If you thought Tyler Farr was all beer drinking, tailgating and "Redneck Crazy" hell-raising, think again.
I had a chance to attend the newcomer's album release party Wednesday night (Sept. 18) at the Stage in downtown Nashville. Like the others squeezing into the packed club, I was happy to hear his Top 5 smash "Redneck Crazy" and a host of other party anthems. But I was also delighted to hear a softer side of the singer, too.
After all, real life and really good records are all about balance, are they not?
And the smoky-voiced Missouri native knows how to keep it real. He's not the type to put on airs in life or in his music -- or hold back, for that matter. (I mean, listen to "Redneck Crazy.")
Farr comes across as a genuine guy. When he's singing a good-timin' song like the Rhett Akins/Craig Wiseman co-write "Makes You Wanna Drink" or a deeper cut like "Whiskey in My Water," you tend to believe him. You get the impression these are very personal experiences -- good or bad -- that likely took place in his life very recently or are powerful memories from the past.
Also, keep an ear out for "Cowgirl," one of the album's more traditional-leaning cuts, complete with steel guitar and old-school melodies. It immediately struck me not only for those reasons but also because ... well ... Farr introduced it as the song that describes what he looks for in a woman.
And no debut album these days would be complete without the assistance of a few famous friends. Farr told the crowd Lee Brice is a co-writer on the sing-along "Wish I Had a Boat."
Whether it's simply just a fun, crowd-pleasing anthem, a deep love song or a stone-cold country tune, one thing is certain: Farr knows how to connect with an audience.
Look for Redneck Crazy, the album, to arrive Sept. 30.