Tyler Farr Pulls Out of Lee Brice Tour Due to Vocal Surgery
Brice and Farr announced their Life Off My Years Tour in November of 2015. The tour was slated to launch Feb. 4 in Salisbury, Md., but in a post to Twitter on Wednesday (Jan. 27), Farr broke the news that he won't be able to make the dates.
According to a press release, Farr — who is an operatically trained vocalist — first noticed he was having problems during a 2015 run of shows with Jason Aldean. He was diagnosed with a polyp during a bout with bronchitis at the end of 2015.
“This is the last thing I would’ve ever expected,” Farr admits. “I sing hard, and I give it everything I have every night, but I really believed I was putting my training to work. After a No. 1 song, an awesome tour with Jason and getting engaged, this is not how I thought I was going to be winding up 2015.”
Farr and his medical team decided to take a proactive approach to the problem, opting for immediate surgery, vocal rest and aggressive follow-up treatments. He is canceling all of his live shows for the next several months, and he'll be working with Vanderbilt Voice Clinic to get ready to return to the road in the spring. Maddie & Tae, Clare Dunn and Jerrod Niemann will be filling in for him on tour with Brice.
“I know what it takes to get out there and really deliver,” Farr says. “I hate canceling shows, especially the upcoming tour with my buddy Lee Brice, but I never want to give the fans less than everything... And I know the sooner I let my body heal, the sooner I can get back out there — and the fewer problems I will have in the long run. To me, it’s never about the next few days, but doing the right thing overall, and now I’m under doctor’s orders.”
Ironically, Farr credits his past vocal issues with helping him to develop his signature throaty tone. He pushed himself to sing through strep throat while on tour with Colt Ford in 2009, and ended up popping a blood vessel in his throat. Doctors told him at the time that they could do surgery, but the scar tissue helped give him a distinct sound.
“It’s weird how things work out,” he told Taste of Country in 2013.
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