Tyler Childers Enchants Through The Texas Heat At SXSW THOUGHTS+PHOTOS: TYLER CHILDERS @ CHEER UP CHARLIES | SXSW 3/16/18
AUSTIN, TX- For most of our SXSW artist coverage, we’ll keep it relatively short and sweet. We have over 80 artists to cover, so cut us some slack! 😉 We’ll basically be formatting each post into two parts: (1) Why our contributor wanted to see this act and (2) what our contributor thought of the performance”. Easy peasy. If you want to learn more about the act, make sure you click through to their social media links to get in the know. You won’t be disappointed!
Why I Wanted To See Tyler Childers: After seeing my first country act live the day before and thoroughly enjoying it, I was ready for some more country music to come my way. Luckily, I didn’t really have a set plan for the afternoon session of Day 5 of SXSW so I decided to seek out some new artists by going to the Brooklyn Vegan Showcase at Cheer Up Charlies. I didn’t know the lineup but had no doubt something good was in store. The first act I caught happened to be the country artist I was looking for: Tyler Childers. From a small town in Kentucky, Childers had grown up around music by singing in the church choir, which later on influenced a lot of his songs. He’s been writing and performing for more than half a decade and I was happy to be introduced to him at SXSW.
What I Thought Of Tyler Childers’ Performance: Despite it being a scorching hot day in Austin, Texas, Tyler Childers was wearing a flannel on top of a “Grateful Dead” t-shirt along with some jeans, expressing his simple Midwestern style. He and his band put on a country/folk performance that had people in the crowd dancing around. I didn’t think couples danced hand-in-hand nowadays but something about Childers’s music inspired that out of the audience. His deep and impressive voice combined with a stellar band that included a member playing a pedal steel guitar, made for a very authentic and old-timey country show. I really enjoyed the upbeat tempos and melodies despite the lyrics not necessarily emulating the music. Singing widely about drinking and religion, Childers takes from his life experiences growing up in Kentucky amongst religious family members. He played with an enthusiasm and passion that I sincerely enjoyed seeing and that satiated my country music desire. Tyler Childers is a very solid country act that I recommend seeing if he’s touring in your area. Even those who may not be fans of country music will appreciate his talents and his sounds.