First Listen to Tyler Childers’ Debut ” Purgatory”


photo credit:  David McClister

Tyler Childers’ anticipated debut album, Purgatory is now streaming in full exclusively at NPR Music’s First Listen series.

Of the album, NPR Music’s Ann Powers declares, “Childers is a vocalist muscular enough to carry an outlaw rocker like ‘Whitehouse Road’ and agile enough to roll with a cosmic meditation like ‘Universal Sound,’ a road song that ends up as philosophical as [Sturgill] Simpson’s best work,” and continues, “Childers manages to really live within the stories he tells, having learned how to be unlearned and as authentic as possible.”



Recorded at Nashville’s The Butcher Shoppe studio, the 10-song record was produced by Sturgill Simpson and David Ferguson. In addition to 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.”

In support of the album, Childers will tour throughout 2017, including a sold-out show tomorrow at Prestonsburg, KY’s Mountain Arts Center, an August west coast headline run, a September residency at Nashville’s The Basement and a special show supporting Drive-By Truckers in Hazard, KY on September 24.  See below for full details.

Tour Dates:

July 28—Prestonsburg, KY—Mountain Arts Center (SOLD-OUT)
August 1—Kansas City, MO—The Riot Room
August 3—Abilene, TX—Grace Museum (SOLD-OUT)
August 4—Amarillo, TX—Hoots Pub
August 5—Denver, CO—Lost Lake Lounge
August 6—South Fork, CO—Rhythms on the Rio
August 7—Phoenix, AZ—Valley Bar
August 9—San Diego, CA—The Casbah
August 10—Los Angeles, CA—The Echo
August 12—San Francisco, CA—Hotel Utah Saloon
August 15—Portland, OR—Doug Fir Lounge
August 16—Seattle, WA—Sunset Tavern
August 18— Whitefish, MT—The Remington Bar
August 19—Bozeman, MT—Live from the Divide (SOLD-OUT)
August 22—Minneapolis, MN—7th Street Entry
August 26—Lexington, KY—MoonTower Music Festival
September 11—Nashville, TN—The Basement*
September 12-17—Nashville, TN—AmericanaFest
September 16—Irvine, KY—Kickin’ It On The Creek
September 17—Bristol, VA—Bristol Rhythm & Roots
September 18—Nashville, TN—The Basement‡
September 23—Gallipolis, OH—River Rat Beer & Music Festival
September 24—Hazard, KY—The Forum+
September 25—Nashville, TN—The Basement§
September 30—Roseland, VA—Devil’s Backbone

*with special guest Miles Miller
‡with special guest William Matheny
+with Drive-By Truckers
§with special guest Kelsey Waldon





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