Tyler Fortier / Press

“Tyler Fortier is a hard-working man who has put it all on the line for his passion, packing all of his belongings into a 10 x 10 storage unit and guerrilla-touring to play solo gigs up and down the West Coast. He has taken the plunge into full-time musicianship, and it’s starting to pay off in a big way. For Fortier (pronounced for-teer), it seems no other way will do. Take Brett Dennen, mix it with just a touch of Ryan Adams, and push the whole thing into a jug-band aesthetic, but with more classically trained musicianship — that’s Fortier. He has a hangdog face, big eyes, a firm handshake, a voice like a blanket, and his guitar-playing sounds like it could be twanging and strumming to the scenes of a period piece directed by David Lynch... Though Fortier’s honed talent is overwhelmingly apparent, he humbly attributes his success to this work ethic, which is precisely why he has what it takes to make it even further in the music industry.”

“There are great songwriters, and then there are great songwriters doing interesting things. Tyler Fortier is the latter. The Eugene-based singer-songwriter — who has roots in Bend — established himself as a great songwriter on his first four records, especially 2010’s “This Love Is Fleeting,” a collection of beautiful, downcast Americana music that channels the starkness of Ryan Adams, the lush experimentalism of Conor Oberst and the storytelling acumen of Josh Ritter. But it’s his fifth record (and his plans for 2011) that reveals Fortier as a musician unafraid of ambition and adventure. Saturday night at portello winecafe, he’ll officially release “ ... And They Rode Like Wildfire Snaking Through the Hills ‘Neath the Scarlet Sun,” an album of lo-fi, 19th-century narrative songs about the old West. Fortier wrote the tunes in a week in late 2010 and recorded them at his parents’ house in Bend, inspired by a movie about Wild Bill Hickock. ”

“Few musicians render me speechless, awestruck and inspired all at once, but Tyler Fortier recently managed to do it with his latest album, Fear Of The Unknown. Yes, I review music all the time and listen to artists of all genres and calibres, but Fortier... he's different. In Fear Of The Unknown, Tyler Fortier strikes a chord - not on his guitar or with his voice (though he's extremely capable of succeeding at both), but with his resonating message of fellowship and unity in a time of economic, cultural and political instability. He answers those existential questions we ask ourselves almost every day: Who am I? What role do I play in this world? Where do I fit in? Fortier puts those worries to rest with songs that'll make you laugh, cry, and above all, feel alive. ”

“Eugene resident Tyler Fortier’s new CD, This Love Is Fleeting, grabbed me as soon as I popped it in the CD player. As I listened to it to and from work, I marveled at how his voice and his words seem to float effortlessly over each note, each instrument, and each turn of a phrase. But while a host of descriptive words came to mind, the ones that kept coming back to me were: sad, melancholic, and heartbroken. ...Each of his 12 tracks takes the listener on a journey, beginning with puppy love, and then following with breakups and other heartaches... One of Fortier’s greatest strengths might be his ability to write the perfect lyric to represent a particular moment in one’s life.... With a voice that can be soft, still, and clear, but also grizzly and frustrated, Fortier creates beautiful, heartfelt songs that deliver”

“In the great tradition of Bob Dylan, Neil Young and other American music artists whose craft is rooted in the fabric of their homeland, Eugene, Ore.-based singer/songwriter Tyler Fortier has produced a beautiful collection of songs on his fourth CD. His music could be classified as folk, but that would ignore the foundation of country and a little bit of rock ‘n’ roll that shapes his honest, clean sound. His music comes in like a lamb but has the impact of a lion, with poetic lyrics that explore Fortier’s introspective observations on life and its ups and downs – songs that are meant to be listened to on rainy days when you’re indoors passing the time just thinking about stuff, his pleasant, soft voice like a blanket to hold you. ”

“If Tyler Fortier is one thing, it's an up-and-coming, present-tense folk rocker - in a complimentary sense of the notion - based out of lush (read: stony) Eugene, Ore. If Fortier is two things, it's all of the above and a damn entertaining blogger. I know, I know - blogging is a debatable art form, but there's no debating Fortier does it well. In addition to playing a whole slew of shows over the next two months in Oregon, Idaho and Washington - in support of his just released This Love Is Fleeting record, which "dropped" April 15 - Fortier will also be doling out witty lines like this on tylerfortier.wordpress.com: "I played first, tickling some ivory (and by ivory, I mean a plastic keyed digital piano). I should have prefaced this section by stating the night was billed as "danceable, funky, pop music." My music ... Not danceable. Not funky. Not pop. In fact, my music just wants to make people fucking cry."...”

“A Northwest troubadour Singer-songwriter brings his music to Shoreline The style is classic: Americana roots rock with folksy trimmings. The tableau is familiar: a singer, a guitar, a quiet café. But the face is a new one: 24-year-old Tyler Fortier, an up-and-coming musician hailing from Camas, Wash., who prefers the latter descriptor in the well-known category of singer-songwriter. “First and foremost I consider myself a writer. Music is something to put it to. I have the need to write, I just want to play music,” Fortier says. Fortier released his fourth album, “This Love is Fleeting,” on April 15. The recent University of Oregon graduate did all of the writing and much of the production himself. Though he already has significant recording and performing experience, this album marks his most serious effort to share his songs with a larger audience. All of which the songwriter does while following a simple philosophy: “Do it if you love it.””

“Part puppeteer and part meteorologist, Tyler Fortier uses lyrics to both control and describe the weather in his new batch of songs. The music draws listeners into an intimate landscape while holding them at arm’s length. Listeners may not get the sense that they know what he was feeling when he wrote the lines, but the songs on his new album, “This Love Is Fleeting,” are packed with emotion. The 24-year-old songwriter has graduated from the University of Oregon. He plans to make Eugene his home base while he strikes out on the road for his longest concert tour to date. “One Thing Left to Say,” which is among the strongest songs on the new CD, is a good example of how night and day can become characters in a Fortier tune: “The night plays flute with the chimney chutes/ A steady rhythm on worn-out boots." ”

“This collection of home and studio recordings by the Eugene troubadour is a solid cycle of folk and country tunes that whirls like a weathervane at the windy Crossroads of Americana — you know, that Faustian place where Robert Johnson signed away his soul to the man with pointy horns. Fortier, a deft songwriter with a voice spun of pure silk, refuses to budge an inch from his obvious sweet spot, standing pat with one leg planted in the past and one in the future. Thankfully, his artistic influences are as attractive as they are apparent... Fortier sounds like Ryan Adams right after he left Whiskeytown to become the prodigal son of the burgeoning alt-country scene. Safe, yes, but also pretty damn smart.. This Love finds him in a more confident and engaged mood, and willing to allow the strength of his songwriting to speak for itself. And Fortier is good enough that his fans will always meet him half way, wherever he chooses to go, or not go.”