Tyler Dickerson – “Tell Your Sister I’m Single”

C.M. Wilcox | February 12th, 2010

tyler-dickersonAt 16 years old, Lyric Street’s Tyler Dickerson looks like Haley Joel Osment miscast as Ronnie Van Zant in a Lynyrd Skynyrd biopic, and sings like a man twice his age. He emanates confidence on his debut single, a fetching country-rocker called “Tell Your Sister I’m Single.”

Like Taylor Swift’s “Picture to Burn,” the song is an age appropriate kiss-off following a less-than-amicable split. “There’s nothing stopping me from going out with all of your best friends,” warned Swift. “Spread the word around, I’m looking for rebound/Tell your sister I’m single,” sings Dickerson. If it’s a juvenile sentiment, it’s appropriately (even delightfully) so, given that the singer is, well, a juvenile. Better this than a song about trying to feed his family on a working man’s wage.

Having opened for David Lee Murphy at the tender age of 9, Dickerson already has years of experience under his belt, and it shows. His vocal performance on this track is as fine as you’ll hear from any of the handful of male singers vying for a spot on radio’s A-list, and a good deal more likable than most – including the wispy croon of John Rich, who was instrumental in helping him acquire his record deal.

It’s impossible to say whether Rich or Lyric Street would have taken an interest before Swift cast her youthful spell, but now that he’s here, hear this kid on his own terms: Tyler Dickerson can sing.

Need proof? Witness the way he glides, tongue planted firmly in cheek, right past a potential snare in the chorus: Sisters are fair game, but what of “tell your mama I’m ready to mingle” coming from a 16-year-old mouth? It’d be an uncomfortable moment if Dickerson seemed oblivious to our discomfort, but something about his delivery lets us know that he’s in on the joke. Which he then pushes to ridiculous extremes: “Let’s keep it in the family/Yeah, you can call me daddy,” that last word stretched out so vigorously as to highlight its absurdity. The kid’s messing with us, and I think I like it.

Regardless of whether or not this ends up being his first big hit, it certainly feels like the arrival of a talent well worth watching in the years to come.

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Listen: Tyler Dickerson – “Tell Your Sister I’m Single”

  1. Thomas
    February 12, 2010 at 7:09 am

    …if testosteron could sing it’d probably sound like this. i’m still laughing and can’t get the picture of coconuts out of my mind. good one.

  2. PaulaW
    February 12, 2010 at 8:02 am

    I’ve heard this kid live several times around Nashville. He’s damn good.

  3. idlewildsouth
    February 12, 2010 at 9:28 am

    What about Lynyrd Skynyrd?

  4. Jordan Stacey
    February 12, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Wow, really not what I had expected. This is good, and hopefully this is a hit, his voice more than warrants it.

  5. Nicolas
    February 12, 2010 at 11:25 am

    That song was pretty good, I liked it =)

  6. Stewman
    February 12, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    There is something about the promo shot that annoys me. Let the kid sing first, then add the Johnny Cash touches & Ironed hairdo later.

  7. Troy
    February 12, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    I agree about the promo shot. I found the song a little creepy.

  8. Dan Milliken
    February 12, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    [Insert review compliment.] The song doesn’t totally come together for me, but the overall package is pretty promising. Smells like a hit.

  9. Noeller
    February 12, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Definitely didn’t live up to my expectation. Giving this one a giant “Meh”…the whole thing sounds like “Picture To Burn” from a guy’s perspective, and not written as well. I dislike Taylor as much as the next guy, so trust me – this is not a good thing.

  10. Matt B.
    February 12, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Comparing Tyler Dickerson to Justin Bieber, Bieber sounds like he’s about 11 or something when he’s basically the same age as Dickerson…

  11. Rick
    February 12, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Matt, that sounds about right as the majority of Justin’s fans are tweens or younger and I wouldn’t expect those little screechers to go for a song like Tyler’s. Besides Justin’s fans are too young to go out on a date anyway, but I’m sure he’s a big topic of conversation at slumber parties!

    I would like to hear Tyler’s more traditional country stuff rather than this radio ready dittie, but its an okay song as it stands. I’m looking to hearing more from this teen whippersnapper!

  12. PaulaW
    February 12, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    You can listen to a much better quality version of this song (and several of his others) on his website.

    http://www.hyfntrak.com/tylerlovesradio/

    (those allaccess links always sound like crap to me even if it’s a song and an artist i like)

  13. Steve M.
    February 12, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Am I getting old if I think this kid needs a haircut? He is way too young to try and look he is in Lynard Skynard in the 70s. He does have a nice voice though.

  14. Razor X
    February 12, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Am I getting old if I think this kid needs a haircut?

    Definitely not, because I thought the same thing. ;)

  15. Ron
    February 12, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    I’m not rushing to add it to my iPod but I did like it a lot more than I expected. I’ll be interested to see what he does in the future. He is a lot more interesting than most of the Nashville pumped singers.

  16. Noeller
    February 12, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Yeah, Steve – I’m 29, and I hate young dudes with long hair. Frig. Couple of my buddies’ wives have let their kids grow long hair, and it drives me bananas. I’m not demanding crew cuts, but there’s gotta be a happy medium. Not a fan of the look, and not really a fan of the song (even after multiple listens…)

  17. Ron
    February 12, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    @ Noeller & others – It is funny as I’m pushing the 50 mark and the long hair doesn’t bother me. I grew up with it so it is fine with me especially on someone 16.

  18. Steve Harvey
    February 12, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    I like this.

  19. Trey
    February 12, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Woaah, whoever that was, don’t hate on Justin Bieber.

  20. Linda
    February 13, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    I’ve also seen Tyler perform a couple of times in Nashville, and he is terrific. He’s also a really nice person.

  21. Linda
    February 13, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Just talked to my friend Paula (her comments above), and she said (hopefully), Tyler may be the one to bring back REAL COUNTRY. I agree with her. He reminds me of a really young Dwight Yoakam.

  22. PaulaW
    February 14, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    I just hope he can stick to his young guns and not let Lyric Street “pop” him up. This first single scared me, but after listening to what else is on the album, there’s a lot of good country (not pop-country) on there.

  23. Edward
    February 15, 2010 at 12:24 am

    Wow, he is great and at such a young age. Thanks for the post!

  24. Wade
    February 16, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    I found this a few weeks ago, and listened to more on his myspace. The kid has talent, and i really like this song! Surprising, considering hes on Lyric Street…

  25. Emgee
    February 24, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    I find this song somewhat creepy coming from a 16 year old.

  26. nashville regular
    March 2, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    The last time I heard Tyler sing he had improved some! But Pro-tools can do wonders! He had pitch and octave problems when he was at Tootsies! Lyric Street is trying to cash in on the Taylor Swift phenomenon with this kid. He might be successful (wish him all the luck) but he might be another person with a dream to be crushed by the gears and wheel of the music industry! Good luck Tyler your going need it to survive!

  27. Georgia Boyd
    March 6, 2010 at 9:50 am

    I CAN GET TO WHERE i CAN SEE YOUR PICTURE, BUT i CANNOT HEAR THE SONG. i WILL KEEP TRYING.
    LOVE AUNT GEORGIA

  28. Jessica
    March 14, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Tyler’s my best friend, and is nowhere near being like Taylor Swift, sorry. And for anyone having doubts about his look, that’s just the way he is. Nobody’s trying to make him look, or sound, like anyone. Go to a show of his and you’ll see. He’s worked hard to get where he’s at and deserves it. Yes, everyone has their own opinion, but give him a chance. He may not be a “perfect” singer, if there’s such a thing, but he’s an awesome performer, and makes friends with everyone. He feels every song he sings. Even if he hasn’t been in that position, he puts himself there to make the song great, and that’s a true artist. He’s not about the “bubble gum pop” — and that sets him WAY apart from T Swift. He’ll surprise you.

  29. nashvegas
    March 22, 2010 at 12:06 am

    Tyler is very much his own person and doesn’t try to be like anybody else. I know him personally and have been to at least 100 of his shows. He can electrify a crowd with energy, enthusiasm and a fantastic stage presence. His vocals are unmatched for somebody his age. Also, please read the 1st comment by Jessica. She is right on the money!!

  30. Ronnie
    April 27, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Saw Tyler open up for Brooks & Dunn,,,I was totally blowin away!!! Cannot believe the voice that comes out of this 16 year old kid. I believe he’s the real deal, but like many, because he is so nice, little nervous about the industry eating him up alive. I predict he will go on to become a huge item in the country business,,,Good luck Tyler, and do what you do best, sing my friend!!!!

  31. K & A sisters 4eva
    May 4, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    he isssssssssssssssssssssss soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhoooooooooooooooooooooooottttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt HE IS SO HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND A GREAT SINGER!!!!!!!!

  32. Dale
    June 11, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    I too know Tyler Dickerson. We practically launched him and his whole family to Nashville by working him to death at our little Martin County Fair in Stuart, FL when he was only eleven and twelve years old. It just goes to show how faith, family, talent, hard work and dedicated people can make a difference in dreams coming true beyond our wildest dreams. Trust me when I say, the next single, “She Ain’t You” is gonna blow it out of the water like a geiser!!

    Tyler! If you are reading please know the offer still stands that next time you come back to us you are gonna headline our Martin County Fair! Good luck and God bless you and your sweet family in everything you do! ~Ms Dale XOXO

  33. Dale
    June 11, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Oops! My mistake! I new single is called “She’d Be You” :)

  34. eli
    July 19, 2010 at 1:28 am

    I’ve known Tyler for a while, he is a very good person. On the business side of things I can tell you the song is mainstream material, and tylers voice not only is great and speaks for itself, its a trademark. Being in the business myself as well, I know how hard it is to try to make it as a singer. I’m only a few years older than Tyler but i know what I’m talking about when I say he has the whole package.
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