Tyler Childers, under the banner of Hickman Holler Records/RCA/Sony, attributes the genesis of his most recent musical endeavor, ‘Rustin’ in the Rain,’ to his imaginative musings regarding potential songs for the legendary Elvis Presley. The result is an expansive, ebullient compilation comprising seven songs, scheduled for release this forthcoming Friday—a compilation that undeniably garners the approval of the King himself.
Childers eschews the pursuit of a rock ‘n’ roll persona akin to Elvis. Instead, he gravitates towards Presley’s well-documented predilection for traditional country, gospel, and emotionally charged romantic serenades.
With substantial support from his ensemble, known as the Food Stamps. Childers bestows a classic country ambiance upon ‘Phone Calls & Emails,’ enveloping it in a languorous. Webb Pierce-inspired melancholy reminiscent of the digital age.
In a remarkable reinterpretation of Kris Kristofferson’s ‘Help Me Make It Through the Night,’ Tyler Childers infuses his characteristic Eastern Kentucky accent, tenderly rendering the timeless classic as ‘Lay it soft against my skee-in.’ This rendition achieves the quintessential feat of rejuvenating a well-worn sentiment, concurrently affirming Childers’ ability to impart his unique essence onto a cherished song.
Yet, it is ‘In Your Love’ that truly distinguishes Childers’ artistry. He commences with an elegant piano accompaniment, declaring. ‘I will await your presence until the sun metamorphoses into ashes, paying homage to the moon. I shall patiently await your arrival.’ This opening proclamation serves as a prelude to an ascendant crescendo. Transporting Childers to a sublime zenith of lyrical expression, evoking the depths of emotion rivaling Presley’s most heart-rending ballads.
Unwilling to be confined by preconceived stereotypes, whether Appalachian or otherwise, Childers collaborated with Kentucky’s poet laureate, Silas House, to craft a groundbreaking visual narrative that portrays ‘In Your Love’ as a timeless romance between two individuals.
This revelation also serves as a resolute statement. Gently yet assertively affirming the rightful place of love that transcends constraints imposed by societal moralities.
It assumes the role of an everlasting ode to love. A fearless defiance against those who endeavor to circumscribe the boundaries of country music’s essence. It stands as a signature ballad from an original artist, wholly dedicated to surpassing his own creative boundaries.”