Origin: Lexington, Kentucky
Top Songs: Feathered Indians, Nose On The Grindstone, Whitehouse Road, Charleston Girl
Label: Hickman Holler
Tyler Childers is a country singer from eastern Kentucky and he has quickly become one of my favorite country singers. I often hear people say that country is their least favorite genre. I’m convinced they just haven’t found the right artist. Tyler Childers would be the first artist I show them. He is good ol’ fashion country. He doesn’t get a lot of radio play and I think that’s because he swears sometimes and occasionally sings about less radio-friendly subjects like drugs and alcohol. He also doesn’t fit in today’s mainstream country trends. His music isn’t very produced and always incorporates real instruments. He isn’t really incorporating any other genres like hip-hop or pop like many famous country artists are doing today. If anything, his music sometimes sounds like bluegrass or americana. Two genres closely related to country.
I discovered Tyler Childers the same way I discovered BROCKHAMPTON, through the Bonnaroo 2018 lineup. I saw a post on Reddit that broke the lineup down by genre. There weren’t many country artists, but I decided to take a look because I hadn’t heard of most of them. I immediately fell in love with Tyler’s raw vocals and acoustic guitar in “Whitehouse Road” and went on to listen to all of his debut record Purgatory which came out in 2017.
Check out “Whitehouse Road” below and give Purgatory a listen as I love the whole album.