If you go
What: Tyler Childers
When: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Taylor Books
Although 22-year-old Tyler Childers has a built-in favorite for crowds in Charleston, it's likely few in the area know the song quite yet.
That's because the Paintsville, Ky., native has played here only a handful of times and his tale of an unrealized serendipitous romance in West Virginia's capital city was written about his first night here.
Recounting a wild night and the should-have-known-better-self-loathing that follows, "Charleston Girl" appears on Childers' latest release, a four-song EP titled "Live at Red Barn Radio" with his backing band, The Highwall. Though it arguably is one of the strongest tunes on the record, Childers is understandably coy in explaining how it came about.
"I probably shouldn't name names," he said with a laugh. "But I ended up having a pretty ridiculously wild night that started over at the Blue Parrot and headed over to Occupy Charleston. It was actually my first time in Charleston for a night and it was a pretty good first night.
"I woke up the next morning and was broke and had barely enough money to get back to Lexington. It was mostly my fault."
Here's to hoping Childers will fare better financially Friday night when he makes another stop in Charleston for a gig at Taylor Books.