Tyler Childers

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Tyler Childers
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Childers in 2018
Background information
Birth nameTimothy Tyler Childers
Born (1991-06-21) June 21, 1991 (age 31)
Lawrence County, Kentucky
OriginPaintsville, Kentucky
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • Guitar
  • fiddle
Years active2010–present
LabelsHickman Holler

Timothy Tyler Childers /tʃɪldərz/ (born June 21, 1991) is an American singer and songwriter. His music is a mix of neotraditional country, bluegrass, and folk. He released his breakthrough album Purgatory in August 2017. Childers has released five studio albums and a number of EPs and singles.

Early life[edit]

Tyler Childers was born and raised in Lawrence County, Kentucky.[1] His father worked in the coal industry and his mother is a nurse.[2] He learned to sing in church where he sang in the church choir.[3] He started to play guitar and write songs when he was around 13.[4] He attended Paintsville High School in nearby Paintsville, in Johnson County, Kentucky, from which he graduated in 2009.[5] Fellow country musicians Chris Stapleton (Staffordsville), Loretta Lynn, (Butcher Hollow) and Crystal Gayle also hail from Johnson County.

Childers studied for a semester at Western Kentucky University, and enrolled at Bluegrass Community and Technical College for a few semesters.[6] He dropped out of college and did odd jobs for some time while pursuing a music career.[7]


Childers began performing in Lexington, Kentucky and Huntington, West Virginia.[8] In 2011, when he was 19, Childers released his first album, Bottles And Bibles. He has also released two EPs recorded in 2013 at Red Barn Radio, a radio show from Lexington.[3] The two EPs were later released as one under the name Live on Red Barn Radio I & II after the success of his album Purgatory, and reached No. 5 on Heatseekers Albums.[9] He performed with a backing band called The Food Stamps.[10]

He had his first success with Purgatory, a breakthrough album released on August 4, 2017.[11][12] The album was produced by Sturgill Simpson and David Ferguson and recorded at The Butcher Shoppe in Nashville.[13] Simpson also played guitar and sang backing vocals on the album, with Miles Miller on drums, Stuart Duncan on fiddle and Russ Paul on other instruments.[14] It debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart, No. 17 on the Country albums chart and No. 4 on the Americana/Folk albums chart.[4] In September 2018, Childers won Emerging Artist of the Year at the 2018 Americana Music Honors & Awards, where he gave an acceptance speech noted for its criticism of the Americana genre label, saying that "as a man who identifies as a country music singer, I feel Americana ain't no part of nothing and is a distraction from the issues that we're facing on a bigger level as country music singers. It kind of feels like purgatory."[15]

Country Squire, a second album under the Hickman Holler label, and Childers' third overall, was released on August 2, 2019, after being announced in May 2019. This album was again produced by Simpson and Ferguson.[16] The video of the lead single from the album House Fire was also released on May 16, 2019.[17] "All Your'n," the second single from the album, was nominated for Best Country Solo Performance at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards.[18]

On September 18, 2020, Childers released Long Violent History;[19] a surprise album consisting mainly of traditional fiddle tracks.[20] The album closes with the title track, "Long Violent History", an original song that discusses racism, civil unrest and police brutality. He released a video message to accompany the song, in which he discussed his intention for the album in general and the title track in particular, calling for empathy above all else.[21] The video also reveals that 100% of the profits from the album will be used to support underserved communities in the Appalachian region, through Childers' own Hickman Holler Appalachian Relief Fund.

On September 30, 2022, Childers released a triple album Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven?. The album is divided into three parts: Hallelujah, Jubilee, and Joyful Noise, and eight songs are presented in three different ways (Jubilee versions for example have additional instruments added to the Hallelujah version).[22] The album charted at No. 8, which is Childers' first top 10 album on Billboard 200, based on 27,000 units earned in the first week.[23]

Musical style[edit]

Childers' music is influenced by his home state of Kentucky and its connection to country music and bluegrass.[7] He often writes about coal mining, which was his father's occupation, and its effects. Rebecca Bengal, writing for The Guardian, described Childers' songs as a "counternarrative to the outsiders who seek to perpetuate stereotypes of backwardness and poverty."[24] Childers emphasizes lyrical content in songs, comparing the songwriting process to telling short stories.[25]

In January 2020, Childers maintained his position on Americana during an interview with World Cafe:[26]

Everybody always talks about the state of country music and puts down commercial country and [says] "something's gotta be done" and "we need to be elevating artists that are doing more traditional country." But then we're not calling those artists country artists, they're getting put into this Americana thing. It is what it is, and I don't really know how to define what Americana is. We're our own thing, it's a new time, and I don't know what it's called but I've been calling it country, y'know? I think, a lot of times, it's kind of become just a costume.[27]

Personal life[edit]

In 2015, Childers married fellow performer, Senora May, who is also a Kentucky native. In April 2022, they announced that they are expecting their first child.[28]

The Food Stamps band members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Craig Burletic – bass guitar[29]
  • Chase Lewis – keyboards[30]
  • Rodney Elkins – drums[29]
  • James Barker – pedal steel guitar[29]
  • "The Professor" Jesse Wells – other guitars, fiddle[31]
  • CJ Cain – guitar[32]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications




Bottles and Bibles[39]
  • Release date: October 11, 2011
  • Label: Tyler Childers
  • Release date: August 4, 2017
  • Label: Hickman Holler
89 9 3 2
Country Squire
  • Release date: August 2, 2019
  • Label: Hickman Holler
12 1 1 86 1
Long Violent History
  • Release date: September 18, 2020
  • Label: Hickman Holler
45 6 1
Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven?
  • Release date: September 30, 2022
  • Label: Hickman Holler, RCA
8 3
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Title Album details Peak chart positions


Live on Red Barn Radio[44]
  • Release date: October 24, 2013
  • Label: Tyler Childers & the Highwall
Live on Red Barn Radio II[45]
  • Release date: April 24, 2014
  • Label: Tyler Childers & the Highwall
Live on Red Barn Radio I & II
(rerelease of 2 EPs as one)
  • Release date: June 29, 2018
  • Label: Hickman Holler
196 5 14
  • Release date: October 18, 2019
  • Label: Hickman Holler
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Title Peak chart positions Sales Certifications Album
US Country

2017 "Lady May"[49] Purgatory
"Whitehouse Road"[49]
"Universal Sound"[51]
2019 "House Fire"[52] 40 Country Squire
"All Your'n"[53] 46 16
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other charted and certified songs[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US Country
2017 "Feathered Indians"
  • RIAA: 2× Platinum[41]
2020 "Long Violent History" 48 Long Violent History
2022 "Angel Band" 41 Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven?
"Way of the Triune God" 37
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director(s) Ref.
2017 "Whitehouse Road" Brainwrap Productions [55]
2019 "House Fire" [52]
2019 "All Your'n" Matt Stawski [56]
2020 "Country Squire" Tony Moore [57]
2022 "Angel Band (Jubilee Version)" Bryan Schlam [58]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Year Category Nominee/Work Result Ref.
Americana Music Honors & Awards 2018 Emerging Artist of the Year Tyler Childers Won [15]
Grammy Awards 2020 Best Country Solo Performance "All Your'n" Nominated [59]


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