Tyler Childers NPR MusicTiny Desk Concert” is premiering today. Watch HERE. Childers performed “Lady May” from his acclaimed debut album, Purgatory, as well as two previously unreleased tracks, “Nose on the Grindstone” and “22nd Winter.” Of the set, NPR Music’s Lars Gotrich declares, “Tyler Childers writes songs about hard lives and hard love with direct heart. You meet these characters—some from his own life, some not—and feel like you know them, but there's always another layer to uncover with each listen, carved by his coarse and soulful Kentucky drawl.”

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.”

Recent critical acclaim for Purgatory

“…fully-formed, vivid portrait of Saturday night excess and Sunday morning reality in 21st-century Appalachia.” —Rolling Stone

“Childers has a wounded drawl and a pen that elevates tropes… into Pulitzer-worthy poetry.”—The Washington Post

“Sturgill Simpson produced 26-year old  Tyler  Childers’s  Purgatory, and it’s easily one of the year’s best country LPs.” —The Fader

“…Purgatory immediately places Childers in the conversation with the top tier of artists reviving classic country sounds for a new generation.” —Noisey

“…one of the finest releases of the year and an impressive introduction to a talented newcomer with striking lyrical and musical talent.” —American Songwriter

“Tyler Childers’ brilliant Purgatory is a tribute to his Kentucky homeland and its people. With the tender ‘Feathered Indians’ and the meditative ‘Universal Sound,’ Childers—at just 26—has proven himself to be one of the finest voices and songwriters working today.” —Wide Open Country

Purgatory has definitely established itself as the front runner for country album of the year and put Childers on the list of young artists looking to change the way people talk about country music…” —Glide Magazine

“…the album that emerged under Simpson’s production will slap you silly, what with Childers’ incredibly clever lyrics and the perfect instrumental backing they get here…Childers’ talent is remarkable.” —The Bitter Southerner

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.”

For more information, please contact Asha Goodman 615.320.7753 or Carla Sacks 212.741.1000 at Sacks & Co.

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 Sounds
10. Lady May

*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

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