Tyler Childers is currently out on the road for his 2023 Send In The Hounds Tour, and of course, he’s also gearing up to release a new album Rustin’ in the Rain’ here very soon on September 8th.
And at a stop at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland a few days ago, he debuted a new one which he described as an ode to the “American opossum and all of its complexities.”
He also played the mandolin (though he admitted he didn’t really know what he was doing), and mentioned that it was more of a “kids song” for his future children’s album, so maybe that’s another project will get to hear from Tyler one day now that he’s a dad.
You can also hear some personal anecdotes in the lyrics about Tyler trapping his first opossum and how he fed it trail mix, apples, rolled oats, molasses, and some raisins, saying it was “eating healthier than I was” for 30 days.
He named it George, and after 30 days, Tyler says he “humanely slaughtered and processed this animal,” and found that it makes for a “fine piece of meat.”
I think I’ll just take his word for it on that front…
The video from the concert is right around eight minutes long, but it’s certainly entertaining, though I wouldn’t hold my breathe that it’ll be on the tracklist for his aforementioned album on the way.
It is one of the more unique country songs about eatin’ wild animals that I’ve ever heard, though, so I’ll give him that…