As of this week, Tyler Childers’ “Feathered Indians” has officially gone Double Platinum, as certified by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Released on August 4th, 2017, the fan favorite went Gold in February of 2020 and Platinum in September of 2020. And now, on May 26th, 2022, Double Platinum.
“Lady May,” “Whitehouse Road,” and “All Your’n” have gone Platinum as well, with his breakout album Purgatory receiving Gold certification as well. Of course, it’s only a matter of time before Purgatory goes Platinum as well.
And if nothing else, this just continues to solidify the fact that the country music pendulum is swinging back towards the traditional, country fans are tired of the radio, and most importantly, that it’s possible for independent artists to achieve huge levels of success without the support of the corporate country machine.
I’m reminded of that time a few years back when Sony Music Nashville’s Gary Overton famously said “if you’re not on country radio, you don’t exist.”
How you like them apples, Gary?
Not an ounce of radio play, not an ounce of support from a big record label, no awards shows, just old fashioned hard work, actual talent, and great songs that connect with country music fans.
Only a handful of independent artists have even achieved Gold singles, let alone Platinum. Koe Wetzel, Zach Bryan, Whiskey Myers, Jason Isbell, Cody Jinks, and perhaps a few others, but as far as Double Platinum goes… it would appear that Tyler is in a class of his own for the time being.