The Tyler Walker Band continues to build its reputation as one of the most sought-after country bands in the region, headlining clubs, events and festivals all over the front range.
Winners of the 2018 “Band of the Year” by the Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame and five-time Rocky Mountain Country Music Award Nominees, The Tyler Walker Band has opened for country music stars such as Big & Rich, Travis Tritt, Midland, Carly Pearce, Kane Brown, Clay Walker, Eric Paslay, Sawyer Brown and rock legends Foreigner.
The group has been hired by promoters such as AEG Live and Live Nation to play at venues like Isleta Amphitheater in Albuquerque, The Fillmore in Denver, and Red Rocks Amphitheatre to perform at concerts featuring Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Frankie Ballard, Rascal Flatts and Jason Aldean.
In April 2018, the band released “The Rivergate Sessions EP”, recorded in Nashville with producer Chris Henderson of the hit rock band 3 Doors Down.
The band continues to headline clubs, fairs, festivals and high-profile events such as "A Taste of Colorado", The Greeley Stampede, Cheyenne Frontier Days, The Colorado State Fair and many others.
The Tyler Walker Band features Nashville recording artists, singer/songwriter Tyler Walker on lead vocals, Brian Sunde on guitars/background vocals, Joe Marone on bass, Ryan Kimray on drums, and John DeWitt on keys.
Tyler Walker, Lead Vocals
Raised in a family of six kids, Tyler Walker discovered his love for music at an early age, banging out his own melodies on the family's old upright piano. He was infatuated with his parents' 8-track collection of such musical icons as Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, ABBA, Neil Diamond and of course, the king himself - Elvis. All these musical influences would later come together to create Tyler's intimate style and pure sound. With his powerful, tenor voice and his honest, sincere lyrics, audiences find a unique sense of charm and connection.
In 2004, Tyler's passion for music compelled him to pack up his '94 Honda Accord, leave his family and his college degree behind, and spend several years pursuing a recording and publishing deal in Nashville, TN.
Since that day, Tyler has continued to aggressively pursue his music dreams. In 2010 he helped form The Tyler Walker Band, and continues to write and perform on stages across the region.
Brian Sunde, Guitars & Background Vocals
Brian Sunde grew up in a very musical family and played drums and percussion throughout his youth, growing up near Estherville, Iowa. He pursued music throughout high school and earned a music scholarship at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, where he played percussion in the BVU Symphony and drums in the BVU Jazz Ensemble.
He picked up his Dad's old guitar at age 16. Inspired by rock guitarists such as Eddie Van Halen, Eric Johnson, and Steve Vai, Brian played rock, blues and country in various bands.
After moving to Denver in 1999, Brian dusted off his guitar and played in several bands with his cousin Mark Gentry, including Longshot and Registered Trademark. He then joined country artist Brad Lee Schroeder, where he played along-side Eric Zeiher, together fulfilling all guitar duties. Brian then met Tyler Walker and created a three-piece acoustic act including Mark Gentry. Off of that success, they expanded the act and turned it into what is known today as The Tyler Walker Band.
Brian is a web developer by day and lives in Roxborough with his wife Michele and three children, Connor, Emma and Charlotte.
Ryan Kimray, Drums/Percussion
Ryan Kimray joins the Tyler Walker Band with a diverse history of playing drums. He has played Jazz, Funk, Blues, Metal, Pop-rock and is now venturing into the world of Country. He has toured the United States with the Troopers Drum Corp & local Denver acts and is looking forward to bringing excellent music to a venue near you.
Coming from a family with a strong music background, Ryan began drumming with his Dad at the age of 3. Playing drums has always been a passion of his, starting from middle school, all the way through to his college days at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Ryan has performed in venues such as Sports Authority Field @ Mile High, Gillette Stadium in Foxborrow, MA, and the Famous Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, CA.
Ryan is a Colorado local who loves snowboarding and watching sports. If he is not busy drumming, he is either watching his Buffs, Avalanche or Broncos. He also likes to get away by getting on his snowboard. Ryan also loves spending time with his wife Jessica and daughter Evelyn.
Joe Marone, Bass
Joe Marone brings an extensive musical history and love for music to the band, and he is no stranger to the Colorado music scene. He has played in several bands throughout the years including Caught in the Act, Relapsed, Cupid's Dead, The Seventh Time and Towhead Demons.
Accomplishments include two European record/publishing deals with international distribution, songs used in commercials in Japan, and music featured on the A&E TV series "Dog the Bounty Hunter". He has toured Colorado and the mid-west opening for national acts such as Tesla, Winger, Warrant and Skid Row. He has played on a variety of stages from small bars and arenas, to the famous One Eyed Jack's Saloon in Sturgis for the 70th Anniversary Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
"I have been extremely lucky and blessed to have had the opportunity to play with very talented musicians in every band I have been in. Now that opportunity will continue with The Tyler Walker Band. I can't wait to see what the future holds!"
John DeWitt, Keyboards
The newest member of The Tyler Walker Band is keyboardist John DeWitt. John started playing piano at age 7 and never turned back. He has been involved in the live music scene since his junior high school days in the early 80's.
John grew up in Westminster, Colorado and quickly progressed from the local music scene to regional performances with a year long stint in LA in 1987. Some of DeWitt's more notable bands include Lil Dreamer, Tainted Soul, Eyes of Egypt, The Mad Cow Posse, Doublewide, and VOA - A Tribute To Sammy Hagar.
DeWitt takes full credit for creating the comeback of the keytar and is the first to play the National Anthem on a keytar in a major sporting venue! In 2011 he played before the Colorado Eagles at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, CO and then again in 2012 at the Pepsi center in Denver before a Colorado Mammoth game.
In 2014, John took on the role of Night Show Chairman of the Greeley Stampede where he books two stages every year with 50+ national, regional and local acts. Some of his top bookings include Thomas Rhett, Lady A, Vince Neil, Night Ranger, Whitesnake, and Kenny Rogers.
John has two kids, Stephanie 20, and Josh 17. He recently married Cheri Wolfe and added her kids Lhandri 20 and Saryn 9 to the family.