Everything We Know About Tyler Childers’ Sophomore Album, ‘Country Squire’
Tyler Childers' highly anticipated second album is officially on the way. On Thursday morning (May 16), the singer debuted a brand-new song, "House Fire," and also announced album details, a headlining tour and -- to top it all off -- a new partnership with a major record label.
The new project follows his debut album, Purgatory, which was named The Boot's best Americana album of 2017. Childers also holds the title of the Americana Music Associations' 2018 Emerging Artist of the Year.
Below, The Boot rounds up all the details about Childers' second album.
On May 16, Childers revealed that the title of his sophomore album will be Country Squire. The project shares its name with the first song in its track list, as well as his upcoming Country Squire Run Headlining Tour.
The Release Date
Country Squire is set for release on Aug. 2.
The Record Label
Childers' next project will be released via Hickman Holler Records/RCA Records. Hickman Holler also released Purgatory; the new project marks the artist's first project via RCA.
As he did with his debut album, Childers worked with iconic Americana performer Sturgill Simpson on his new project. David Ferguson co-produced the record with Simpson.
The Album Cover
Childers unveiled the album cover art for Country Squire in a short animated video he posted to Twitter on May 16. The video depicts the artist taking hit after hit from a pipe, until he finally reaches the album cover art's final form. Eventually, we see the animated Childers sitting against a black backdrop with a grimace on his face and the flame of a candle over his head. Flanking him on either side are a lineup of colorful animals and monsters, while a series of arms fan out around him making a series of gestures. Beneath him, a snake curls into the image of an Ouroboros.
The singer has shared "House Fire" as the leading track from the new project, and has also shared a corresponding music video that features a pair of dancers locked in an intricate, line dance-style step as Childers sings and passes a bottle back and forth with a friend.
Country Squire will feature nine new tracks. Childers contributes vocals and acoustic guitar to the project. In addition, Stuart Duncan contributes fiddle, mandolin and banjo to the album, Miles Miller adds drums and background vocals and Russ Pahl brings acoustic guitar, electric guitar, pedal steel, Jaw harp and baritone to the songs.
In a press release, Childers indicates that he had the region where he grew up -- eastern Kentucky -- in mind when crafting the album. "I hope that people in the area that I grew up in find something that they relate to," he explains. "I hope that I'm doing my people justice and I hope that maybe someone from somewhere else can get a glimpse of the life of a Kentucky boy."
Tyler Childers, Country Squire Track Listing:
1. Country Squire
2. Bus Route
5. House Fire
6. Ever Lovin’ Hand
7. Peace of Mind
8. All Your’n
On May 16, Childers revealed tour dates for his upcoming Country Squire Run, which kicks off on Oct. 5, 2019. Tickets for those shows go on sale on Thursday (May 23). Full ticketing information, visit Childers' website. The singer also has a host of shows planned for the summer of 2019.
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