Tyler Childers releases ‘Purgatory’ to critical acclaim, London Omeara date to follow on January 30

26 year-old Tyler Childers of Lawrence County, Kentucky will perform debut UK shows – including at stop at London’s Omeara on January 30 – following the release of his critically acclaimed debut album, Purgatory. Produced by the Grammy Award winning artist, Sturgill Simpson and his counterpart, David Ferguson (U2, Johnny Cash), ‘Purgatory’ found Childers painting an elaborate and personal view of his home town, giving a semi-autobiographical sketch of his own growth from wayward youth to married man.

Childers had been searching for a certain sound for his debut album for years as he honed his craft; he was finding it troublesome until his friend and drummer, Miles Miller (Sturgill Simpson Band), introduced him to Sturgill Simpson, the Grammy Award-winning musician and fellow Kentuckian. Childers sent Simpson a group of his songs before going to visit him in Nashville. Childers recalls, “He [Sturgill] said, ‘There’s this sound. I know what you’re trying to get at – it’s the mountain sound.’” Intrigued, Simpson enlisted the aid of  David Ferguson, the Grammy Award-winning sound engineer. They assembled a band that included multi-instrumentalists Stuart Duncan (Nashville Bluegrass Band), Michael J. Henderson and Russ Pahl (Great Plains), bassist Michael Bub and Miller on drums, of course, and helped Childers make a debut album of consequence that announces an authentic new voice. 

2018 EU/UK Tour
January 18 – John Dee, Oslo NOR
January 19 – Twang, Stockholm SWE
January 20 – Folk O Rock, Malmo SWE
January 22 – Prinzenbar, Hamburg DE
January 23 – Privatclub, Berlin DE
January 25 – Het Zonnehuis, Amsterdam NL
January 27 – Rotown, Rotterdam NL
January 29 – Komedia, Brighton UK
January 30 – Omeara, London UK
February 1 – Castle Hotel, Manchester UK
February 3 – Celtic Connections, Glasgow UK

Press Cuttings
The arrangements offer a feisty take on bluegrass mountain music which sets off Childers’ perkily engaging delivery splendidly” – Independent
Childers is a fine writer, weaving literary detail into the thread of his songs” – Uncut
“It would be criminal for such an assured and richly rewarding debut not to register on the radars of intelligent and articulate roots music” ***** – Record Collector
“An accomplished, mature-beyond-his-years debut” – Sun
“The songs on Purgatory are lush and immediate” – The Fader
“Purgatory immediately places Childers in the conversation with the top tier of artists reviving classic country sounds for a new generation” – Noisey

Watch the video for ‘Whitehouse Road’ below:


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