Imagine going to a tiny local music festival, and one of the biggest independent country music stars shows up and plays a full set.
That’s exactly what happened in Lawrence County in Eastern Kentucky, as Tyler Childers showed up to fill an opening, after the North Carolina bluegrass group Town Mountain announced they had to cancel.
Playing the second annual Fallsburg Summer Stage Louisa, Kentucky, the festival was held in the exact same county Childers grew up in.
Childers and his bandmates played a two hour set in front of the crowd of only a couple hundred people, and you can only imagine the surprises on their faces when he walked up on stage.
According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, Childers said on stage that the band was rehearsing in Huntington, West Virginia, when they heard of Town Mountain’s cancellation due to a COVID situation.
He said to the crowd:
“We were all speculating on who might get the slot now that Town Mountain wasn’t playing it. We were like, ‘Well heck, let’s see if they’ll have us… and here we are.”
It only makes sense for Childers and his band to take the place of Town Mountain in his own home county, as he recorded “Down Low” with the bluegrass group back in 2018.
Tyler treated fans to a number of his biggest hits, as well as a cover of Kenny Rogers’ “Tulsa Turnaround,” a staple of his set as of late, and S.G. Goodman’s “Space & Time,”which he played during his virtual Healing Appalachia concert.
This wasn’t the first time Childers had played Fallsburg, however. He played at Lawrence County’s Hollerpalooza in 2006, which he told the crowd was only his second paid gig ever.
Relive some of the moments from Tyler’s surprise appearance: