Photo by Emma Delevante
On Wednesday and Thursday, Tyler Childers performed at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colo., marking his first headlining appearance since his two nights at the very same venue a year earlier on Sept. 29 and 30, 2021. During the two evenings, Childers performed several iconic covers, fan favorites from his discography and songs from his new album Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven, which was released today.
— Tyler Childers (@TTChilders) September 30, 2022
Childers began the first of the two evenings with a seven-track solo set starting with “Killing the Blues.” From there, he moved into the first cover of the run Utah Phillips’ “Rock Salt & Nails.” Next, he moved into the title track of his 2011 LP Bottles and Bibles, next came “Nose on the Grindstone” and “Follow You to Virgie” before the final track of the solo frame, “Matthew.”
Childers was then joined on stage by his longtime band, The Food Stamps, to share some fresh material with “Old Country Church” and the name of his new project, “Take My Hounds to Heaven.” He continued with the honky tonk favorite 2019’s “Country Squire,” then “Rustin’ in the Rain,” and “Deadman’s Curve.” He continued with originals including “Bus Route” and “Oneida” before landing on a cover of Kenny Rogers & The First Edition’s “Tulsa Turnaround.” Next came a fan favorite jam of “House Fire” equipt with a “Reuben’s Train.” The house was rocking, hootin’ and hollerin’ as Childers and the ensemble played the penultimate song, “Honk Tonk Flame,” before closing with a cover of The Charlie Daniels Band’s “Trudy.”
On Thursday, Childers kicked things off right where they left off, tapping into the energy that had spurred the night before again with a cover of “Trudy.” They then made band introductions and officially kicked the set off with “House Fire.” Next, Childers and company revisited Rogers & The First Edition’s “Tulsa Turnaround” before hammering out the elusive single “Percheron Mules.” Next, he played a few tracks off 2019’s Country Squire, “All Your’n,” “Creeker,” and “Bus Route.” Childers once again treated fans to “Rustin’ in the Rain” and “Honky Tonk Flame” before flowing into “Universal Sound.” After performing “Shake the Frost,” Childers moved to a second stage located in the center of the iconic venue for solo renditions of “Nose on the Grindstone,” “Follow You to Virgie,” “Lady May,” and an instrumental version of “Strong.”
He then rejoined his band on the main stage for a cover of Hank Williams’ “The Old Country Church” and an alternative version of “Take My Hounds to Heaven.” Next, Childers and The Food Stamps played “Two Coats” before a run of some biblical tunes starting with “Purgatory,” then “Way of the Triune God,” and his “Angel Band” off the new LP. Childers closed the performance with “Jubilee” and finally, “Heart You’ve been Tending.”
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Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, Colo.
Sept. 28, 2022
Set: Solo: Killing the Blues, Rock Salt & Nails (Utah Phillips cover), Bottles and Bibles, Lady May, Nose on the Grindstone, Follow You to Virgie, Matthew
With the Food Stamps: Old Country Church, Take My Hounds to Heaven, Country Squire, Rustin’ in the Rain, Deadman’s Curve, Bus Route, Oneida, All Your’n, Triune God, Tulsa Turnaround (Kenny Rogers & The First Edition cover), House Fire (Reuben’s Train), Universal Sound, Honky Tonk Flame, Trudy (The Charlie Daniels Band cover)
Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, Colo.
Sept. 29, 2022
Set: Trudy (The Charlie Daniels Band cover), Band Introductions over House Fire opening, House Fire, Tulsa Turnaround (Kenny Rogers & The First Edition cover), Percheron Mules, All Your’n, Creeker, Bus Route, Rustin’ in the Rain, Honky Tonk Flame, Universal Sound, Shake the Frost
Solo: Nose on the Grindstone, Follow You to Virgie, Lady May, Strong instrumental
With the Food Stamps: The Old Country Church (Hank Williams cover), Take My Hounds to Heaven, Two Coats, Purgatory, Way of the Triune God, Angel Band, Jubilee, Heart You’ve been Tendin’