Lawrence County native Tyler Childers tackles racial injustice in surprise album release

Lawrence Kim
September 20, 2020

Tyler Childers' previous album, Country Squire, was released past year. There is also a limited edition vinyl pressing of Long Violent History with an alternative cover.

The nine-track album is mostly made of fiddle standards, including "Squirrel Hunter", "Midnight on the Water", and more, but it is the closing title track that packs a punch, as the Americana star offers up an original song, crafted in the style of an old-time fiddle tune, that addresses systemic racism. It's called me belligerent, it's stuck me for ignorant/But it ain't never once made me scared just to be./Could you imagine, just constantly worrying/Kicking, and fighting, and begging to breathe.

Tyler Childers debuted his new album "Long Violent History" Friday, a surprise release tackling racial injustice in the United States.

"How would we react to that? What form of a people would that create?" And if we wouldn't stand for it, why would we expect another group of Americans to stand for it? "All the while, we've all witnessed violent acts of police brutality happen around the nation that have gone unaddressed".

"These aren't things this community has lost. If we didn't need to be reminded, there would be justice for Breonna Taylor, a Kentuckian like me, and countless others". "Life is hard enough without being anxious about the smallest interaction with a public servant". Childers and Wells co-produced the record.

The net continues from Long Violent History will go to the Hickman Holler Appalachian Relief Fund, which helps underserved networks in the Appalachian area. The organization, founded by Childers and his wife Senora May, assists with philanthropic efforts in Appalachia.

Several merchandise bundles for the new album are now available on Childers' website here. Listen to the album and watch Childers' video below.

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