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Tyler Farr Learns to “Stop and Smell the Roses” During Whirlwind of Success

“I need to take a minute to step back and enjoy what's going on right now,” says Tyler.

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Life these days for Tyler Farr is a lot different than it was about a year ago. With the success of his chart-topping hit “Redneck Crazy,” Tyler’s life has indeed become rather crazy. In addition to the song’s success as it nears platinum certification, Tyler’s Redneck Crazy album became the biggest debut for a new male country artist in 2013, landing at No. 2 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and No. 5 on the all-genre Billboard 200 albums chart the week after its initial release.

Through it all, Tyler has remained levelheaded and has learned to appreciate every second of this wild ride.

“I’ve learned to just enjoy it and take time to stop and kind of smell the roses,” Tyler tells Country Weekly. “It kind of hit me a month or so ago. . . . I was playing the Opry, and I was just going from show to show, writing in town, doing this and doing that. It was just nonstop. I was backstage, and I asked my guitar player, ‘We’ve played here quite a bit, haven’t we?’ And he goes, ‘Yeah, I think like 10 or 11 times.’ I was like, ‘Man, we need to enjoy this moment!’ You forget to stop and say, ‘I’m playing at the Grand Ole Opry! I get to do this!’

“Sometimes it’s hard for us singers,” Tyler continues. “We don’t think; we just do it. That’s what we do. That’s our job. . . . It’s fun, so we keep doing it, but sometimes you have to make yourself take a step back and go, ‘Wow! This is really an amazing thing, and I need to take a minute to step back and enjoy what’s going on right now.’ In my mind, my wheels are always turning. I’m already thinking about the next album, and my first album was just released! It’s been an awesome experience, and I’ve learned a lot of other things, too, but that’s probably the biggest one . . . taking a step back and enjoying life and what’s going on in that moment.”

Tyler has released his fourth single from Redneck Crazy to country radio, titled “Whiskey in My Water.” He also co-wrote the song with John Ozier and Phillip LaRue.

This fall, fans can catch Tyler performing both hits live as he crisscrosses the country with Florida Georgia Line on the duo’s headlining Here’s to the Good Times Tour.


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