Street Sounds: Dixie rises in Tyler Farr’s Suffer in Peace

On his second album, Suffer In Peace, singer/songwriter Tyler Farr is doing his damndest to make sure that ol’ Dixie rises again.

On his second album, Suffer In Peace, singer/songwriter Tyler Farr is doing his damndest to make sure that ol’ Dixie rises again.

Farr is one of the more modern and charismatic singers out of Nashville in a decade or so.  His nasty take on country grunge on C.O.U.N.T.R.Y. and Better in Boots has trashy appeal that owes more to dirt road honky tonks than the Grand Ole Opry. Minus the clichéd titles, they’re earthy bits of country-rock fusion.

Farr has a great voice for tough sounds and he wisely or instinctively keeps distance between “aw shucks” tearjerkers and his material.

Like any good country boy he’s gotta get serious about something. He takes a realistic look at bingeing and love in vain on I Don’t Even Want This Beer. Farr elicits empathy, not sympathy, and the dark-edged ballad lays bare his plight.

In accordance with the keepin’ it real spirit of Suffer In Peace, Farr brings us some de rigueur autobiographical slices of Dixie life (Raised to Pray and Poor Boy).  They’re just southern slices of Americana with traditional overtones of melodrama.

It wouldn’t be a real country album if it didn’t have a sentimental ballad or a barroom anthem.  Why We Live Here and Suffer in Peace are opposite ends of the ballad spectrum.

Why We Live Here regresses to stereotypical baseball, Bibles, hot dogs and Chevrolet imagery and the other track is a contemplative acoustic track. Let’s just say that one of the songs is more relatable.

A Guy Walks Into a Bar is a solid gold modern country song in between an anthem and a ballad. It’s got sentiment but is redeemed by a stripped down arrangement and a candid vocal hook.

Farr’s everyman persona is audible in his delivery and gives the track down-home magic.

– Dean Gordon-Smith is a Vernon-based musician who reviews new releases for The Morning Star every Friday.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

$173K to support Okanagan seniors amid pandemic

United Way announces more funding for frontline programs

Vernon couple support Kidney Walk despite setbacks

Jacqueline Marioni has had two kidney transplants; both organs have rejected or are rejecting her

Vernon Vipers land prep school blueliner

Griffen Barr, from Nanaimo, was captain of Shawnigan Lake club in 2019-20

Okanagan home sales increase over last month, still below 2019 numbers: OMREB

Sales, listings see increase over May’s numbers but dwindle in comparison to 2019

Suspicious activity on Predator Ridge bike trails

A rock deliberately placed on a hazardous corner results in bolstered security, cameras

B.C. records four new COVID-19 cases, Abbotsford hospital outbreak cleared

Four senior home outbreaks also declared over, eight still active

Princeton RCMP sergeant kills cougar threatening residential neighborhood

An RCMP officer shot and killed a cougar, close to a residential… Continue reading

Pilot project approved: Penticton to allow alcohol in outdoor spaces

For almost two hours, council debated the proposed pilot project, before eventually passing it 4-2

Drugs, machete found in truck with stolen plate driven by Salmon Arm man

Chase RCMP arrest driver and have vehicle towed

RCMP, coroner investigate murder-suicide on Salt Spring Island

Two dead, police say there is no risk to the public

About 30% of B.C. students return to schools as in-class teaching restarts amid pandemic

Education minister noted that in-class instruction remains optional

Trudeau avoids questions about anti-racism protesters dispersed for Trump photo-op

Prime minister says racism is an issue Canadians must tackle at home, too

Top cop calls video of Kelowna Mountie striking suspect ‘concerning’

A video allegedly shows a Kelowna Mountie striking a man several times

B.C.’s Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics goes virtual

The annual event partnering RCMP with Special Olympians is dramatically altered by COVID-19

Most Read