Charley Crockett Stares Down His Own Mortality, Tells Stories Of His Remarkable Life On New Album The Valley, Out September 20th Via Thirty Tigers
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or 917.703.8361.