Columbia Nashville recording artist Tyler Farr took the stage at the Jefferson Theatre on March 29th in downtown Charlottesville, VA. I’m not sure Charlottesville was ready for a storm this big, but he blew through like a natural disaster. He entered the room in style, wearing a long-sleeved camo shirt with a black leather vest. Not only were his stage presence and vocals flawless, but so were his fashion choices.
He started off strong with “Camo Is The New Black” and “I Ain’t Even Drinkin.” His performance was effortless, authentic and solid. However, he wasn’t even three songs in when a fan decided to get ‘redneck crazy’ by tossing a full, open can of PBR onto the stage. “Stop the music! Who is the dumb son of a bitch that threw this? Security kick his ass out” he said with a look of frustration on his face. Luckily, the show moved on quickly and Tyler continued as if nothing had happened. He continued with songs such as “Makes You Wanna Drink” and his new single “Whiskey In My Water.” It wasn’t the fan favorites that I enjoyed the most, it was a rare moment that most country artists don’t take the time to address.
“When you lose the roots, you lose the genre” he said, as he started to sing Johnny Cash “Folsom Prison Blues.” It was admiration at it’s finest.
When Tyler Farr performs, something special happens, and it’s obvious he doesn’t do this because he wants to, but because he needs to. It’s something he was born to do. Lions are born to hunt, Tyler Farr was born to sing country music. You won’t find him shaking it like Luke Bryan or making you laugh like Blake Shelton, but what you will find is pure passion, flawless vocals and a solid stage performance that leaves you wanting more. If I ever doubted the direction of country music, I can rest easy now, especially after seeing Tyler Farr live. Country music needs a hero and he just might be from Garden City, MO.