Kentucky songwriter Tyler Childers has announced the surprise-release of a new album titled ‘Long Violent History’. He describes the record as “a collection of instrumental pieces intended to create a sonic soundscape for the listener, to set the tone to reflect on the last track which is my own observational piece on the times we are in.”
The album comes accompanied by a six-minute video from Childers which you can watch below, in which he contextualizes the album as a whole and asks 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.”
There’s an excellent website which covers the background to the record here. Proceeds from it will go to the Hickman Holler Appalachian Relief Fund, which aids underserved communities in the Appalachian region.