In the summer of 2001, Tyler Horter took a trip to Asia and found himself sitting in an open-air bar in a remote, tiny village in northwest Thailand. A lone acoustic guitarist sat on a stool a few yards away slapping harmonics, fretting huge chords from over the top of the neck and strumming beautiful open chords with incredible skill, in a way Tyler had never seen. Watching the man play was something of an epiphany.
When he got back home, he picked up his acoustic guitar, tuned it to an open chord, and hit record. The notes rang out long and loud.