Tyler Childers

Purgatory

Released 08/04/17 Label Thirty Tigers Genre Country Cat no. HHR001

$12.99

Released 08/04/17 Label Thirty Tigers Genre Country Cat no. HHR0011

$18.99

January 2018 RT Album of the Month

The people, landmarks and legendary moments from Childers' childhood home of Lawrence County, Kentucky, populate the 10 songs in Purgatory.

Like many great Southern storytellers, singer-songwriter Tyler Childers has fallen in love with a place. The people, landmarks and legendary moments from his childhood home of Lawrence County, Kentucky, populate the 10 songs in his formidable debut, Purgatory, an album that’s simultaneously modern and as ancient as the Appalachian Mountains in which events unfold.

The album, co-produced by Grammy Award winners Sturgill Simpson and David Ferguson, is a semiautobiographical sketch of Childers’ growth from wayward youth to happily married man, told in the tradition of a Southern gothic novel with a classic noir antihero who may just be irredeemable. Purgatory is a chiaroscuro painting with darkness framing light in high relief. There’s catharsis and redemption. Sin and temptation. Murder and deceit. Demons and angels. Moonshine and cocaine. So much moonshine and cocaine. All played out on the large, colorful canvas of Eastern Kentucky.