There’s an interesting interview with Tyler Childers in this morning’s Guardian in which he again lays into the parlous state of modern country music, telling them: “Americana [started as] a place to recognise people being ignored by their own genres, but now it’s a hindrance. The stuff we used to call ‘good country’ is now getting called Americana. We’ve not fixed the problem of bad country.” If you’re not sure what he’s on about, try tuning into Chris Country for an hour.
He also talks about endlessly listening to Allen Touissant’s ‘Southern Nights’, the 1975 psychedelic soul epic which focuses on Touissant’s Louisiana creole evenings, which he describes as “a perfect song cycle” and one that he wanted to replicate for his new album ‘Country Squire’ albeit set in Kentucky. You can read the whole interview over at the Guardian here.
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