Redneck Crazy by Tyler Farr

At first glance, Tyler Farr might appear to be another contender for country fans’ favorite new guy who drives a truck and hunts, drinks beer and likes his music loud.

On Tyler’s debut album, Redneck Crazy, he’s that, for sure, as “Dirty” and “Chicks, Trucks and Beer” proudly proclaim. But there’s more interesting stuff elsewhere on Redneck Crazy, like the title track: Instead of a small-town party anthem, it’s a bitter, almost scary account of a jilted man stalking his ex and her new guy. It’s so messy and human, and it’s got a chorus that’ll stay with you.

“Hello Goodbye” similarly takes place in a breakup’s aftermath, and Tyler gives a knockout performance with his wonderfully raspy, expressive voice.

Backwoods livin’ permeates the toe-tapping “Wish I Had a Boat,” but it’s more about a guy thinking that a seaworthy craft would solve his problems.

The rural tropes also mostly work on “Makes You Wanna Drink,” with its funky, call-and-response vocals, but wear out their welcome later in the album.

Redneck Crazy closes with two of its best songs—“Cowgirl,” a simple man’s plea for an unpretentious mate, and “Living With the Blues,” an all-acoustic number proving that young Tyler is already a master of heartbroken balladry.

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