Columbia Nashville singer Tyler Farr said that being selected as one of the five top new artists of 2013 by his peers at radio is something he doesn't take lightly. On Friday, he'll perform at the New Faces Show at the Country Radio Seminar.
"It's an honor to share the stage with some of my buddies and talented artists I'll be sharing the stage with," said Farr, who joins Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett, among others. "I'm just humbled and honored to even be selected to do it."
Farr says it's the culmination of a lot of hard work. "We traveled around in a van and a U-Haul trailer for several years. We played the honky-tonks in Nashville, and put the hard work in. We've paid our dues, as you should. So, when you get achievements like these, it makes you appreciate them so much more. It makes it all worth it when it comes full circle. We're just grateful to be selected."
The radio tour is something that Farr says is something that every newcomer needs to do from a business standpoint. But, the end result goes far beyond business, and you make some strong bonds with programmers. "Every artist does one. If you want to play, you make friends at country radio, and you support them. You've got to get out there and show them how thankful you are. They want to meet you and know about you, what you're about, and what kind of person you are, and how you got there."
Radio has returned the favor to Farr. Hitting the chart for the first time in 2012 with "Hot Mess" and "Hello Goodbye," stations made his "Redneck Crazy" one of the biggest hits of last year -- peaking at No. 3 on the Country Airplay chart, and finishing the year at No. 7 on the year-end list. His current release, "Whiskey In My Water," is currently No. 31 on Hot Country Songs.
When asked about some of the early believers at radio, Farr cited "Travis Moon at KAJA (San Antonio) was a big supporter out of the gate," he says, while also thanking programmers such as Mike Kennedy (KBEQ – Kansas City) and Gator Harrison (WUSY – Chattanooga), as well as their staffs. "I also have to thank the entre crews at all the stations." Farr said that making those connections is something he has thoroughly enjoyed doing, and what sets the format apart. "That's what life is about, and that's what makes country different than any other genre, you actually have relationships with country radio. It's a very special thing."
NOTE: Each day this week, The 615 takes a look at a different participant in the New Faces Show that closes Country Radio Seminar week in Nashville. Radio programmers voted Brett Eldredge, Cassadee Pope, Thomas Rhett, Charlie Worsham, and today's featured artist -- Tyler Farr onto the lineup.