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The “Lady May’ singer has just released a new album titled Rustin’ In The Rain. This album includes seven different songs of differing styles, and includes a cover of Kris Kristofferson’s “Help Me Make It Through The Night.” Childers credits Elvis for the concept of the album saying he imagined pitching each song to Elvis Presley. This resulted in a variety of beautiful songs that “the King” would definitely approve of. The album appeals to Elvis’ love for classic country, gospel and romantic ballads.
“Rustin’ In The Rain”
“Phone Calls and Emails”
“Help Me Make It Through the Night”
“In Your Love”
“Space and Time”
Pre-order my new album Rustin’ In The Rain
– Link in bio pic.twitter.com/kROQsJI7EK
— Tyler Childers (@TTChilders) August 28, 2023
Tyler Childers’ fans have been anticipating the release of this cover song ever since he released the Healing Appalachia video in May of 2022. In the studio recording of the song, Childers is accompanied by Goodman and Erin Rae. The studio recording, just like the original video of Childers’ singing “Space and Time,” is absolutely stunning and might be the best we’ve heard from Tyler vocally.
The album opens up strong with the title track, “Rustin’ in the Rain.” This solid bluegrass track would fit perfectly in a busy bar as it would naturally bring energy and excitement to a room. The whole song fits Childers’ vibe perfectly with the Appalachian twang and upbeat tempo. While it is easy for any songwriter to simply state, “I hope you don’t forget about me,” Childers takes a brilliant approach and compares the thought of losing his love to his heart “rusting in the rain.”
This 28-minute album is Childers’ shortest album so far, but possibly his most in-depth lyrically. The songs vary throughout the album from the bluegrass style of “Rustin’ in the Rain,” to the piano-heavy “Phone Calls and Emails.”
This album feels almost as though it doesn’t fit in to any certain time period—it is its own unique style very specific to Childers.
Watch the video below to hear the title song, “Rustin’ in the Rain.”