Charley Crockett Stares Down His Own Mortality, Tells Stories Of His Remarkable Life On New Album The Valley, Out September 20th Via Thirty Tigers

Listen to new songs “Borrowed Time” and “The Valley” 

Watch the self-directed music video for “Borrowed Time” here 

Crockett makes Newport Folk Festival debut tomorrow, plays FMQB Triple A radio conference in Boulder, CO August 8th   

July 25, 2019 – Charley Crockett will release his powerful new album The Valley on September 20th via Son of Davy/Thirty Tigers. Recorded one week before Crockett underwent lifesaving open-heart surgery this past January, the album stirs with an introspection and urgency to tell his story. The Valley chronicles his hard upbringing on the south Texas border in San Benito, his single mom’s move to Dallas and the ten years he spent as a street performer. The album also distills the essence of Crockett’s fierce and restless independence. It’s a story of an artist searching for his place in the world, absorbing the sounds of the country as he attempts to make sense of the struggles of America and life on the road. It’s a story of exile and promise, as Crockett now runs those same highways playing for thousands of fans.

“I ended up having two lifesaving heart surgeries in January of this year,” says Crockett in a letter to fans about The Valley. “I recorded this album one week before those surgeries. I needed to have these songs in case I didn’t get through. I needed them just to tell people my story. To show folks what I’ve been through in my life. I feel like I’m living on borrowed time in a lot of ways. It was luck that we discovered my desperate condition and I can’t help feeling that I cheated death somehow. Maybe the creator threw me a bone for pouring my life into my music and putting it first at all costs. I don’t know. What I do know is that life is the valley and everybody has to walk through it, often times alone. I hope that you can hear the sounds of my life in these recordings. They’ve come to mean more to me than any I’ve offered up in my 35 years.”

Recorded in Wildwood, TX at Fort Horton Studios and co-produced by Crockett, Jay Moeller and iconoclastic roots producer Billy Horton, The Valley is an amalgam of East Texas blues, border Tex-Mex, classic honky tonk, and Louisiana soul, swerving effortlessly between weeping George Jones-worthy country ballads and hot smoked Lazy Lester-swaddled blues. While he is becoming a master interpreter of other artists’ tunes, Crockett’s own songwriting cuts with an equally timeless quality. His delivery hinges with New Orleans clip, and his voice slides with a slight lisp that melts around his phrasing like oil skirting the surface of a pond.

2019 has already been a big year for Crockett. Following January's surgery and recovery, he released a two-song 7" produced by Bruce Robison for The Next Waltz in March, he made his Stagecoach debut in May, he made his Grand Ole Opry debut last month, and he makes his Newport Folk debut on July 26 (and headlines one of their after shows as well). He plays the FMQB Triple A radio conference in Boulder, CO on August 8th, and then he'll head over to Europe for headlining tour dates in August and September. There will be more fall U.S. dates announced soon.

Charley Crockett – 2019 Tour Dates

July 25 // White Plains, NY // City Center Summer Concert Series

July 26 // Newport, RI // Newport Folk Festival

July 26 // Newport, RI // Parlor (Official Newport Folk After Show Benefit)

Aug 7 // Ft. Collins, CO // Aggie Theatre

Aug 8 // Boulder, CO // Fox Theatre (FMQB Triple A radio conference)

Aug 9 // Billings, MT // Yellowstone Valley Brewing

Aug 10 // Challis, ID // Braun Brothers Reunion

Aug 15 // Malmo, Sweden // Malmöfestivalen

Aug 16 // Ostermalm, Sweden // Kulturkvarteret Kristianstad

Aug 17 // Oslo, Norway // John Dee

Aug 18 // Sodermalm, Sweden // Bar Brooklyn

Aug 19 // Göteborg, Sweden // Pustervik

Aug 22-25 // Tonder, Denmark // Tonder Festival

Aug 26 // Hamburg, Germany // NOCHTWACHE

Aug 27 // Burgau Kreis Gunzburg, Germany // Kulturrampe

Aug 28 // Eindhoven, Netherlands // Cafe 't Rozenknopje

Aug 29 // Nieuw-amsterdam, Netherlands // Paradiso - Tolhuistuin (Tuinzaal)

Aug 30 // Bottelare, Belgium // Het Ketske

Sept 1 // London, United Kingdom // Borderline

Sept 2 // Brighton, United Kingdom // Prince Albert

Sept 4 // Manchester, United Kingdom // Night & Day Cafe

Sept 5 // Glasgow, United Kingdom // Broadcast

Sept 6 // Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom // Cluny

Sept 7 // Leicestershire, United Kingdom // The Long Road Festival

Sept 9 // Paris, France // La Maroquinerie

Sept 11 // Bilbo, Spain // Kafe Antzokia

Sept 12 // Madrid, Spain // Sala El Sol

Sept 13 // Valencia, Spain // Loco Club

Sept 14 // Barcelona, Spain // Rocksound

Sept 15 // Zaragoza, Spain // Rock & Blues Café

Sept 28 // Arnoldsville, GA // Wildwood Revival

Pre-order The Valley here.


For more information on Charley Crockett, please contact Rob Krauser at REK Room Media, or 917.703.8361.