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

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 Valleychronicles 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.

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Charley Crockett: Full Of The Fire – The Old Sounds Of Struggle

by Dan England

Charley Crockett spent a decade on the street, making a living off tips he earned as a busker. He played the “old sounds of struggle” that he identifies with even now as a touring musician making a good living. Times were tough. His life was so sparse, he was grateful for a friend’s couch when he could get it.

But at 35, Crockett looks back on those years with the same thoughtful nature that marks his lyrics and his life. He was born to live off the street, at least for a while, he said in a phone interview for BandWagon, and he’s grateful for the experience.

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Show Review: Charley Crockett Played Compelling Set At Brooklyn Bowl W/The National Reserve

By Mark McLennan // Americana Highways

It’s been a hell of a year for Charley Crockett.  In January he had two open heart surgeries. No one would blame him for taking some time off and enjoying a little of the Gulf on his own.  But not even the specter of heart failure could keep Charley from doing his thing.

Since the heart issues started, he’s recorded an album (his fourth in two years) and then got back on the road almost immediately. Here he was in New York City, headlining the Brooklyn Bowl: a local favorite, which houses a side-stage bowling alley. In some ways this was a homecoming show for Charley. As he said, the first time he played a set outside of the subway system was as an opener at the Brooklyn Bowl.  Charley’s a man of the road though and his sound can’t quite be tied down either.



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Charley Crockett's Walk Through 'The Valley': "That's What Artists Do" | Newport Folk 2019

NATE HERTWECK / GRAMMYS

Some voices are unmistakable. True modern troubadour Charley Crockett has one such voice, and he knows how to use it. Street-trained and road-worn, Crockett's musical journey has bounced him around the globe, from his homeland of Texas, to New Orleans, Barcelona, Paris and more. At every stop in his journey, he's sharpened his skills as a singer of storytelling songs. But his latest twist in the road might also be his most cathartic.

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Charley Crockett on Upcoming Album ‘The Valley,’ Writing w/ Evan Felker

When it comes to country, blues, and everything in between, Charley Crockett is a human encyclopedia and consummate performer of it all. And if you’re looking for more “diversity” in country music, Crockett has you covered there too, with African American, Jewish, and Caucasian blood coursing through his veins and a history with Cajun culture, all while being a direct descendant of Davy Crockett if you can believe it.



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Charley Crockett Previews New Album ‘The Valley’ With Contemplative ‘Borrowed Time’

By JEFF GAGE

Charley Crockett didn’t know how long he had to live when he recorded The Valley. Now that the Texas singer-songwriter has come out the other side, he’s preparing to release the 15-song LP this fall, previewing it with two new songs and a music video for “Borrowed Time.”

Cut last January at Fort Horton Studios in Wildwood, Texas, outside Beaumont, Crockett was one week away from the first of two life-saving heart surgeries when he entered the studio. That sense of life-or-death clarity is palpable on “Borrowed Time,” a song cowritten with Turnpike Troubadours frontman Evan Felker, in which he lays his cards on the table for love and honest living. With a jaunty, fiddle-laden melody that’s as much Appalachia as South Texas, and a vocal accompaniment from Brennen Leigh, it sees Crockett’s typically rough and raspy singing taking on a smooth, peaceful croon.

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More overtly autobiographical is “The Valley,” which details Crockett’s troubled youth growing up in San Benito, down in the Rio Grande Valley, and later Dallas. The somber ballad, colored by the pedal steel work of Nathan Fleming, sees Crockett assessing his own hardships in search of a silver lining. “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 life,” Crockett says in a statement. Accompanying the new songs’ release is a music video for “Borrowed Time,” which was directed by Crockett himself and shot by David Wilson in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Co-produced by Crockett, Jay Moeller, and Billy Horton, The Valley — his second collection of originals since joining Thirty Tigers and first release since Lil G.L.’s Blues Bonanza from last December — drops on September 20th. Fresh off his first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry, Crockett makes his Newport Folk Festival debut this Friday, July 26th, in Newport, Rhode Island.

The full track listing for Charley Crockett’s The Valley:

1. “Borrowed Time” (Crockett, Evan Felker)
2. “The Valley” (Crockett)
3. “5 More Miles” (Crockett)
4. “Big Gold Mine” (Crockett)
5. “10,000 Acres” (Crockett)
6. “The Way I’m Livin’” (Crockett, A. Sanchez)
7.  “7 Come 11” (Vincent Neil Emerson)
8. “If Not the Fool” (Crockett)
9. “Excuse Me” (H. Howard, B. Owens)
10. “It’s Nothing to Me” (Pat Patterson)
11. “Maybelle” (Crockett)
12. “9 LB. Hammer” (trad. arr. by Crockett)
13. “River of Sorrow” (Crockett, K. Madrigal)
14. “Change Yo’ Mind” (Crockett)
15. “Motel Time” (Bobby Bare, Crockett, Sanchez, Fuchs)

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By Jeff Gage // Rolling Stone

Charley Crockett didn’t know how long he had to live when he recorded The Valley. Now that the Texas singer-songwriter has come out the other side, he’s preparing to release the 15-song LP this fall, previewing it with two new songs and a music video for “Borrowed Time.”



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Musician Charley Crockett Is No Cookie-Cutter Cowboy

Charley Crockett is no cookie-cutter cowboy. He grew up in the Rio Grande Valley as the son of a single mother, and he lived on the streets as a wandering musician, drifting from the Valley to New Orleans and New York before winding his way back to Texas.  

But no matter where he is, he has an unmistakable sound and style that is garnering sensational reviews from Rolling Stone and Billboard magazines, where his latest collection of songs landed in the top 10 on the blues album chart.

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Charley Crockett Asks ‘How Low Can You Go’ in First New Song Since Heart Surgery

Charley Crockett has recorded his first new music since undergoing heart surgery at the beginning of 2019, and it’s a twofer, with a pair of soulful new tracks, “How Low Can You Go” and “River of Sorrow,” that were recorded for Bruce Robison’s The Next Waltz series.

The Texas blues singer has been laying low since an operation in January to fix a life-threatening abnormality — one of the chambers in his heart wasn’t functioning — that doctors predicted would have been fatal within the next 12 months. Crockett, who played more than 200 shows in 2018, doesn’t sit still for long though, and the self-described “country soul” of “How Low Can You Go” is one of two new original recordings that he cut at Robison’s Bunker recording studio in Lockhart, Texas, outside Austin, during his convalescence.

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