Redneck Therapy for Tyler Farr’s Redneck Struggles

I feel like I just watched some kind of redneck soap opera — one starring Tyler Farr as the antagonist in a him-against-the-world storyline. Farr’s recently released debut album Redneck Crazy was accompanied by a series of videos called Tyler Farr’s Redneck Ranch .

And he kicks the series off with a litany of things that irritate him. Like rain, traffic, stale potato chips, banana hammocks, shirtless selfies of men, guys that gripe about country music, smart cars and the people who honk their horns at him.

“It’s not my fault my truck is bigger than your smart car,” he explains.

Those are the things, Farr says, that tend to aggravate him.

So to help him “deal with some of those daily struggles,” Farr brings in a therapy team in the next few episodes. Those are the episodes where he takes his frustrations out on a car, smashing the windshield and shooting at it with a Romanian AK-47 semi-automatic. And then ultimately, when Farr says it’s time to “take it up a notch,” there are explosives inside the car and his gun outside the car.

I don’t want to spoil the ending, but you can probably imagine what happens next.

“That’s redneck crazy, right there,” Farr says. “So remember. No one should ever let the stresses of a job, an ex or daily life get them down. All you need is a little dose of redneck crazy.”

And a lot of don’t-try-this-at-home warnings.

The road to Nashville wasn’t always so redneck for Farr. Before getting to Music Row, he was at Missouri State University on a vocal performance scholarship, probably studying things like applied music and advanced music theory and taking part in opera workshops. He left the program after two years and headed for Nashville, where he worked as a bouncer — then as a singer — at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. But even now, with all of his redneck bravado, you can still hear a little bit of what earned him that scholarship on songs like “Living With the Blues” and “Hello Goodbye.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.