Ty England

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Ty England
Birth nameGary Tyrone England
Also known asTyler England
Born (1963-12-05) December 5, 1963 (age 58)
OriginOklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
Instrument(s)Vocals, guitar
Years active1989–present
LabelsRCA Nashville
Capitol Nashville
Triple T

Gary Tyrone England (born December 5, 1963[1]) is an American country music singer and guitarist. Initially a member of Garth Brooks' band, England began his solo career in 1995, recording a self-titled debut album on RCA Nashville. A second album, Two Ways to Fall, followed in 1996. Three years later, he recorded Highways & Dance Halls under the name Tyler England on Capitol Nashville, and Alive and Well and Livin' the Dream came in 2007 on the independent Triple T label. England has charted six singles on the country chart. His highest-charting single was his debut, "Should've Asked Her Faster", a No. 3 hit in late 1995.


England began playing guitar during his youth. He sang with various bands in high school, and performed in his school chorus. While working at a coffee shop during his time as a student at Oklahoma State University, fellow student Garth Brooks met him and soon the two were roommates. They performed together until failing grades forced England to move back home. He did eventually get a degree in marketing, but he worked at an automotive paint store.

By 1988, Garth had moved to Nashville, and after landing a recording contract, called England to come be his guitarist and backup vocalist. In 1995, England left Brooks' road band and signed to RCA Records Nashville. His self-titled debut album, released in late 1995, produced his first chart single in the No. 3 "Should've Asked Her Faster",[1] although the album's other two singles ("Smoke in Her Eyes" and "Redneck Son") fell short of Top 40. A second album, Two Ways to Fall, followed in 1996.[1] It produced his only other Top 40 country hit in the No. 22 "Irresistible You" followed by "All of the Above" at No. 46. After the latter, England exited RCA's roster.

In 1999, England signed to Capitol Nashville, the same label to which Brooks was signed at the time. His third album, Highways & Dance Halls was issued under the name Tyler England. It produced three singles in "Too Many Highways", "I Drove Her to Dallas" (which peaked at No. 53) and "I'd Rather Have Nothing." Also included on this album was a re-recording of "Should've Asked Her Faster", as well as the Bruce Robison song "Travelin' Soldier", which would later become a Number One hit in 2003 for the Dixie Chicks. He did not release another album until 2007's Alive and Well and Livin' the Dream,[1] which included the non-charting singles "Redneck Anthem" and "The Perfect Girl."



Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Country US CAN Country
Ty England 13 95 30
Two Ways to Fall
  • Release date: September 17, 1996
  • Label: RCA Nashville
Highways & Dance Halls
(as Tyler England)
Alive and Well and Livin' the Dream
  • Release date: January 23, 2007
  • Label: Triple T
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Country US Bubbling CAN Country
1995 "Should've Asked Her Faster" 3 21 2 Ty England
"Smoke in Her Eyes" 44 41
1996 "Redneck Son" 55
"Irresistible You" 22 25 Two Ways to Fall
1997 "All of the Above" 46 53
1999 "Too Many Highways" Highways & Dance Halls
(as Tyler England)
2000 "I Drove Her to Dallas" 53
2001 "I'd Rather Have Nothing"
2006 "Redneck Anthem"[2] Alive and Well and Livin' the Dream
2007 "The Perfect Girl"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1995 "Should've Asked Her Faster" Martin Kahan
"Smoke in Her Eyes"[3]
2000 "I Drove Her to Dallas"[4] Gerry Wenner


  1. ^ a b c d Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Ty England biography". AllMusic. Retrieved July 8, 2008.
  2. ^ "All neck". Tulsa World. February 12, 2006. Retrieved March 24, 2022.
  3. ^ "CMT : Videos : Ty England : Smoke in Her Eyes". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 14, 2011.
  4. ^ "CMT : Videos : Tyler England : I Drove Her To Dallas". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 14, 2011.

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