Conroe’s Tyler McCollum returns for Crossroads show

One of Tyler McCollum’s favorite things about returning to Conroe is seeing how much he’s grown — especially the music scene.

When he and his brother Parker were growing up in Conroe in the 1990s, their live music scene consisted of a barn or pasture or sneaking in to see Davin James or Shake Russell play at Puffabelly’s in the spring.

The first time he took the stage was around the age of 13 when his mother took him to play at Borski’s Tavern between Conroe and Willis.

“When we were growing up, there weren’t many places to play around Conroe,” he said. “Now there are all these places to play and there is so much talent there. I love seeing how the music scene has grown.

After legislation was passed that changed the liquor rules for downtown Conroe in May 2004, The Corner Pub was launched downtown in late 2004. Then in 2012 came The Red Brick Tavern by Debbie Glenn and Jay Ross Martin. Pacific Yard House opened after that and 2020 and 2021 brought 202 Main, The Ferm Meadery, Fass Brewing and this week the opening of Frank and Bel Jackson’s The Table to Madeley Food Truck Park and the Hall of concert.

This weekend, Conroe’s thriving music scene will be on full display for the inaugural Conroe Crossroads Music Festival in downtown Conroe.

McCollum will be home Friday night to play at Madeley’s new table. He goes on stage at 7:30 p.m.

“You’re in your comfort zone because you know everything about the city,” he said. “It’s almost like singing in your living room or bedroom. There is just a feeling of relaxation.

His mother is part of the Yancy de Conroe family that goes back generations in the town.

Although none of his family members play a musical instrument, they are huge music fans and each was passionate about their favorite style of music. He remembers there was never a time when the music wasn’t playing at home.

When he and his friends weren’t hunting, fishing, or at the river, they were hanging out playing guitar or sneaking into Puffabelly’s in the spring.

“I’m a huge fan of people who can sit alone on a bar stool in front of a crowd of people and absolutely steal the room,” he said. “The first time I saw someone who could sing, write and play guitar better than anyone was Davin James,” he said. “We were telling our parents we were going to Young Life, but he was heading to see Davin James’ set at Puffabelly. Everyone in that room was paying attention to every note he played, every word he said. and every joke he told. It was just amazing and we all fell in love with his music.

He’s not sure if they were old enough to get in, but they had a buddy who did the dishes at Puffabelly’s and they lingered around the back door until finally no one paid attention to them or came around. care about their age.

It captivated him to be able to step into the same world as musicians like James, Shake Russell, Adam Carroll, Townes Van Zant and others and yet they captured the world and life so vividly and creatively in their songs. .

“Nothing piqued my interest more than sitting down and listening to the songs these guys wrote,” he said.

He graduated from Conroe High in 2004 and went to Tarleton State University in Stephenville.

He earned a degree, but music and songwriting took up most of his time in Stephenville.

There wasn’t much of a music scene when he moved there, but he said it was pretty cool to see the Stephenville music scene emerging. It almost became a second home for him and he recorded his album “Backbone” there in 2019 at Melody Moutnain Studios.

After a stint in Nashville, he found a home in Austin and planned to launch a tour around “Backbone” just as the pandemic hit.

“We watched 40 something shows come out one morning. How not to have a stomach ache because of all this? ” he said. “But I tried to roll with the punches and keep a smile on my face. It wasn’t going to last forever and when it’s over I’ll never think about it again.

In 2022, he will focus on releasing new music, booking the schedule, and hopefully writing time with Parker.

On Friday, he looks forward to performing and telling stories in front of a hometown crowd filled with family and friends.

He calls Conroe a very receptive audience for singer-songwriters.

“They pay attention to what you have to say,” he said. “They study your song and ask ‘why did he use that word’ or ‘why did he play it that way’?”

For a full list of artists and their dates, times and locations, visit https://conroecrossroads.com/line-up/.

Visit conroecrossroads.com for tickets. The VIP experience for $100 plus a $7.59 fee includes a four-day pass to the Conroe Crossroads Music Festival, plus admission to the VIP event, a collectible Conroe Crossroads poster, a Conroe Crossroads t-shirt and more. This offer is available until Thursday.

A general admission pass for $42.50 plus a $4.14 fee includes a four-day pass to the Conroe Crossroads Music Festival and access to all general admission shows. This offer continues until Thursday.

If capacity permits, tickets will be sold at the door of each venue, which is valid for a single night at that venue only.

To learn more about the four-day festival, visit conroecrossroads.com or the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/conroecrossroads.

To learn more about Tyler McCollum, visit https://www.tylermccollum.com/.

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