Tyler Childers

Tyler Childers' mix of bluegrass, American roots music, and neo-traditional country began attracting international attention in 2017. Hailing from the Appalachian Mountains, Childers was born in Lawrence County, Kentucky, on June 21, 1991. His father worked as a strip miner while his mother worked as a nurse, and Childers began playing guitar at a young age, influenced by 1970s country and bluegrass records. After moving to Lexington, Kentucky, he played with the band The Food Stamps and self-released his debut album, Bottles & Bibles, in 2011. His songs about working-class life attracted the interest of Americana star Sturgill Simpson, who agreed to produce Childers' breakthrough album, Purgatory. Released in 2017, Purgatory went platinum in America, as did the singles "Whitehouse Road," "Feathered Indians," and "Lady May." Two years later, Childers reached Number 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with Country Squire, an album that featured the Grammy-nominated song "All Your'n." The song also hit Number 1 on the Billboard Folk chart, as did its follow-up, 2020's Long Violent History. Two years later, Childers explored a mix of gospel and Americana with the three-disc album Can I Take My Hounds To Heaven?, which became his first album to reach the Top 10 on the Billboard 200. His sixth album, Rustin' in the Rain, followed in 2023 and reached the Top 10 once again, while also peaking at Number 2 on US Folk Albums and Number 4 on US Top Country Albums.

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