Back in September, Tyler shocked the country world with the release of Long Violent History, a surprise album composed mainly of old fiddle tunes.
Of course the final track, the title track, was an unapologetic commentary on the current state of race relations and police brutality in the United States, especially in the Appalachian context of which Tyler was raised. Ultimately, the songs asks the question: what would happen if white country boys were getting shot in the streets by police?
“How many boys could they haul off this mountain Shoot full of holes, cuffed and laying in the street Til we come into town in a stark ravin’ anger Looking for answers, and armed to the teeth.”
“.30-06s and pappa’s old pistol How many you reckon would it be, four or five or would that be the start of a long violent history of tucking our tails as we try to abide.”
He accompanied the song with a 6-minute video explaining his reasoning for writing and releasing the song, along with revealing his newfound sobriety. Naturally, some fans were pissed and some folks became overnight Tyler Childers fans. So goes it in our divided society.
And now today, Tyler has released quick video, featuring some behind the scenes footage of how the album was made.
“‘Long Violent History’ is a collection of instrumental pieces intended to create a sonic soundscape for the listener to set the tone to reflect on the last track. 100% of net proceeds from ‘Long Violent History’ go to support the Hickman Holler Appalachian Relief Fund.”