Tyler Farr’s January vocal cord surgery raised his range — and his bar.
Now fully healed, the country star praises his surgeon for ultimately helping him do his job better. “It’s just been so much easier,” the “Our Town” singer told Rolling Stone Country before taking the stage at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas over the weekend. “My range actually increased five and a half notes higher.”
Farr had to pull out of Lee Brice’s tour to recover from the procedure, which involved the removal of a polyp from his vocal cords. He rebounded in time to join Brad Paisley’s summer tour — and even played a free show in downtown Nashville to celebrate his recovery.
“The first time I could actually get out there and take it for a test drive, I wanted to do about 25 Michael Jackson cuts,” he jokes. “I don’t do 50 and set the cruise [control]. I go balls to the wall, 100 [mph], and the fans deserve that.”
Farr is now working on his third studio album, which he tells us is not too much of a departure from his previous LPs. “We’re not going dub step, we’re not throwing a bunch of tracks in there,” he reports. “We’re making country music for country music fans and trying to pick a lot of great songs that fit me. I’ve passed on a lot of great songs that I knew for a fact were hits, but they weren’t me and I try to be me.”
Jason Aldean is producing the album, and Farr reports that he is asked time and again if it was hard to work with such a good friend — and country superstar.
“It wasn’t, because we’re both blunt with each other, for better or for worse,” he says. “He’s a smart ass, I’m a smart ass and that’s how we roll. . . At one point in the studio, I sang a verse on a song and he said, ‘That was great, but next time why don’t you sing it in tune.’ I was flipping him off. It was fun.”
“Our Town” is the nostalgic first taste of the new album, due out sometime next year. Hear Farr’s new single here.