Music on Main wraps up this weekend. The final performers at the free summer concert series in Denison will be Ty England and The Arbuckle Xpress band. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Heritage Park.
“Like many artists before him, Ty's creative spirit soared when he left Nashville and returned to his roots,” England's biography on his website says. “Being away from the business side of the music industry left him time to concentrate on the music part.”
England began his musical career 30 years ago. With a guitar in hand, the Oklahoma native was roommates with Garth Brooks in his youth and after performing with Brooks for a time, England went solo.
His debut self-titled album was released in 1995. Since then, England has released three other albums with RCA, Capitol, and Triple T. His debut album reached No. 13 on the U.S. Country Music Charts and his second album reached No. 54.
“Ty has retained his solid fan base by staying with what brought him to the dance — bona fide country music,” the biography on England's website says.
“I grew up on it,” Ty reflects. “My grandpa taught me to play the old country songs on guitar. My country music buddies and I took it from there.”
His concert tours consistently reflect those roots and get rave reviews, such as the one in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that pointed to the ease with which he vocally moves from “…ballads to honky tonk to Western swing…with real conviction.”
England's most recent album “Alive and Well and Livin' the Dream” was released in 2007.