Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Tyler Childers Shares His NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert


Tyler Childers has shared his NPR Music “Tiny Desk Concert” which is premiering today. Childers performed “Lady May” from his acclaimed debut album, Purgatory, as well as two previously unreleased tracks, “Nose to the Grindstone” and “22nd Winter.” Childers’ vocal performance is raw and somewhat affected. It’s not the Kentucky drawl that catches my attention, it seems somewhat forced to accentuate certain lyrics. Perhaps this affectation will calm down over time, perhaps this affectation and grit is what draws you in further. Different strokes, right?

The concert follows a breakthrough year for Childers, which saw the release of Purgatory.The record—produced by Sturgill Simpson and David Ferguson—landed on multiple “Best of 2017” lists including Rolling Stone, Vice’s Noisey, Wide Open Country and NPR Music, who praised, “The intimacy he conjures is his gift, in this private moment made universal, and throughout his remarkable official debut.”

In celebration of the album, Childers will make his Grand Ole Opry debut on May 18 in addition to an extensive nationwide tour including shows at Charlotte’s Neighborhood Theatre, Lexington’s Manchester Music Hall (two nights, both sold out), Austin’s Historic Scoot Inn, Houston’s White Oak Music Hall and Louisville’s Headliners Music Hall (two nights, both sold out) among several others. Childers will also perform a series of shows this spring as part of the “Stagecoach Spotlight Tour” as well as multiple shows with John Prine and two sold-out shows with Margo Price at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. See below for complete details.

Along with 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.”


1. I Swear (To God) 

2. Feathered Indians 

3. Tattoos 

4. Born Again 

5. Whitehouse Road 

6. Banded Clovis 

7. Purgatory 

8. Honky Tonk Flame 

9. Universal Sound

10. Lady May 


April 12—Kansas City, MO—Knuckleheads*

April 14—Englewood, CO—Gothic Theatre* (SOLD-OUT)

April 16—Salt Lake City, UT—Urban Lounge* (SOLD-OUT)

April 18—Boise, ID—The Olympic* (SOLD-OUT)

April 19—Portland, OR—Wonder Ballroom* (SOLD-OUT)

April 20—Chico, CA—El Rey Theater*

April 23—San Francisco, CA—Great American Music Hall† (SOLD-OUT)

April 24—San Francisco, CA—Great American Music Hall†

April 25—San Luis Obispo, CA—The Fremont Theater†

April 26—Pioneertown, CA—Pappy & Harriet’s* (SOLD-OUT)

April 28—Indio, CA—Stagecoach Festival

April 30—Santa Barbara, CA—Lobero Theatre†

May 1—Phoenix, AZ—The Crescent Ballroom

May 4—Lansing, WV—The Burrito Bar at Breeze Hill (SOLD-OUT)

May 5—Lansing, WV—The Burrito Bar at Breeze Hill (SOLD-OUT)

May 11—Beaver Dam, KY—Beaver Dam Amphitheater‡

May 12—Indianapolis, IN—Clowes Memorial Hall, Butler University‡

May 18—Nashville, TN—Grand Ole Opry

May 19—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium§ (SOLD-OUT)

May 20—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium§ (SOLD-OUT)

May 25-27—Quincy, WA—Sasquatch! Music Festival
May 26-27—Chillicothe, IL—Summer Camp Music Festival
May 31—Morgantown, WV—123 Pleasant Street (SOLD-OUT)
June 1—Richmond, VA—Friday Cheers

June 2—Charleston, SC—Charleston Pour House (SOLD-OUT)

June 3—Carrboro, NC—Cat’s Cradle

June 6—Charlotte, NC—Neighborhood Theatre

June 7—Asheville, NC—The Orange Peel (SOLD-OUT)

June 8—Manchester, TN—Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

June 9—Cincinnati, OH—The Taft Theater‡

June 15—Kansas City, MO—Tumbleweed Music Festival

June 16—Eau Claire, WI—Blue Ox Music Festival

June 22—Hamilton, OH—Whimmydiddle Country Music Festival

June 23—Ashland, KY—Paramount Arts Center (SOLD-OUT)

June 29—Lexington, KY—Manchester Music Hall (SOLD-OUT)

June 30—Lexington, KY—Manchester Music Hall (SOLD-OUT)

July 18—Dallas, TX—Canton Hall

July 19—Austin, TX—Historic Scoot Inn

July 20—Houston, TX—White Oak Music Hall

July 21—Helotes, TX—John T. Floore Country Store

July 25-29—Floyd, VA—Floydfest

July 27—Newport, RI—Newport Folk Festival

July 29—Asbury Park, NJ—Asbury Lanes

August 2—Chicago, IL—Lollapalooza

August 3-4—Saint Charles, IA—Avenue of the Saints Amphitheater

August 10-12—San Francisco, CA—Outside Lands

August 16—Louisville, KY—Headliners Music Hall (SOLD-OUT)

August 17—Louisville, KY—Headliners Music Hall (SOLD-OUT)

August 18—Beaver Dam, KY—Beaver Dam Amphitheater

August 27—Goteborg, Sweden—Pustervik

September 4—London, UK—Dingwalls

September 28-30—Roseland, VA—Devils Backbone Hoopla

*as part of the Stagecoach Spotlight Tour with special guest Lillie Mae

†as part of the Stagecoach Spotlight Tour with special guests Lillie Mae and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

‡supporting John Prine

§supporting Margo Price

Greg Kinne
Greg Kinne
Greg started Culture Fiend as a way to discuss the many facets of pop culture. Greg usually surrounds himself with Star Wars action figures, Legos and a healthy supply of interesting films and unusual records.


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