Acclaimed singer, songwriter and performer, Tyler Childers, won “Emerging Artist of the Year” at last night’s Americana Music Association Honors & Awards.

The award celebrates a breakthrough year for Childers, which saw the release of his critically acclaimed debut album, Purgatory. The record—produced by Sturgill Simpson and David Ferguson—landed on multiple “Best of 2017” lists including Rolling Stone, Vice’s Noisey, Wide Open Country and NPR Music, who praised, “The intimacy he conjures is his gift, in this private moment made universal, and throughout his remarkable official debut.”

Childers will continue his extensive nationwide tour this fall with headline performances in his largest rooms and venues to date. Stops include NYC’s Brooklyn Bowl (sold out), Boston’s Royale (sold out), Washington D.C.’s 9:30 Club (sold out), Los Angeles’ The Troubadour (sold out), Nashville’s Exit/In (three nights, all sold out), Atlanta’s Terminal West and Variety Playhouse (both sold out), Dallas’ The Rustic (sold out) and Louisville’s Louisville Palace (three nights) among many others. Tickets are on-sale now. See below for complete details.

Recent critical acclaim for Purgatory

 “…fully-formed, vivid portrait of Saturday night excess and Sunday morning reality in 21st-century Appalachia.”—Rolling Stone

“Childers has a wounded drawl and a pen that elevates tropes…into Pulitzer-worthy poetry.”—The Washington Post

“Sturgill Simpson produced 26-year-old Tyler Childers’s Purgatory, and it’s easily one of the year’s best country LPs.”—The FADER

Purgatory immediately places Childers in the conversation with the top tier of artists reviving classic country sounds for a new generation.”—Noisey

“…one of the finest releases of the year and an impressive introduction to a talented newcomer with striking lyrical and musical talent.”—American Songwriter

“Tyler Childers’ brilliant Purgatory is a tribute to his Kentucky homeland and its people. With the tender ‘Feathered Indians’ and the meditative ‘Universal Sound,’ Childers—at just 26—has proven himself to be one of the finest voices and songwriters working today.”—Wide Open Country

Purgatory has definitely established itself as the front runner for country album of the year and put Childers on the list of young artists looking to change the way people talk about country music…”—Glide

“The album that emerged under Simpson’s production will slap you silly, what with Childers’ incredibly clever lyrics and the perfect instrumental backing they get here…”—The Bitter Southerner

“With Purgatory, Childers established himself not only as one of country’s most promising young songwriters, but also as an important artistic voice from a region of the country that…has grown only more misunderstood.” —Nashville Scene

Along with Childers (vocals, acoustic guitar), the album features a variety of world-renowned musicians including Simpson (acoustic guitar, background vocals), Stuart Duncan (fiddle), Miles Miller (drums, background vocals) and Russ Pahl (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, pedal steel, Jew’s harp) among others.

Of the album, the Lawrence Country, KY native comments, “I am extremely grateful for Miles Miller introducing me to Sturgill Simpson, and also for Sturgill and David Ferguson taking the time to work with me. I think we both wanted to make an album for east KY, and I reckon that’s what we did. It’s not about rock, or grass, or country…it’s just hollerin’ in the mountains and stirring shit up! The band Sturgill and David put together was an all-star cast, and an honor to work with and learn from. I hope to do it again, but once is more than most are blessed with. For that I am thankful.”


1. I Swear (To God)
2. Feathered Indians
3. Tattoos
4. Born Again
5. Whitehouse Road
6. Banded Clovis
7. Purgatory
8. Honky Tonk Flame
9. Universal Sound
10. Lady May


September 15—Irvine, KY—Kickin’ It On The Creek
September 29—Roseland, VA—Devils Backbone Hoopla
October 6—Fairlea, WV—Healing Appalachia Benefit Concert
October 10—Brooklyn, NY—Brooklyn Bowl (SOLD OUT)
October 12—Boston, MA—Royale (SOLD OUT)
October 13—Philadelphia, PA—Union Transfer
October 15—Washington, DC—9:30 Club (SOLD OUT)
October 16—Baltimore, MD—The 8×10
October 17—Holyoke, MA—Gateway City Arts
October 19—Toronto, ON—Danforth Music Hall
October 20—Detroit, MI—Majestic Theatre (SOLD OUT)
October 21—Chicago, IL—Thalia Hall (SOLD OUT)
October 24—Madison, WI— The Sylvee
October 26—Minneapolis, MN—Varsity Theater (SOLD OUT)
October 27—Iowa City, IA—The Blue Moose (SOLD OUT)
October 29—Billings, MT—Pub Station Ballroom
October 30—Missoula, MT—The Wilma  (SOLD OUT)
November 1—Vancouver, ON—Imperial (SOLD OUT)
November 3—Seattle, WA—Neptune Theatre (SOLD OUT)
November 4—Boise, ID—Knitting Factory Concert House (SOLD OUT)
November 5—Portland, OR—Crystal Ballroom
November 7—San Francisco, CA—The Fillmore (SOLD OUT)
November 8—West Hollywood, CA—Troubadour (SOLD OUT)
November 10—Denver, CO—Ogden Theatre (SOLD OUT)
November 11—Denver, CO—Ogden Theatre (SOLD OUT)
November 13—Columbia, MO—The Blue Note (SOLD OUT)
November 14—St. Louis, MO—The Pageant  (SOLD OUT)
November 15—Indianapolis, IN—The Vogue (SOLD OUT)
November 16—Hickory, NC—Music in the Mill (SOLD OUT)
November 29—Nashville, TN—Exit/In (SOLD OUT)
November 30—Nashville, TN—Exit/In (SOLD OUT)
December 1—Nashville, TN—Exit/In (SOLD OUT)
December 6—Atlanta, GA—Terminal West (SOLD OUT)
December 7—Atlanta, GA—Variety Playhouse (SOLD OUT)
December 8—Florence, AL—Shoals Community Theatre (SOLD OUT)
December 11—Tulsa, OK—Cain’s Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
December 12—New Braunfels, TX—Gruene Hall (SOLD OUT)
December 13—New Braunfels, TX—Gruene Hall (SOLD OUT)
December 15—Oklahoma City, OK—Tower Theater (SOLD OUT)
December 16—Dallas, TX—The Rustic (SOLD OUT)
December 29—Louisville, KY—Louisville Palace
December 30—Louisville, KY—Louisville Palace
December 31—Louisville, KY—Louisville Palace