TYLER CHILDERS’ COUNTRY SQUIRE DEBUTS AT #1 ON BILLBOARD’S TOP COUNTRY ALBUMS CHART
EXTENDS “COUNTRY SQUIRE RUN” HEADLINING TOUR
Tyler Childers’ critically acclaimed new album Country Squire debuts this week at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with over 32,000 equivalent units sold. Released on Hickman Holler Records/RCA Records, the album was produced by Sturgill Simpson and David Ferguson and recorded The Butcher Shoppe in Nashville. Stream/purchase HERE.
In celebration of the release, Childers will embark on his extensive “Country Squire Run” headlining tour this fall including newly confirmed stops at Portland’s Crystal Ballroom (two nights), St. Louis’ The Pageant and Indianapolis’ Murat Theatre. Tickets for these shows are available for pre-sale starting today with general on-sale following this Friday, August 16 at 10:00am local time. See below for complete tour itinerary.
Adding to his landmark year, Childers made his television debut last week performing his new song “House Fire” on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” Watch/share HERE.
Recent critical acclaim for Country Squire…
“…this is gonna be a record that people talk about.”
“…internationally lauded Appalachian prophet…”“Childers remains a force to be reckoned with. A wrecking ball combination of incredibly perceptive songwriting backed by a world-class honky-tonk country band.”
“…excellent…”“Even if you’re not a country fan, Childers—operating at the peak of his powers here—is worth embracing.”
“He has a remarkable facility with telling details, which pepper Country Squire as vividly they did his 2017 breakout Purgatory.”
“The list of country artists making groundbreaking music these days isn’t as long as it should be, but it has to include Tyler Childers.”
“If Purgatory was Childers hovering between Lawrence County, Kentucky and the rest of the world, Country Squire announces his ascendence into country’s newest royalty.”“…a lusty do-si-do. It’ll have you slapping your knees, stomping your feet and tossing your hair…”“…a bluegrass-meets-country sound punctuated by Childers’ vivid writing and twangy vocals.”“…may be the most anticipated of any produced out of Nashville this season.”“… a collection of poignant stories rooted thoughtfully in country, bluegrass and soul music.”“As a singer, songwriter, and composer he’s helping to move country away from oft-maligned tropes and bland hooks. And, along with other extraordinarily talented artists, he’s helping to restore heart and quality to a genre rich in tradition and quality.”
“…a stunning achievement of form, a modern John Prine album delivered by a son of Appalachia for the sons of Appalachia. If Purgatory was the breakthrough, Country Squire is the one that proves that Childers is here for the long haul, a distinct talent making superlative albums that are layered, beautiful, and nearly perfect.”“…one of country and Americana’s finest storytellers…”
Of the mission behind the album, Childers comments, “I hope that people in the area that I grew up in find something they can relate to. I hope that I’m doing my people justice and I hope that maybe someone from somewhere else can get a glimpse of the life of a Kentucky boy.”
In addition to Childers (vocals, acoustic guitar), the album features a number of world-renowned musicians including Stuart Duncan (fiddle, mandolin, banjo), Miles Miller (drums, background vocals) and Russ Pahl (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, pedal steel, Jaw harp, baritone).
The release of Country Squire continues a series of breakout years for the Kentucky-native, whose critically acclaimed debut album, Purgatory, was released in 2017. The record—also produced by Sturgill Simpson and David Ferguson—landed on multiple “Best of 2017” lists including NPR Music, Rolling Stone, Noisey, The Bluegrass Situation, Wide Open Country and The Boot. Of the album, NPR Music raves “the intimacy he conjures is his gift, in this private moment made universal, and throughout his remarkable official debut,” while Pitchfork declares “it’s his voice, peppered with both the knowledge of the ages and the innocence of youth, that makes a song…so effective. Then it’s the lyrics, a mix of plain-talk honesty and beguiling metaphors, that tip the scales to timeless.” Since his debut, Childers was named “Emerging Artist of the Year” at the 2018 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards and has been featured on NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert series and Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. Additionally, he’s toured extensively across the world including over 130 sold-out headline shows as well as multiple dates supporting John Prine. He has also performed at several major festivals including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Newport Folk Festival, Austin City Limits and Stagecoach.
COUNTRY SQUIRE TRACK LIST
TYLER CHILDERS TOUR DATES
BOLD on-sale this Friday, August 16 at 10:00am local time