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Tyler Childers – Purgatory

For a while now, Tyler Childers has been the open secret of the Appalachian music scene. All of us knew how good he was, and all of us knew he was bound for bigger things. It finally happened this year in the form a major new record co-produced by none other than the reigning savior of country music, Sturgill Simpson.

While brimming with old-school country charm, Childers is absolutely a contemporary artist rather than a throwback or retro-chic performer. Indeed there are a number of very fine retro country music artists out there, but Childers isn’t trying to be Dale Watson anymore than he’s trying to be Willie Nelson or Waylon Jennings—he is trying to tell his own story.

 

Check out the rest of the article over at Hold the Note.