As his latest single, “Redneck Crazy,” continues to climb the country singles chart, Tyler Farr is readying for the release of his debut album. The project has already given fans a variety of what he has to offer with the album, including lead single “Hot Mess” and its followup release, “Hello Goodbye” — a heartwrenching ballad of a relationship coming to an end. While the album is complete, Farr says he is still writing songs every day, and is not afraid to go back to the drawing board if needed.
“I always say until the album is out, it’s not done,” Farr tells Roughstock. “I’m good buddies with Lee Brice. He became like a big brother to me. He lives right down the road. We have a lot of country singers who live out in our area, so we’ll go over and sit in his garage and write. It’s so redneck. He’s got beer lights. Total man-cave. We’ve been writing a bunch of stuff … him and Rhett Akins and the guys I kind of run with. If we write a song that beats any of the other ones on the album, obviously we’re going to put it on there before we release it. The album is finished, but like I said, until it comes out, it’s not totally finished. I’m writing pretty much every single day, so I’d say there will be a few more things to put on there and bump some stuff off.”
Until the album hits shelves, fans are able to soak up all they can of “Redneck Crazy,” which Farr felt was the perfect followup single to “Hello Goodbye.”
“It’s a song I could have very easily written,” notes Farr of the tune that was penned by hit writers Chris Tompkins, Josh Kear and Mark Irwin. “I wrote the last single, ‘Hello Goodbye’ – ballad, love song … I wrote it the day after I caught my ex-girlfriend cheating on me with her ex-boyfriend. I was torn up. There were so many emotions when you go through something like that. You’re angry, you’re hurt, you’re crushed … you’re mad as hell. ‘Hello Goodbye’ tapped into the softer side of that. Now ‘Redneck Crazy’ is on the opposite side of the spectrum. The song blew my mind. It was not what I expected at all, and I love that.”
Farr was introduced to “Redneck Crazy” from a song plugger in town who felt the storyline could easily go hand-in-hand with the singer’s past realization that he was being cheated on with another guy. “It’s literally like the male version of Carrie Underwood’s ‘Before He Cheats,’” Farr explains. “I’d never heard it from a guy’s perspective. I was a little nervous about the song because I was wondering if girls are going to dig it because it’s about a guy and he’s upset and he’s talking about how he can’t amount to much judging by that little truck … won’t be getting any sleep tonight … it’s got a cool play on words.
“This song was so different, and I’m always trying to find an upper hand in this business because there’s so many new artists where if you don’t have something that stands out or separates you from the pact, you’re just going to get lost,” he continues. “I picked this song and took a swing for the fences. Hopefully it’s a home run … we’ll see. It was different and edgy. To me, it’s not even just about a guy getting mad because his girlfriend’s cheating on him and loses it. It’s the whole ‘redneck crazy’ thing. That ‘redneck crazy’ theme goes with things like I did over this past weekend. I drove my four-wheeler off into a duck pond and lost my iPhone 5. That’s ‘redneck crazy’ [laughs]! It’s maybe having a beer or two or five too many or just acting nuts. It’s kind of become its own little thing. People can take it however they want it, and I think that’s what listeners are doing.”
Farr will release the video for “Redneck Crazy” in the coming weeks. The video will feature guest appearances from Willie Robertson of “Duck Dynasty,” as well as Colt Ford and Lee Brice.