Tyler Childers has been pretty open lately about his thoughts on the current state of country music. And while many my think he is on a mission to end pop country music, for the most part, it’s just because he keeps getting asked.
“It’s just something I’m asked about,” Tyler tells GQ in a new interview. “It doesn’t hurt my feelings if you listen to shitty country music. That’s your fault. What I consider country music doesn’t make it the end all be all, but if you ask me my opinion, that’s what you’re going to get.”
What’s the difference between good country music and shitty country music? Well for many these days, good country music has almost exclusively been lumped in with the term “Americana,” which according to Tyler, only hurts country music. Of course, if you remember back to the 2018 Americana Music Awards, Tyler condemned the term, calling it a “distraction” from the bigger issues that country music is facing.
“It weakens the genre over time. What I’ve done with my last two albums is country. I feel that in my heart. What Margo has done in the past is country. What Kelsey Waldon’s doing is country. What a lot of these artists are doing is country, but we’ve all been pushed over by the wayside into Americana… ‘Country Squire’ is 100% what I consider ‘real’ country. We have to share a space that’s been taken over—infiltrated, in a sense—by pop country. If you’re going to be in that space, on those charts, you’re going to share the space with those people. But that’s the only way to take the lunch table back.”
Amen. And, take the lunch table back we will.
Tyler’s upcoming acoustic EP, Tyler Childers: Reimagined, along with the accompanying in-studio video, will be available exclusively on Apple Music tomorrow. If there was ever a time to get Apple Music, tomorrow would probably be the time.