Charley Crockett might be a worthy candidate for the most interesting man in country music. Not only is the dude wildly talented and entertaining, while he tours constantly and finds the time to make cinematic quality videos, he also keeps up a hare’s pace in the studio.
Earlier this year he released the 3rd installment in his “Lil’ G.L.” series paying homage to the past greats by recording ten songs in tribute to legendary Texas troubadour James “Slim” Hand. And even with releasing two records in 2020 as well—including one of 13 new original songs in Welcome To Hard Times—you knew Crockett wasn’t done with releasing new music in 2021.
Announced today, Charley Crockett will release his latest album called Music City USA on September 17th via his own Son of Davy record label, distributed by Thirty Tigers. Though it might be titled after the nickname of Nashville, the album was recorded at Soil of the South Productions in Valdosta, GA and produced by Mark Neill, who also produced 2020’s Welcome to Hard Times.
The new album includes a whopping sixteen tracks, including a cover of the iconic country song “Skip A Rope.” Ahead of the new album Charley has released the song and video for “I Need Your Love” (see below).
“I like to think of my sound as ‘Gulf & Western’, and this number here is all gulf coast music,” says Crockett. “Something you’d hear out of southeast Texas recording studios or southern Louisiana. I’d been foolin’ around with this song for a while, and when we went to record it, we decided at the last minute to double the length of the chorus. I felt right then that we had something. I’d wanted to bring the horns back for a couple tunes on this album. Soul and Country R&B from the deep south is a whole lot of who I am. I hope it shows though on ‘I Need Your Love’.”
Charley Crockett is having a banner year already. Along with receiving wide praise for his 10 For Slim James Hand tribute, Crockett is making his Austin City Limits debut taping on July 28th. He’s also currently being featured right beside fellow south Texas native Freddy Fender at the Country Music Hall of Fame as part of their American Currents exhibit.
Music City USA is now available for pre-order.
I Need Your Love
The World Just Broke My Heart
Are We Lonesome Yet
The Foolish Game
Round This World
Music City USA
Just So You Know
Lies and Regret
I Won’t Cry
Only Game In Town
Skip A Rope