With a few words, Tyler Childers can build worlds.
A plain-spoken poet for the dreams and struggles of a working class, his music takes listeners
to real places – backroad church pews, sticky-hot swimming holes and freshly-plowed farm
fields, to name a few. Childers’ melodies feel lived-in, like joining a circle of familiar faces in a
well-worn basement or on a shaded porch, the gathering place for folks of all kinds to share
truths or swap tall tales after a long day.
Since he emerged from the hills of Appalachia, Childers has stormed the world with his
uncompromising voice and a candid collection of songs. He skyrocketed from playing inside
sweat-soaked clubs to becoming one of today’s most sought-after artists. With his longtime
band, The Food Stamps, Childers headlines historic festival stages and delivers high-flying sold-
out shows inside arenas, amphitheaters and concert halls across the globe.
And many who time-and-again drop a needle on his music embrace Childers like an author to a
new chapter in America’s long, revered songbook of country and folk music – a testament to
how far a well-told story can travel.
No matter if he’s delivering a fiddle tune with a hard-spoken truth or leading his band in an
open-armed country-soul sermon, new Childers music arrives with layers of time-tested
storytelling. And on his anticipated new album, Rustin’ In The Rain, the circle of tales in
Childers’ catalog grows a little bigger with a fresh collection of big-hearted, wry-humored love
songs and dirt-covered country romps.
The 2x Grammy Award-nominated singer, songwriter and musician returned to the studio with
The Food Stamps – James Barker (pedal steel), Craig Burletic (bass), CJ Cain (guitar), Rodney
Elkins (drums), Chase Lewis (keyboards) and Jesse Wells (guitar, fiddle) – to record Rustin’. In
a testament to the well-oiled grooves of the group, it’s the second consecutive release to be cut
and co-produced by Childers alongside the Food Stamps, once again recording at Barker’s
home studio, Dragline, in Huntington, West Virginia.
With Rustin’ In The Rain, the 32-year-old Kentucky native pulled together songs with a playful
concept: What would he pitch to Elvis Presley? Graceland-era Presley, to be exact. Listeners
hear the result on songs like lead single “In Your Love” – a timeless, piano-tinged I’ll-wait-for-
your-love ballad released alongside a heart-wrenching music video of two men falling for each
other in 1950s rural Appalachia – and “Phone Calls & Emails,” a story of modern missed
connections set to the backdrop of a crooning, classic country tune.
On “Luke 2:8-10,” Childers enlists background vocals from a one-of-a-kind trio: Margo Price,
Erin Rae and S.G. Goodman, three standout singer-songwriters. The expanded band delivers a
rustling three-minute song about a panicked shepherd witnessing the descent of an angel from
the heavens. Collaborations on Rustin’ continue on “Percheron Mules,” a rollicking tune that
includes vocals from Ronnie McCoury, Jason Carter and Alan Bartram –members of ace
bluegrass band the Travelin' McCourys (McCoury also adds mandolin pickin’ to the song).
And for one of two cover songs on Rustin’, Childers dug into country music’s balladeering
catalog to unearth “Help Me Make It Through The Night.” He lends his mountainous vocal to the
intimate, restless 1970 song, written by Kris Kristofferson and made famous by Sammi Smith’s
Grammy Award-winning rendition (Presley also covered the song during a 1971 session at RCA
Studio B in Nashville). To close the album, Childers covers “Space & Time,” a song penned by
Goodman – a fellow Kentuckian – that chronicles the need to share moments with those you
hold most dear. Goodman and Rae rejoin Childers for backing vocals on the album-closing
Still, no new song may whip Childers’ show-going audience into a frenzy like “Rustin’ In The
Rain,” the barnstormin’ opening track anchored by dueling country licks and Childers’ band-
leading howl – a nod to the tight-knit creatively he and the Food Stamps earned during late
nights on stage and long trips on the road.
With Rustin’ In The Rain, Childers pens the next chapter in an unrivaled and unreplicable story
of real-life success that continues to reach new circles. And the best part? This tale’s just getting