With a few words, Tyler Childers can build worlds.

A plain-spoken poet for the dreams and struggles of the 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 of 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 highly-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 S.G. Goodman – a fellow Kentuckian – that chronicles the need to share moments with those you hold most dear. Goodman and Erin Rae rejoin Childers for backing vocals on the album-closing number.

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 creativity 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 started.

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