Once upon a time, Tyler Farr was just another kid growing up in Garden City, Kans., a town of 1,600 and just a short drive from the Kansas/Missouri border. His life changed, however, when his mom married the lead guitarist in George Jones' band, and the 16-year-old spent his summer vacation on tour with the Possum, watching from the side of the stage and dreaming of becoming a country singer.
A man (now 29) of many influences, Farr just released his debut, Redneck Crazy, which sounds less like Jones and more like contemporaries along the lines of Chris Young, Jake Owen and Lee Brice. "Hello Goodbye" and "Living with the Blues" are tearjerkers, but at the end of the day he's a man's man who puts whiskey in his water and never the opposite: "Makes You Wanna Drink" rasps -- and almost even raps -- a portrait of trucks-on-a-riverbank rural utopia, while "Chicks, Trucks and Beer" (good things come in threes in Farr's world) actually does feature a little rapping from former touring partner Colt Ford. "Redneck Crazy," though, remains the most memorable, a Top 10, Gold-certified breakthrough hit that relocates Say Anything's late-night visit to a town like Garden City. Jones -- were he here -- would be proud.
Get to know more about Tyler Farr with a listen to some of his favorite tracks -- his own personal "Truck Mix" -- in the appended playlist. In his words: "This is the mix I listen to while I'm driving and it just puts you in that country mood. It's got some classic and newer country music, along with a few rock songs, and that combo always makes me want to get a little 'Redneck Crazy.'"