Watch Jason Lytle Perform "Brand New Sun"
Watch Jason Lytle Perform "Birds Encouraged Him"
Watch Jason Lytle Perform "Derek Spears" (Grandaddy song)
Jason Lytle got his start as the frontman for the Modesto, Calif., rock band Grandaddy. Through the '90s, until the group disbanded in 2006, Grandaddy built a loyal audience by making beautifully orchestrated, neo-psychedelic space-pop. It was a carefully crafted blend of gentle acoustic strums and swirling electronics, with Lytle's lyrics exploring the lives of the lonely, the heartbroken and robots with drinking problems.
This year, Lytle returns with his debut solo album, Yours Truly, The Commuter. It's his first release since the breakup of Grandaddy, and it essentially picks up where the band left off, confirming Lytle's place as that group's primary creative force.
Lytle showcased some of his new songs during several brief performances at this year's South by Southwest music festival. He took time out of his schedule to meet with NPR Music for this video shoot at the historic (and cavernous) Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas. He's joined by Rusty Miller, singer for the group Jackpot.