Tyler Childers and the Food Stamps Release New Song “Angel Band” Ahead of New Triple Album

Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven?, the highly anticipated new album from Tyler Childers and his longtime band The Food Stamps, will be released September 30 on Hickman Holler Records/RCA Records.

In advance of the release, the Hallelujah and Jubilee versions of “Angel Band” are out this week. Additionally, a new music video for the song directed by Bryan Schlam is out now.

Watch Angel Band (Jubilee Version) by Tyler Childers

Conceptualized as a three-part project, the eight songs on the album are presented in a trio of distinct sonic perspectives—Hallelujah, Jubilee and Joyful Noise. 

Produced by Childers and The Food Stamps, the eight-song collection features a mix of new and traditional songs and was primarily recorded in guitarist’s James Barker’s home studio, Dragline Studios.

“I grew up Baptist and I was scared to death to go to hell. And a lot of that stuck with me.”

Tyler Childers

The Hallelujah version captures Tyler and the core band playing live in a single room over the course of two days, while the Jubilee version builds on it with the addition of strings, horns, background vocals and an array of worldly instruments such as dulcimer, mbira and sitar. The Joyful Noise version will be unveiled on release day. 

“I grew up Baptist and I was scared to death to go to hell,” Childers said of the project. “And a lot of that stuck with me.”

For Childers, this is a collection that came together through processing life experiences in the different philosophies and religions that have formed him. 

“Filtering through that and trying to find the truth, and the beauty, and the things you should think about and expelling all that nonsense has been something I’ve spent a lot of time on,” he said.

Working with the same song three different ways was a nod to my raising, growing up in a church that believes in the Holy Trinity,” Childers said. The Father being the root, the place from which everything comes from, and The Son coming to free up some of those things, allowing it to be more open and welcoming. And then you have the Holy Ghost once The Son is gone — that feeling that’s supposed to keep us sustained until we are reunited, in whatever way that looks. 

The new album is the first new music from Childers since 2020’s Grammy-nominated surprise release, Long Violent History, which NPR Music called an “explicit and remarkable stand in solidarity.”

His two previous releases, 2019’s #1 Country Squire as well 2017’s RIAA Platinum debut, Purgatory, were released to overwhelming critical and commercial acclaim. In the years since his debut, Childers has earned two Grammy nominations and has been featured on “CBS This Morning,” “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert series and “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.”

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