Tyler Childers’ new Spotify Singles session is debuting today. Listen/share HERE. Co-produced by David Ferguson and William Garrett and recorded at The Butcher Shoppe in Nashville, the release includes a new rendition of Childers’ “House Fire” featuring The Travelin’ McCourys as well as a version of “Highway 40 Blues” with special guests Ricky Skaggs and Larry Cordle. Originally released in 1982, “Highway 40 Blues” was written by Cordle and made famous by Skaggs, both of whom are from Childers’ hometown of Lawrence County, Kentucky.
The session is released today in celebration of the one-year anniversary of “House Fire,” the original version of which is from Childers’ critically acclaimed new album, Country Squire—out now on Hickman Holler Records/RCA Records (stream/purchase here). Once again produced by Sturgill Simpson and David Ferguson, Country Squire debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and received overwhelming critical acclaim landing on “Best of 2019” lists at NPR Music, Rolling Stone, Variety, Stereogum, Paste and many more.
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 breakthrough series of years for the GRAMMY-nominated artist and Kentucky-native following the release of his beloved debut album, Purgatory, in 2017. Of the music, 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 “CBS This Morning,” “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert series and “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.” He has also toured extensively across the world performing over 130 sold-out headline shows, including his four-night debut at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium this past February.