Authentic and unapologetic, Tyler Farr records songs he would listen to in his truck – windows down, sound up. It just so happens country music fans want to hear the same songs.
Without pandering or compromise, Farr’s powerhouse vocals, real-guy relatability, and willingness to mine emotional themes and personal imperfection resonates with people searching to find themselves in the music that underscores their daily routines and future dreams.
With three No. 1 songs (“Redneck Crazy,” “Whiskey in My Water,” and “A Guy Walks Into a Bar”) and a growing string of hits, they found it in Farr. And like a weathered truck with rusty tail pipes, it can get a little loud and gritty.
For his latest project, the Missouri native turned to likeminded mentor Jason Aldean, who signed Farr to his label Night Train Records in partnership with BBR Music Company. As an energetic performer who achieved superstar success cultivating fans from the barstool up, Aldean brings a unique point of view as Farr’s producer. And Farr clearly breathes easier with his friend and former wedding groomsman in the studio. It’s a creative partnership road tested and forged by truly knowing someone at their core.
Steadfast in his vocal talent and song choices, Farr is unrestrained and fearless as he embraces a rougher, guitar-fueled edge on his four-song EP, TITLE. The result feels part barn party, part stadium roller.
The current single “Only Truck In Town” – dubbed a “country boy’s love song” by Taste of Country – taps familiar topics without feeling tired or contrived. Online media outlet Sounds Like Nashville reports “Hitmaker Tyler Farr returns to country radio with a truck song of a different stripe…dropping into low gear with the slow-and-steady romance of ‘Only Truck In Town.’” Taste of Country put it, “The joy of the song is that it borrows a few bro-ish themes, but bends them enough to create something quite sincere and generous. When you listen you get the sense that that's where the new Tyler Farr is in life.”
Other cuts in the collection due June 5, include the glory of a backroad on “Heaven on Dirt,” the wistful “Soundtrack to a Small Town Sundown,” and the heart-wrenching “Wish Dogs Could Live Forever,” which hit home after the death of Farr’s beloved bloodhound Cooter.
The music is honest because Farr only sings about what he has lived or relates to himself – hunting, fishing, getting dirty, loving his dog. Working-class proud, Farr elevates the commonplace when he turns his focus to the people and relationships that give those moments a deeper meaning. And four years into his marriage to critical care nurse Hannah, Farr proves love is no fools’ game.
That faithfulness comes naturally. Farr grew up in Garden City, MO, a farming town an hour southeast of Kansas City, MO with no traffic lights, a U.S. Post Office that has been in continuous operation since 1875, and a population that was less than 2,000 when Farr left for Nashville in 2010.
A natural singer, Farr took voice lessons as a teenager and sang tenor in Missouri’s All-State Choir. A trained opera singer, he studied voice at Missouri State University, which is evident in his vocal control and timing. His interest switched from classical to classic country when his mother fell in love and married DeWayne Phillips, who was the lead guitarist in George Jones’ touring band.
Phillips encouraged the aspiring singer/songwriter and after college, Farr packed his car and moved to Nashville. But industry success was far from immediate. There was no mold for the unabashedly rock-leaning, hillbilly singer.
He found work as a bouncer at famed Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge – home of his musical heroes – before working his way up to a place on the stage, leaving his days free to write songs. By early 2011, he was opening for Colt Ford, Jerrod Niemann, and Lee Brice.
Farr was one day away from returning to college when he found a friend in award-winning songwriter and fellow outdoorsman, Rhett Akins. Akins had heard a song Farr wrote for an outdoor show on cable network GAC (Great American Country). Akins took an interest and introduced Farr to some of the best songwriters in Nashville landing Farr a publishing deal with Sony ATV/Monument Publishing.
Nashville caught on. Farr co-wrote "She's Just Like That" for Joe Nichols before releasing “Hot Mess,” a song he co-wrote with Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip that was Farr’s debut single in early 2012.
Farr signed a recording contract with Sony Music Nashville (BNA Records and then Columbia Nashville) and released his debut album, Redneck Crazy in 2013. The record landed at No. 2 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and No. 5 on the Billboard Top 200. Farr’s Platinum-selling title-track “Redneck Crazy” launched back-to-back No. 1 singles, including his first No. 1 as a songwriter, with his Platinum-certified hit “Whiskey in my Water.” His sophomore album, Suffer In Peace released in 2015, followed suit, also making its debut in the Top 5 on both the Billboard Top 200 Albums and Billboard Country Albums charts, which made Farr the only solo male Country artist in a decade to have his first two studio albums debut in the Top 5 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Accolades followed including CRS New Faces of Country Radio and a nomination for Music Row “Breakthrough Artist of the Year.” He earned coveted slots touring with Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, and Luke Combs. Media outlets paid attention with Rolling Stone calling Farr a “no-frills musician who pours his drinks as hard as he pours his heart into his songs” and he was offered his own reality series “A Little Too Farr.” He is a Duck Commander partner and is a sought-after guest on several outdoor programs.
Farr parted ways with Sony in September 2018 and in March 2019, he was the first artist signed to Aldean’s Night Train Records/BBR Music Group where he is solidly in the driver seat with his favorite songs on the radio.
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