PRESCOTT - When one-man band Bud Tyndale decided to hang up his U.S. Marine Corps uniform and play music full-time, the Marine Corps' loss became Prescott's gain.
"He's become like part of our family, he's one of us," said Aaron Meisheid, co-owner of the Firehouse Kitchen in Prescott where Tyndale plays every Friday and Saturday nights. "We love him here."
A Tyndale performance resembles a family gathering where he swaps hugs and handshakes with audience members, many of whom he knows by first name. He likes bantering and interacting with the audience and treats them like they are visiting him at his home's living room.
"I love it when they make requests. My favorite songs are whatever they want to hear," he said before a recent show at the Firehouse Kitchen. "I call my original style, 'Don Henley meets George Strait.'"
Indeed. With more than 200 songs on his printed song list, and a three-inch thick three-ring binder holding more songs, audiences are hard-pressed to request a song Tyndale doesn't know.
His audience ranges from 20-somethings to seniors.
"I'm always having people in their 20s come up and say they love a certain song I played because they remember their parents playing it when they were growing up," he said.
Armed with a guitar, harmonicas, laptop computer loaded with digital music files, a microphone, light stand, sound mixer, speakers and his "bag of tricks" holding other musical paraphernalia, Tyndale produces the sound of a four-piece band.
"One guy told me that he thought I was a 'phony' until someone explained to him how I do it," Tyndale said with a chuckle.
However, it is a small state-of-the-art digital vocal harmonizer that gives Tyndale his full-band sound.
"It's the coolest, state-of-the-art harmonizer," he explained. "It reads my guitar chords in real time and makes the harmonies to go with it."
While the harmonizer gives him backup vocals for songs from Norah Jones to ZZ Top, Tyndale himself is able to morph his own vocals into sounding like someone else.
"He sounds like more than one person and can change his voice to sound like someone else," said Shauna Gugler, 30, one of the Firehouse bartenders Friday and Saturday nights when Tyndale performs.
John Hussar, 65, and his wife Terry, 51, are die-hard Tyndale fans and take a table nearly every Friday night at Firehouse to listen to him.
"We follow him wherever he's playing," Terry said. "He plays a really great variety of songs. And he's so personable and friendly."
Tyndale and his wife, Linda Marie, moved from Temecula, Calif., to Prescott in 2005. He remains a full-time musician, and she is an esthetician for a Prescott salon.
Tyndale is self-taught for everything from the instruments and electronic gear, to how to light himself with his light stand.
Tyndale's music life took a dramatic turn one day while he was still a Marine. He heard another Marine playing a harmonica, and Tyndale figured that "if he could do it, so could I." That led Tyndale on a musical quest that eventually landed him in Prescott as a one-man band.
"This is a wonderful town for musicians," he said. "There is plenty of work for someone in the arts."
In addition to playing cover songs, Tyndale writes and performs his own songs. In fact, he wrote a song for Linda Marie while they were dating.
"That song got her to fall in love with me," he said with a smile.
Bud Tyndale - "Bud" is not a nickname - plays every Tuesday and Wednesday at Hooligan's Pub on Whiskey Row, and every Friday and Saturday at Firehouse Kitchen in the Firehouse Plaza in Prescott.
For booking information or to talk to Tyndale, call 499-8080, or 776-4436.
Posted: Tuesday, October 26, 2010
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It' s a beautiful thing to see that "Budman" is still delighting people with his music. Spent many an evening in California listening to Bud's music and allowing it to take away the cares of the day for just a little while. It's all good!