℗ 2020 Hickman Holler Records, under exclusive license to RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.
Long Violent History Tracklist:
I first heard you with the Great late John Prine on Austin City Limits. I was impressed and started reading about this album. Listened to it and it reminded me of the times we went to KY to relatives homes and stayed up all night listening to everyone playing THE MUSIC! It was always great listening as is with this album. Personaly, I think you should do a little research on the movements you stand for because they are racist themselves. All that aside, job well done and keep on keeping on with great music! Thank you!
Tyler, you win some and you lose some. Although I like to sing along to your music and hear you sing, I still have found this instrumental album to be captivating. I wouldn’t have expected anything less than the hallowing sounds from a fellow Appalachian.
As a fellow appalachian I love the sound you have going on here. While your vocals are what drew me to your music and the lyrics make it relatable this was still something I enjoyed. I'm lovin the last track! You hit the nail on the head when you asked us what would we do if the shoe was on the other foot. And to the people giving this one star... I feel sorry for you. It must be hard going through life without empathy (you see what I did there?), good luck on your side of history.
In your recent video you say something along the lines of “media we can’t completely trust”, yet you seem to let the media emotionally manipulate you to the point where you jump headlong into a political movement that has no true intentions of peace or reform. I’m a fan of your music and always will be, but you have to be honest & always tell the truth. If you don’t know the truth then seek it out, but the cases you mentioned have all been exploited and lied about by the media to sell clicks and views. Everyone on the planet earth agrees that George Floyd shouldn’t have died that day, and everyone can get behind the idea that police need better training, but the statistics just do not back the statement that black Americans are disproportionately targeted/killed by police in this country. Don’t be so blind, Tyler. Thanks for the music. All of this being said, this is an awesome album, I love falling asleep to it or listening to it while driving. Strong work.
This is incredible mountain fiddling & i’m a Hickory Briar Boy from Hardin County Ky whose Dad was a 6 year old coal miner in ACME W.V. back in them days in the holler all you need was a fiddle & banjo where you could hear the echoing.Your music helps me remember the good times when my parents were alive & my daddy’s brothers & sisters still in them mountains. Thank you for your art.
I’d give no stars if I could! Tyler, I understand your young but wake up brother!!! The media is lying!! BLM is a anti American racist organization that wants to destroy our traditional beliefs, the nuclear family and hates whites only for the color of our skin! You need to learn history before you try to preach to us! Sad man, really sad!!
It’s not something I would normally listen to. The music sounds like it belongs on a soundtrack to a Civil War documentary. The music has its place artistically And it’s good. The political bent of the album and title track is off putting. Tyler has his right to use his elevated status to voice his opinions. And I have the right to think what I think. I’m tired of being preached to by entertainers and celebrities.
All of you that are complaining about the instrumentals seem to just not understand what true Appalachian music is. You can't complain that you didn't know because it was a surprise and he released a (powerful) video message beforehand explaining it and it has countless descriptions you should've heeded before listening. And for the message, human decency and believing in equal rights isn't just a liberal quality. It's not about your political standpoint. It's about your morals. He should keep doing what he's doing. Great record
Social justice and equality for all is an important aspect of life and should not be classified to many of you as “political views” and that he needs to keep those views out of his music. Get outta here with that. As far as the album goes, this man never disappoints and continues to push out excellent music.
I’ve liked every album Tyler Childers has released although i must say the last one was a little over produced... considering I’ve seen him live 3 times and was great every time he played a show. The great thing about Tyler Childers’ previous albums is he took his time, and that resulted in great albums with great music, this one just isn’t one of those albums. I will say i like the bluegrass instrumental though, but it’s missing his unique sound.
The approach to folk music presented here is authentic and honest. All folk music is rebel music. All rebel music is about upholding the rights of the human spirit before the great machine of the institution, whether that institution be capitalism, racism, or any other ism. We are all free men and women in America. We must stand together to defend all of our rights. When one victim is oppressed, we are all oppressed.
Tyler’s explanation on his YouTube Chanel was complete and utter lies. He pushes dangerous theories about Jacob Blake and Breonna Taylor with no basis in fact. He compares Blake to a guy fishing just looking though a tackle box as if nothing else happened. I love all of Tyler’s music but this explanation falls short of his usual standard. I expected more of him. I don’t hold it against him and hope he comes to know the truth.
Only song on the album with lyrics is a regurgitation of main stream media false narrative about systematic oppression of African Americans in 2020. I always thought Tyler Childers wasn’t that superficial. Guess I was wrong.
I'm all for an instrumental record but many of these songs are heavily repetitive. I'm a little down on Tyler's "message" and wish he didn't feel the need to precede this record to preach his social justice stance with the opening video and would've just let the listener interpet the lyrics on their own. I will still remain a fan.
I have bought each of Tyler’s albums. I’m always impressed with the quality and direction in each one. The family loves all the instrumentals. Keep putting out quality stuff! I’ll keep supporting great music by buying it.
I think this is a wonderful piece of work. It's young men like Tyler Childers that give me hope. I can't help but scratch my head at the nay-sayers here. We have come, as a society, to be so consumerist in our dealings with life that we don't even see it anymore. Tyler's an artist, not a Taco Bell that has changed its menu. His so called "political" song at the end, actually isn't political at all, and it's harly strident. It's a thoughtful meditation on a truth, and it is people criticizing that tells me everything I need to know about THEIR hearts and minds, and nothing about Tyler's. It says something that we have become so isolated from our hearts and inundated with lies that merely pointing out a socila ill is labelled "political" and the artists is told to basically just shut up and entertain us. Woody Guthrie pointed out social ills and pointed us to our common humanity, as did Hank Williams, Dylan, Louis Armstrong, etc. Beethoven, for God's sake. If you want pablum, check out Toby Kieth or Lee Greenwood. If you want art, heart and soul, give this fine new album by this young man an honest listen.
An instrumental album. The top track and title track is the only one with vocals, and I listened to it before deciding to buy the album. Would return it if I could, if an album is instrumental it should be abundantly clear that it is. It wasn’t.
‘How dare you have an opinion and express that opinion! You’re here for our entertainment and nothing else!’ Double edged sword of the internet is giving people who think and say things like that a voice to find others as short sighted as they are, you can’t fix stupid. GREAT MUSIC, GREAT ALBUM, GREAT HUMAN BEING!
This album is a wonderful surprise from Childers. Yes, some fans will be disappointed that the album is primarily instrumental music, or by the social commentary offered in the title track, but I believe Childers accomplished his stated goal better than anyone might’ve predicted. The fiddle tunes effectively bring the particular history of Appalachia to the fore, including the experience of many injustices and simply being forgotten. By laying out a sonic pathway from our past to the present, Childers inspires a mixture of pride, nostalgia, sadness, and hope. Then, in the last song, he explicitly draws the connection between his imagined audience—the neighbors he grew up with, and those like them—and others suffering not only from indifference and scorn, but from active brutality and oppression. He then holds out the question: I’ve reminded you who you are. Now what would you put up with if you were in a similar situation? It’s a good example of the way art can inspire empathy.