Tyler was born in Watauga County, North Carolina where bluegrass music is prevalent. He was introduced to it at an early age by his dad, who is a bass player. When he was ten years old, he started taking banjo and guitar lessons and soon became very proficient - winning contests on both instruments. His main focus with ClayBank is the banjo and he is quickly becoming recognized as one of the best in the business for his hard-driving style. Tyler is also an accomplished songwriter and singer, contributing both lead and harmony vocals for the band. Tyler is a Life Flight Paramedic and a veteran of the United States Army. Tyler attends Midway Baptist Church in Butler, TN where his dad is the pastor.