Tyler Childers has surprise-released the new album Long Violent History.
Eight of the nine tracks on Long Violent History are instrumentals, and on the album’s closing title track, Childers sings about the entrenched history of racism in the United States.
“Long Violent History is a collection of instrumental pieces intended to create a sonic soundscape for the listener to set the tone to reflect on the last track, which is my own observational piece on the times we are in,” the Kentucky artist shared in a video message on YouTube.
Childers acknowledged the strain of COVID-19 on society, adding, “All the while, we’ve all witnessed violent acts of police brutality happen around the nation that have gone unaddressed. In response, we’ve seen protests turn to riots, and riots culminate into acts of violence and destruction of property.”
He then encouraged his “white rural listeners” to reflect on the episodes of police brutality that have fuelled protests nationwide and empathize with Black communities. Childers has also promised 100 percent of proceeds raised from Long Violent History to the Hickman Holler Appalachian Relief Fund, which supports underserved Appalachian communities.
Listen to Long Violent History below:
And watch Childers’ message here: