Saturday 4 July 2020
Unsentimental and rough-hewn Kentuckian country from rising star

You know you’ve made it in country music when you can count John Prine and Willie Nelson among your fans, when you have a number of awards to your name and when you have Sturgill Simpson producing your records.

Say hello to Tyler Childers, the rising star in country music.

The 28-year-old musician from the Bluegrass state of Kentucky broke through the airwaves with his second album, Purgatory (2017), characterised by raw story-telling from Childers' own life including some rebellious teenage years, and a musical expression that mixes country, bluegrass, folk and twangy honky-tonk.

His latest album, Country Squire (2019), which has been hailed as his best one yet (just check out the ratings), sees Tyler Childers grapple with masculinity, family and the South in ways that feel entirely fresh and new despite sounding really traditional.

Childers ropes you in and shares tales from his rocking chair. He cracks jokes, romanticises the good ol’ days and bemoans the lonely life of a touring musician. Childers really holds your attention while playing, joined by a well-drilled band with embellishes just right with fiddle, pedal steel and banjo.

Childers’ music remains rugged and real despite now being fully situated as one of country music’s most distinguishable voices, which isn’t easy to do in the age of Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell, Margo Price, Kacey Musgraves and the rest of the bunch of progressive artists who’ve emerged over the last decade.

Tyler Childers’ kinetic energy has brought him to even greener pastures – he packs houses wherever he plays, where devoted fans sing along to his songs in the key of country life. Don’t miss Tyler Childers at Roskilde Festival 2020!