First Listen: Tyler Childers, ‘Purgatory’

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Stream the rising Americana star’s new album, produced by Sturgill Simpson.

Tyler Childers, at age 26 already a seasoned traveler on the Southern Americana music circuit, has a gift for incorporating such authentic images into his story songs. They can be simple, as when his lover dips her feet into a creek in the lyrical ballad “Lady May,” or dramatic: In the tense “Banded Clovis,” a hardscrabble addict who shoots his friend over an arrowhead they find sifting through snow-hardened dirt on a Kentucky mountain, searching for treasure that might pay for their pills. “I was fiending so fierce, I was broke ass and busted,” Childers sings of the moment. In both cases, Childers sets his eye for detail on a familiar form – the love song, the murder ballad – and pushes it into the present with specifics that are utterly plausible and seemingly unique….READ MORE.

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