Boise's Tylor & the Train Robbers to Release Sophomore Album 

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Jennifer Pisano

If you haven’t caught a live performance from Tylor & the Train Robbers yet, you must not frequent Boise’s country music venues. The local Americana/folk band is ever-present at spots like The Ranch Club and Tom Grainey's, and so far it has built a following off the back of just one album—2017’s Gravel (self-released), which BW music guru Ben Schultz named one of that year's best local music releases.

That’s all changing on Friday, April 26, when Best of the Worst Kind (self-released) officially drops following an Indiegogo fundraising campaign. Like the band’s name, the album was inspired by frontman Tylor Ketchum’s rogue ancestor, famed train robber Tom “Black Jack” Ketchum, and its lyrics combine Black Jack’s legend with elements of Ketchum’s own childhood.

"'Best of the worst kind' comes from something my dad always told me when I was younger. He would always say 'You're only as good as who you're hanging out with,'" Ketchum said in a video discussing the album. In the title track, creative wordplay turns that idea into a retelling of Black Jack Ketchum's New Mexico hanging with the lines, "My daddy always said you're only as good as who you're hanging with / I was hanged like the best of the worst kind."

To celebrate Best of the Worst Kind's release, the band will appear at The Record Exchange on Thursday, April 25, at 6 p.m. for a free in-store performance and to sell copies of the album a day before it officially hits shelves. The next night on Friday, April 26, the band will be at The Sapphire Room in Garden City, where its members will share the stories behind the songs and play through the whole album track by track starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to that show cost $15-$35.

Watch the band's full album release video below.

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