When he's not on the road, William Tyler calls Nashville home. Outside the main drag, it's a beautiful, no-frills Southern town where the day-to-day often happens in strip malls and small neighborhoods. To coincide with a reissue of his 2008 album Deseret Canyon — originally released under the name The Paper Hats — his sister Elise Tyler presents a day in the life of the guitarist for "The Sleeping Prophet."
Set to a country-tinged melody with flourishes of lap steel and ambient underbrush, the video shows William Tyler as he scrambles eggs, works out, gets those finger-picking nails done, hits up his favorite dive — he's so clearly in his element that we forget it's a music video. Here's Elise Tyler:
When William asked me to direct a video for him, I knew that I wanted to make a video only I, his sister, could make. For me, that meant an intimate look into his world. Every location and scene is true to his day-to-day life in Nashville. An important aspect for me was driving — on tour or off, he loves to drive. He has driven alone across the country multiple times on tour. At home, he often relaxes with a cruise around town. We shot the entire video in one day, with my crew including Dustin Lane as director of photography. It was a rewarding experience and speaks very true to my brother and the beautiful simplicity of his life off the road.
Deseret Canyon is out now on Merge and iTunes.