Friday ACL Fest 2019 Record Reviews

Tyler Childers

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Friday ACL Fest 2019 Record Reviews

Following 2017 breakout Purgatory, Childers' third LP feels like a proper introduction. The Kentucky songwriter scours his hometown hollers as setting for his characteristic hardscrabble ballads ("Creeker"), tender memories ("Bus Route"), and sly humor ("Ever Lovin' Hand"). Sturgill Simpson returns for adventurous and at times psych-tinged production, but Childers feels noticeably more comfortable in his creaking twang against twisting honky-tonk rhythms. Standout "Peace of Mind" highlights his grounded poeticism, "House Fire" blazes, and "All Your'n" slides a soft Southern melody. Childers walks the line of down-home idiosyncrasies and smooth popular jams with a star-making perfection. (Friday, 3:30pm, American Express stage)

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