Charley has shared the stage with Turnpike Troubadours, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, John Paul White, Justin Townes Earl, Lee Ann Womack, JD McPherson, and many others.
Wide Open Country says "Like Valerie June, The Roots, Alabama Shakes, and Leon Bridges, Crockett has a unique style of both rural and urban American music, heritage, and experiences."
ROLLING STONE calls Crockett's latest release Lonesome As A Shadow “a rollicking mix if classic folk, soul, jazz, honky-tonk, and blues...”, and "a more soulful side of the traditional roots based sound", and you don’t want to miss it.
“Lonesome As A Shadow is hard to define, and easy to love as Charley Crockett comes across as part Hank Williams, part Otis Redding, yet all himself.” - Saving Country Music
Cowboys & Indians Magazine say it's “...a captivating blend of Memphis soul, Cajun blues, and Texas country.”
His debut solo album titled A Stolen Jewel in 2015, received critical acclaim in Dallas and ultimately landing him a Dallas Observer Music Award that year for "Best Blues Act". Crockett, who is described as elusive, rebellious and self-taught, has been compared to legends like Bill Withers, Hank Williams, and Gary Clark Jr.
“In the Night” and Crockett’s song “I Am Not Afraid”, from his 2016 sophomore record In The Night, received international recognition by NPR Music as one of the "Top 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing". Charley was selected by David Dye to be featured on World Cafe in late July. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram called it "an impressive calling card, full of Crockett's plaintive soulfulness and swinging tempos" and others noted the artist as having "the well-rounded songwriting capabilities of Van Morrison and a vocal approach that finds common ground between Bill Withers and early Dr. John."
In 2017, he recorded a collection of his favorite honky tonk songs called Charley Crockett presents Lil G.L.'s Honky Tonk Jubilee . The album features songs originally performed by Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb, Loretta Lynn, Tanya Tucker, Roy Acuff, Webb Pierce, and other great heroes of honky tonk.
Now in 2018, Crockett releases Lonesome As A Shadow, an album of all original material recorded in Memphis at the legendary Sam Phillip's Recording Service with Producer/Engineer Matt Ross-Spang. Backed by his band of Blue Drifters, this album was recorded live to tape in the middle of a long year of touring. It's a musical gumbo of influences that showcases the various depths of Crockett's sound.
I’ve said it before but my influences stretch from Hank Williams to Bill Withers and my first couple a records were really a mix of the sounds that make up Texas & Louisiana music for me. Blues, Country, Soul, Cajun, Tejano and Zydeco. I wanted to keep all that together. Something with that Gulf Coast sound that’s both urban and rural. Turns out, Sam Phillips was just the place to make it happen. Besides, all those amazing Sun and Stax artists were country folks cutting records in the city anyway so it was just natural for me. We were gonna hire a studio band for the session but Matt watched a few videos of my road band “The Blue Drifters” and decided I should bring them with me. Those boys are all so dang good in the studio and on the stage and since we were already really tight, cutting the record was easy and we did it live to tape in 4 days with a handful of overdubs. I feel lucky to be playing with such fine musicians."
He's set to tour the US and internationally this year. Don't miss your chance to see Charley's unique show in the historic Statler Ballroom!
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