Tyler Farr is hard at work on his third studio album, and it’s shaping up to be a special project for him.
Fans’ first taste of the album comes in the form of his latest single “Love by the Moon,” an upbeat country number that hones in on the themes of hard work and honest love. Known for the rowdy “Redneck Crazy” and tongue-in-cheek chart-topper “A Guy Walks Into a Bar,” Farr takes on a more subdued tone with “Love by the Moon.”
“I couldn’t cut another whiskey song,” Farr admits to Sounds Like Nashville. “This one doesn’t need much explaining. It’s one you can roll down the windows, sing to it. Sometimes that’s all you need to make your day a little bit better.”
Farr teamed up with Sugarland’s Kristian Bush to produce the new record. The pairing unites their artistic talents in a unique way, and the country-rocker knew the multifaceted artist would challenge him in the studio, which is why he trusted his judgment in cutting “Love by the Moon.” “That’s the great thing about Kristian is that he pushes my limits and puts me outside of the box that I would normally stay in,” Farr notes. “That’s why me and him work together.”
One particularly special element to the album is the presence of Farr’s band in the studio, channeling the brotherhood that exists onstage into the project. “They’re on the road with me, day in day out. They know what I want,” he says. “It was cool having them be a part of it because they’re in there with me, they’re fighting. We’re on the road, and they’re going to do it until they can’t no more, I’m going to do it until I can’t anymore. That was the coolest part about making this thing happen.”
Farr is quick to share some of the most special songs on the project, including one inspired by his grandfather and another penned by one of the brightest stars in country music. Chris Stapleton is the writer behind “People Drink,” and when Farr found out he hadn’t cut it yet, he leapt at the opportunity to make it his own. But “I Hope I Don’t Live to See That Day” is a song that holds significance for Farr and symbolizes a defining moment in his career.
“My grandpa used to say it and I was like ‘this is something I need to write about,’” he reflects. “There’s certain things sometimes you just can’t explain it…you have to hear it to understand.” Farr penned the song in 2010 and can still see himself performing it on the Grand Ole Opry stage, receiving his first standing ovation inside the hallowed institution. “I’ve been wanting to put it on a record for a while and I finally got that opportunity to do that,” he continues. “It’s one of my favorite songs I’ve ever written.”
Farr is slated to appear as part of Jake Owen’s 2018 “Life’s Watcha Make It” tour during a stop in Salem, Va. on Oct. 11.