Armed with a rugged drawl and a country rasp, Tyler Farr’s debut album plays like the soundtrack to a keg-fueled Saturday night. Redneck Crazy, which will be released on September 30, matches rowdy bar band tunes with salutes to girls, backroads and booze to power a hard-partying 11-song set.
A Missouri native now based out of Nashville, Tyler co-wrote more than half of Redneck Crazy and puts heavy emphasis on having a good time. Pairing with hick-hop friend Colt Ford on the distorted throwdown “Chicks, Trucks, and Beer,” Tyler sets a scene where it’s rural route rockin’ and he don’t ever see it stopping. Skynyrd-influenced guitar runs drive the rhythm as a lot of Redneck Crazy features a raw Southern Rock sound. “Makes You Wanna Drink” shouts out to Skynyrd, ‘Bama and Bocephus over tough power chords and an entertaining crowd sing-along that yells, Hell yeah, get tore up! And on “Wish I Had A Boat,” he’s just looking for a day out on the lake while a rambling country rock arrangement rolls by and a fun-loving party crowd are heard in support. Tyler encourages crowd participation all over the record, and his hook-driven melodies will most certainly go over well live when amped up loud.
Tyler’s delivery is laid-back and easygoing with a come-as-you-are quality. He’s throwing a party here and everyone’s invited. Though much of the album features straightforward melodies and vocal lines, the piano-laced “Whiskey In My Water” and album-closing “Living With The Blues” offer his most dynamic performances. “Living With The Blues” is an acoustic, traditional country song that forgoes the party theme to sing of an empty house with a stirring and evocative hopelessness. It’s one of the album’s best songs and shows that Tyler can handle weightier subjects in addition to the free-flowing good times found in songs like the long-legged and tan-lined “Ain’t Even Drinkin’.”
In addition to current country staples like backroads and bonfires, Tyler delivers some unique moments on Redneck Crazy where music and lyrics work together for a fresh perspective. Currently Top 5 at country radio, the title-track bends jealous rage into an ’80s-style power ballad full of soaring instrumentation and frayed electric guitars. And with lyrics like, He can’t amount to much by the look of that little truck, there is a sense that the character realizes it might be over-the-top, but he’s so wound up it’s useless trying anything else. As heard in the Western-themed “Cowgirl,” Tyler loves a woman with a strong heart and a soft touch, and in the bouncing “Hot Mess,” he can even understand when a girl can play them boys like a bluegrass fiddle. But in the end, confidence comes from knowing who will end up with whom at the end of the night.
With a tone set by the floor-shaking opener, “Dirty,” Redneck Crazy is a guitar band record with a country rock drawl. Production is rich and raw to create a live-sounding experience as subtle shifts and varying styles keep the album fresh. On Redneck Crazy, Tyler sets himself apart with a record that can rock the party while making sure to key in on elements of today’s contemporary country music scene.
Key Tracks – “Makes You Wanna Drink,” “Wish I Had A Boat,” “Cowgirl,” “Living With The Blues”