Tyler Childers surprised fans with a new album, “Long Violent History” on Friday. Tyler explained the album in a six-minute video essay posted to YouTube, noting that the first eight instrumental songs help set the tone for the album’s last song, the title track.
He says “Long Violent History is his “own observational piece on the times we are in,” explaining it’s his way of trying to appeal to rural white voters on behalf of the Black Lives Matter movement.
“What if we were to constantly open up our daily paper and see a headline like ‘East Kentucky man shot seven times on fishing trip,’ and read on to find the man was shot while fishing with his son by a game warden who saw him rummaging through his tackle box for his license and thought he was reaching for a knife…?,” he asks, noting, “If we wouldn’t stand for it, why would we expect another group of Americans to stand for it? Why would we stand silent while it happened, or worse, get in the way of it being rectified?”
Proceeds from the album will support underserved communities in the Appalachian region through the Hickman Holler Appalachian Relief Fund.