Charley Crockett Speaks To NPR About His Remarkable Life, New Album And Upcoming Open-Heart Surgery

This past weekend, Charley Crockett – who Wide Open Country calls “one of the finest torch-carriers of classic-minded country, blues and Cajun music for the modern world” - spoke to Don Gonyea on NPR All Things Considered. During the wide-ranging interview, Charley discussed his remarkable life, how busking on the streets for nearly a decade shaped his approach to music, his new album Lil G.L.’s Blue Bonanza, and his upcoming open-heart surgery (Charley recently discovered he was born without one of the valves in his heart, and the surgery is to help repair that).

Listen to the full interview here.

The NPR interview was an exclamation point on what can only be considered a breakout year for Charley.

He released two albums in 2018, both via Son of Davy/Thirty Tigers. Lonesome As A Shadow was released in April to press raves. The album was also found on multiple year-end lists, including Paste’s “10 Best Roots & Blues Albums of 2018” list, where they say, “with a gliding, knifing tenor and a well-oiled machine of a band, he’s the real thing.”

Charley also surprised released his second album of 2018, Charley Crockett presents Lil G.L.’s Blue Bonanza, in early December. In a 4 ½-star review, All Music says “Crockett and crew spend some time getting gritty, but they're closer to an old-fashioned country & western band, the kind that wants to be sure the dancefloor is filled from the start of the set to its end.”

Charley also appeared on the cover of American Way magazine and the Austin Chronicle in December. He wrapped 2018 with a run of headline shows in legendary Texas venues like Billy Bob's Texas, Luckenbach Dancehall, and Antone's (where his old friend Leon Bridges and new friend Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top came to check out the show and hang with Charley).

In 2019, Charley is booked to play major festivals like Stagecoach as well as headline tours in North America, UK, Europe, and Australia.