Not that you needed any more validation of just how much of a good dude the 2-time reigning Saving Country Music Artist of the Year Tyler Childers is, but he just proved it yet again. Childers had already made headlines last week for selling out three nights at the Appalachia Wireless Arena in in Pikeville, Kentucky, about a 45-minute drive from where Childers is originally from. Despite Pikeville only having 6,900 residents, Tyler Childers sold out the 7,000-capacity arena three times over—December 27th, 28th, and then on New Year’s Eve. Tyler set the record for the arena as the highest grossing act to ever play there, besting even big mainstream acts, including Chris Stapleton, who is also from nearby in Kentucky.
But catch this: After playing a full show on New Year’s Eve, wishing everyone a Happy New Year’s with the confetti dropping and the whole bit, Tyler Childers stayed after the show to help the Appalachia Wireless Arena crew clean up the facility.
“FYI….if you weren’t a fan before you need to be now! The guy with the broom helping The Appalachian Wireless Arena Cleaning Crew is none other than Tyler Childers himself,” said Appalachia Wireless Arena Assistant General Manager and Director of Operations, Larry R. Miller in a Facebook post (see below). “I love this kid after 3 days.”
And Kentucky loves Tyler Childers too. Not only are they proud of their hometown boy for the success he’s found in country music, including going #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart with his most recent album Country Squire, and recently being nominated for Best Country Song by the Grammy Awards, he commonly helps around his community, spending much of his Christmas holiday last year helping to fund a water drive for residents of Martin County, Kentucky who’ve been going through a water crisis due to contamination issues from the abandoned coal industry.
Tyler Childers has talked in the past about how one of the keys to his songwriting is staying connected to Kentucky and the people of the country. “It doesn’t make sense to move to one of the biggest-growing cities in the nation (Nashville) to sit in a room with 12 people and write a country song,” Tyler says. And so on New Year’s, he put actions behind his words, picked up a broom, and did his part to help clean up the mess he created.