Tyler Childers Surprise-Releases New Album Long Violent History: Listen

Tyler Childers has surprise-released a new album titled Long Violent History. The predominantly instrumental album concludes with the title track, which serves as the Kentucky songwriter’s “observational piece on the times we are in.” The album comes accompanied by a six-minute video from Childers, in which he contextualizes the album as a whole and urges his listeners to support the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

“What if we were to constantly open up our daily paper and see a headline like ‘East Kentucky Man Shot Seven Times on a Fishing Trip?’” he asks. “What form of upheaval would that create? I’d venture to say if we were met with this type of daily attack on our own people, we would take action in a way that hasn’t been seen since the Battle of Blair Mountain in West Virginia. And if we wouldn’t stand for it, why would we expect another group of Americans to stand for it? Why would we stand silent while it happened?”

He continues, “We can stop being so taken aback by Black Lives Matter. If we didn’t need to be reminded, there would be justice for Breonna Taylor, a Kentuckian like me, and countless others. We can start looking for ways to preserve our heritage outside lazily defending a flag with history steeped in racism and treason.”

The net proceeds from Long Violent History will go to the Hickman Holler Appalachian Relief Fund, which aids underserved communities in the Appalachian region.

Tyler Childers’ previous album, Country Squire, was released last year.

Source link