LIVE REVIEW: Tyler Childers in Asheville

The Orange Peel was sold out for Tyler Childers, as it should have been…

Tyler Childers proved why is one of the fastest rising stars in the music industry with an exceptional set on Thursday night in Asheville. Weeks prior to arriving, the Kentucky native had sold out shows across the state of North Carolina in Carrboro, Charlotte and the western town finale on a Thursday night.

Be reminded, this wasn’t a Thursday, Friday and Saturday weekend run but a mini-tour through the Tarheel state that began on Sunday, before concluding with Wednesday and Thursday dates. Nonetheless, capacity crowds greeted Childers and his band at every stop.

For good reason too. While the backing of producer Sturgill Simpson on Childers latest album, Purgatory, helped the singer/songwriter gain national attention, his own unique storytelling capabilities coupled with being an amazing musician earned him due credit.

Childers is every bit as impressive in person. Connecting with his audience through songs which range from over indulgence, to past mistakes and triumphant returns – in essence, life. Childers even took his association one step further with a fan from his Charlotte date, justifying both his stories and songs on Twitter as attempts to “convey the human experience.”

Mission accomplished and the crowd on hand was grateful. The evening got going with local group, Town Mountain, who made the most of their set with a blue grass feel and amazing rendition of the classic Bruce Springsteen song, I’m on Fire.

Following, Childers took to the stage and from start to finish was extremely entertaining. Although he referenced maybe enjoying his set in Charlotte the night before a bit too much, the sound and voice were solid and Childers never missed a beat.

However, when it came time for the night to end, it did so rather abruptly. Childers band left him alone on stage with just a mic and guitar. There was no encore and he left following a final solo performance of Lady May which only left the crowd begging for more.

A North Carolina return for Childers in November is already sold out at Music In the Mill in Hickory. It’s a safe bet that anyone who got to experience any one of these three shows quickly gobbled up any available tickets for his return.

Red Dirt NC: Weekend Watch, June 1-3

Local talent, rising stars and an east Texas band highlight the first weekend of June…

Last week was highlighted by two different festivals taking place across North Carolina and this week ends with one. Showcasing local talent from the region and our state in particular, the Tobacco Road Music Acoustic Jam is set for Sunday afternoon at Puckett’s Farm Equipment in Charlotte.

Prior, there are plenty of other opportunities to get out and enjoy a live show from rising talent and established groups in all corners of the state. Also, don’t forget that tickets to Medicine Stone 2018 went on sale Friday morning and will go fast. If interested in attending, visit their website for lodging options ranging from tent camping to hotel stays, all with access to the shows. They’ve compiled an amazing lineup worth making the trip from North Carolina out to the home or red dirt music in Oklahoma. We hope to see you there, if not before.

Get out and enjoy a show!

FRIDAY – JUNE 1, 2018

Whiskey Myers – Cone Denim, Greensboro

There may be no better word for Whiskey Myers than authentic. This music is in their blood, and it flows as naturally from them as a spring feeding a mountain creek … They make music they’re proud of that celebrates where they come from and makes people feel good. As far as they’re concerned, that’s all the success anyone could ever ask for.

Justin Townes Earle – The Grey Eagle, Asheville

Creating a nostalgic feeling with the return to his signature sound, JTE takes listeners on a journey through some of his most personal stories yet on what can only be described as an authentic country record.

Lilly Hiatt – The Grey Eagle, Asheville

Trinity Lane is full of gifts and full of guts – an album that is a healing process and a road map forward, filled with Hiatt’s wildly expressive approach to songwriting and stark, honest lyrics. To get there, she finally had to put her faith into something she couldn’t see. But to hear that journey, all you have to do is listen.

Grover Windham – Catawba Coffee, Mount Holly

Local talent with original songs and clever songwriting.

Jonathan Parker – Ole Dallas Brewery, Dallas

Independent and traditional country music. Rising local artist within the genre featuring original songs and a few classic covers from some of your favorite outlaws.

Corey Hunt Band – The Lazy Pirate, Carolina Beach

“Hunt’s songwriting ranges from sincere romanticism to outlaw rebellion, and their do-it-yourself approach to booking, recording, and gigging has given them the freedom to explore and expand their music as they grow.  With room to grow and momentum on their side, their crowd-pleasing and relatable take on modern roots music is poised for bigger and better things every time they hit the stage or the studio.”

SATURDAY – JUNE 2, 2018

Whiskey Myers – Lincoln Theatre, Raleigh

Pistol Hill – Da Bayou, Wilson

Independent and traditional country music. Emerging local artist within the genre featuring both original songs and covers from some of your favorite individuals and bands.

Justin Clyde Williams – Da Bayou, Wilson

Independent and traditional country music.

Dirty Grass Soul – Riverview Raw Bar, Charlotte

Whether it is the hint of bluegrass, outlaw country, or rock & roll you hear in each song, their sound is uniquely Dirty Grass Soul. From Dedmon’s down home/working class lyrics to the blazing instrumental breaks, Dirty Grass Soul is sure to offer a little something for everyone.

SUNDAY – JUNE 3, 2018

Tyler Childers – Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro

Purgatory, co-produced by Grammy Award winners Sturgill Simpson and David Ferguson, 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.

Tobacco Road Music Acoustic Jam – Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte

3:00pm – Corey Hunt, Michael Cansler, Chip Perry, Justin Clyde Williams, Jordan Middleton

4:00pm – Nicholas Jamerson, Kevin Dedmon, Tyler Hatley, Wes Smith, Grayson Jenkins

5:00pm – Pistol Hill, Todd Allmon, Carolina Keller, Jonathan Parker


Look for us out on the road this weekend and enjoy the shows! Don’t forget, keep spreading the love, one song at a time…