Tyler Farr is one country artist that it is very easy to take for granted. There are plenty more acts on the landscape of the format with a more flamboyant and in-your-face style, but just because his style is a little more moody doesn’t mean it’s any less musically potent.
The singer is at his best when singing about heartbreak — which, fortunately, he’s not experiencing first-hand anymore, as he will soon be celebrating one year of marital bliss with his wife, Hannah. But, he definitely has the ability to make one believe those emotions. Here are 10 Tyler Farr songs that truly epitomize his talents.
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10. Tyler Farr — “Our Town”
There’s more than a slight bit of nostalgia in this charming 2016 single about a man looking back with fondness on the town where he was raised. For Farr, the tiny town of Garden City, Mo., had to be pretty close to his mind. The track was co-written by his Sony labelmate, rising country performer Seth Ennis.
9. Tyler Farr – “I Don’t Even Want This Beer”
Country music has the reputation of — for better or worse — glamorizing the consumption of alcoholic beverages, but in this track from his sophomore album Suffer In Peace, the singer was not thrilled to be sitting at the bar thinking of the woman he loves. It’s one that should have been a single.
8. Tyler Farr – “Better In Boots”
A tribute to the irresistible charms of his significant other and how she looks in a pair of Luccheses — of which there never seems to be a shortage of at Farr shows, including this year’s tour with Brantley Gilbert. Granted, it’s not the heaviest lyric that one could imagine, yet its a pretty fun track — and Farr handles it well.
7. Tyler Farr – “Hot Mess”
Farr introduced himself to country radio in the winter of 2012 with this infectious track that was co-written by the undeniable song factory of Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akins, and Ben Hayslip. The song barely made it into the Top 50 but helped the singer to establish his brand.
6. Tyler Farr – “Living With The Blues”
Though critics have sometimes labeled Farr’s singles as “Bro Country,” there is much more than that to his overall style. What radio listeners don’t always have the opportunity to hear is a whiskey-drenched Tyler Farr song performance on this song, which brings to mind some of the best work from Hank Williams, Jr. or Travis Tritt.
5. Tyler Farr — “I Should Go to Church Sometimes”
The current single from the Sony recording artists finds himself digging a little bit deeper lyrically than he has ever ventured. The lyrics are about a man who is seeking out a personal and spiritual revival in order to live his life in a better way. Country radio may or may not respond to it, as the verdict is still out, but one thing’s for sure, this Tyler Farr song delivers the goods.
4. Tyler Farr – “Withdrawals”
Farr turned to ace tunesmiths Hillary Lindsey, Gordie Sampson, and Josh Kear for this power ballad comparing a break-up to an addiction. The chorus ranks as one of Farr’s top moments on disc thus far, making this one a favorite of critics and fans alike.
3. Tyler Farr – “A Guy Walks Into a Bar”
It’s a classic set-up line to many funny stories, but this 2014 chart-topping Tyler Farr song was nothing to laugh about. The singer was once again in a barroom, looking to forget the pain that he was feeling — and knowing that no matter how much he tried to drink the pain away, nothing was going to work in the slightest.
2. Tyler Farr – “Redneck Crazy”
The breakthrough hit from Farr, this song served as warning to his soon-to-be-ex that her cheating was going to send him over the edge in a way that she had never seen before. Needless to say, the woman in the song had “broken the wrong heart.” The video for the song contained some definite star power, with Colt Ford, Lee Brice, and Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson all making an appearance in the clip.
1. Tyler Farr – “Hello Goodbye”
Though he’s enjoyed bigger hits than this track, which was just his second single to radio, it’s easy to appreciate his ability to switch up vocally on this 2012 single. On the verses of this song, he sounds very rough-hewn and moody, but when he goes for a higher vocal sound in the chorus — to say that he nails the performance is an understatement. Chart position aside, this early release shows just how talented and underrated an artist the singer truly is.