Creative Types: Tyler Childers

By Matt Wickstrom

Born to a coal worker and nurse in Lawrence County, Kentucky, Tyler Childers’ upbringing was similar to many in the Commonwealth. He attended church twice a week, where he recalls playing with Hot Wheels during sermons while admiring the gospel-like hymnals, which helped to foster his passion for music. When he was 13, he started playing guitar and writing songs.

After 13 years of writing and playing regularly – but falling short of successfully putting out a record – Childers has at last escaped his musical “Purgatory.” On Aug. 4, the Lexington-based songwriter released an album of the same name that has garnered acclaim from a bevy of national outlets, including Rolling Stone, NPR and Noisey.

Read the full story at Smiley Pete.


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