’t Have Been A Cowboy

“I’m actually writing songs that are pretty much 100 percent true stories, which feels good.”

Photo by Shervin Lainez

“I’ve gotta show you this,” says Cale Tyson. Sitting at a restaurant in Brooklyn, Tyson pulls out his phone, finds a picture, and hands it over. It’s a poster illustration for an upcoming sold-out show in the Netherlands that depicts a cartoon rendering of Tyson dressed in a full-denim outfit riding a horse. The young 26-year-old singer-songwriter is about to embark on a month-long tour in Europe, where he’s known as “Cowboy Cale,” a bona fide emblem of the old-fashioned country music stylings that, to foreign audiences, signify “America” with a pleasing literalness.

Tyson laughs. He has no idea how he’s become Cowboy Cale, and he’s about ready to move on. He’s long since ditched his cowboy hat, and is in fact a bit nervous about abandoning it for the first time for his upcoming tour in Europe, particularly in the United Kingdom, where Tyson is much more well known than he is in the States.

“Honestly, I’ve had a little identity crisis in the last year,” he says. “I’ve had to take a step back and be like, ‘Wait a second, I’m not this person.’ I can’t continue to put out this image that’s not completely truthful to me.”

Tyson's Twitter bio gets to the point more succinctly: “Not an outlaw.”

This summer, Cale Tyson’s debut album Careless Soul will finally be released in the states. It’s been a long journey for the album, which was released in the U.K. in 2016, recorded in 2015, and written in the year and a half period before then. It’s no wonder, then, that at... Sign In to Keep Reading

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