JukeBox Country’s Rich Tyo Uses His Words

The roots-pop singer-songwriter shares a cut from his Inner Space/Outer Space LP.


JukeBox Country keeps on truckin’ in his upbeat video for the romantic roots-rocker Words — showcasing today on Tinnitist.

A warm, heartfelt song about new love and connection, the song also laments the difficulty of communication and vulnerability in relationships and with ourselves, says Kingston singer-songwriter and guitarist Rich Tyo. “Words delves into the most intimate and challenging aspects of human connection and communication, and the limitations (and necessity) of words and the power of human closeness and physical touch,” he explains.

With a sound that already hints of Bob Dylan and Neil Young, with a splash of The Rolling Stones for good measure, Words is the leadoff track to JukeBox Country’s Inner Space/Outer Space album. It arrives accompanied by a breezy video conceptualized, filmed, edited, directed by Juno-winning director and film-maker Sean Michael Turrell, who also made Hawksley Workman’s Jealous of Your Cigarette video.

“Making the video, we got dressed up and performed the song on the back of a big pickup truck,” Tyo recalls. “We rode along the main strip of Marysville, Wolfe Island. There is an homage to Bob Dylan’s video Subterranean Homesick Blues in the selective lyrics on sheets of paper. Some of these ended up being subliminal poetic messages.”

Along with Tyo on guitar and vocals, the song features Hugh Christopher Brown on keyboards, Jason Mercer on bass, Greg Beresford on drums, Teddy Kumpel on electric guitar, and Teilhard Frost on percussion. Album producer Hugh Christopher Brown provides background vocals with Sarah McDermott.

Watch Words above, listen to Inner Space/Outer Space below, and find JukeBox Country at their website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.