Putting the "Real" back in Country Lyrics where it belongs


It’s working Putting the Hurt Back… fans, take a look at the Americana Music Chart to find Tyler Childers at the top of charts week ending 10-01-19



Have you noticed the return to quality in Country Music and the larger tent of Americana Music over the last 10 years?  Could this be an awakening in the broad music listening public for quality and “verisimilitude.”?








  1. the appearance of being true or real.
    “the detail gives the novel some verisimilitude”

    realismbelievability, plausibilityauthenticitycredibilitylifelikeness

    the verisimilitude of her performance is gripping”

    The insipid state of mainstream commercial Contemporary music on Country Radio and TV?  Could this have something to do with the Corporate mainstream music mafia or is it really our collective unconscious fault? Do we respond reflexively to the onslaught of Corporate advertisements disguised as Country Pop because we are conditioned to do so or do we listen because of an internal apathy (see one and the same)?

    Time to stand up for quality and vote with your concert choices and streaming selections.    Do some of us have honing mechanisms for the “real” thing that screen out the Corporate speak?    I believe so and the Youtube numbers bear this out.   Durham Cool chose these two artists for their obvious Artistry and we are not alone. Tyler Childers has docked up  7,251,819 views for White House Road-Vinyl sessions and Colton Wall is at a very respectable 2,113,136 views for his Brewery Sessions-“Sleeping on the Blacktop” video.   

    Some friends and family have the audacity to ask, how could you like Yo-Yo Ma, Bill Withers, Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Leilani Wolfgramm, Little Stranger, the Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Tift Merritt, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Tyler Childers?  If you find yourself poised to ask the same, do me the favor of listening to these tracks first and tell me that this is not Great American music just like Bill Withers, Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, et al.    A long time ago,  a wise teacher counseled me to listen to music with Beginner’s mind, rather than expert’s mind (1)

    Tyler is a great songwriter.  Prolific similar to another ALT country singer songwriter we all know well from Jacksonville, NC.  Feathured Indians is a great love song by any measure.  Listen to this track with your heart open to its simple beauty.

    (1) Shunryu Suzuki, in his classic book, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, tells us that in the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few. Certainly, this statement is a simple and true perspective. A beginner, not knowing much of anything about the subject at hand and forced to make decisions, may look at many possibilities. An expert, given a certain circumstance, will have thoughts pouring down a funnel of experience and/or education framing his or her thoughts.




You can’t fake this kind of real music. This one is as good as anything Waylon and Willie. Hits you square in your real American heart.

NPR tiny studio with Tyler Childers

Tyler Childers - Nose On The Grindstone | OurVinyl Sessions

We are excited to present Tyler Childers from Paintsville, Kentucky performing his song “Nose On The Grindstone”, which so far is not on any of his released albums. This live performance was filmed in Oceanway Studios on Music Row in Nashville.

Tyler Childers

Brewery Sessions - Colter Wall - "Sleeping on the Blacktop"




Tyler Childers Great Recordings on Itunes

  Tyler Childers – Nashville Residency at The Basement Night 1 1 Rock Salt and Nails 2 Onedia 3 Nose To The Grindstone 4 Bottles & Bibles 5 Tattoos 6 Honky Tonk Flame 7 Fraulein 8 Banded Clovis 9 22nd Winter 10 Heart of Stone 11 Born Again 12 Ginseng 13 Purgatory 14 Old Country Church w/Miles Miller 15 Rank Stranger (Miles Miller) 16 Angel Band w/Miles Miller 17 Lady May 18 Follow You To Virgie 19 Hard Times 20 Feathered Indian 21 Comin Down 22 Deadman’s Curve 23 Fake Bouquet 24 A Song While You Were Away 25 Help Me Make It Through The Night 26 Time Of The Preacher 27 Dreadheaded Stranger/Blue Eyes Crying 28 Lost Address 29 Universal Sound 30 Take My Hounds To Heaven 31 Charleston Girl 32 Rocks and Relics 33 I Swear (To God) 34 That Thing You Said 35 If Whiskey Could Talk The Basement – Nashville, TN 9.11.17