Tyler Childers nominated for “Emerging Artist of the Year” at 2018 Americana Awards


Submitted by -Sacks and Company Wed, 05/16/2018 - 10:39 am

Tyler Childers is nominated for “Emerging Artist of the Year” at the 2018 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards. The annual awards show will take place on September 12 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium.

The nomination follows a breakthrough year for Childers, which saw the release of his critically acclaimed debut album, 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

“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…”—The Bitter Southerner

In celebration of the album, Childers will make his Grand Ole Opry debut this Friday, May 18 in addition to an extensive nationwide tour including sold-out shows at Charlotte’s Neighborhood Theatre, Lexington’s Manchester Music Hall (two nights), Austin’s Historic Scoot Inn, Dallas’ Canton Hall and Louisville’s Headliners Music Hall (two nights) among several others. Childers will also perform 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 new 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.”


May 18—Nashville, TN—Grand Ole Opry

May 19—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium† (SOLD-OUT)

May 20—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium† (SOLD-OUT)

May 26—Quincy, WA—Sasquatch! Music Festival

May 27—Chillicothe, IL—Summer Camp Music Festival

May 31—Morgantown, WV123 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 (SOLD-OUT)

June 6—Charlotte, NC—Neighborhood Theatre (SOLD-OUT)

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 (SOLD-OUT)

July 19—Austin, TX—Historic Scoot Inn (SOLD-OUT)

July 20—Houston, TX—White Oak Music Hall

July 21—Helotes, TX—John T. Floore Country Store

July 25-28—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—Hinterland Music Festival  

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

August 30-September 2—Vlieland, Netherlands—Into the Great Wide Open

September 4—London, UK—Dingwalls

September 28-30—Roseland, VA—Devils Backbone Hoopla

November 16—Hickory, NC—Music in the Mill

*supporting John Prine

†supporting Margo Price