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Charley Crockett Crafts His Most Immediate And Accessible Album On His Own Terms With The Man From Waco, Out September 9th Via Son Of Davy/Thirty Tigers


Listen to the horn-heavy country-soul of lead single “I’m Just A Clown” here




Charley Crockett will release his latest album The Man From Waco on September 9th via Son of Davy/Thirty Tigers. Crockett wrote or co-wrote all 14 songs on the album, and in many ways The Man From Waco is the purest distillation of his artistry to date. What started as a demo session with producer Bruce Robison at Robison’s studio The Bunker outside Austin, TX turned into the first album Crockett has ever made with his band The Blue Drifters backing him from start to finish. Mostly first takes with only a handful of overdubs, The Man From Waco finds Crockett refining his singular “Gulf & Western” sound which continues to captivate an ever-growing legion of fans.


“I just wanted an honest partnership: do it at your place, live to tape, everybody in the room,” Crockett says of the recording experience, and Robison was happy to accommodate. “The magic is in the performances on that tape. That’s what Bruce wanted to do, that’s what I wanted to do. When we were done, I said ‘these are masters, not demos.’”


There’s a loose narrative thread that ties the album together, but at the centre of The Man From Waco is Crockett, who continues to trust his instincts and carve out his own singular space. Eschewing the ever-growing siren song of major labels and GRAMMY-winning producers, Crockett is forging ahead as a mostly DIY artist, calling his own shots and giving himself the space to strive for greatness on his own terms.


“Everybody was telling me: ‘go right, go right, go right,’” says Crockett. “I went left. I had to hold on to what has gotten me this far.”


Crockett is currently out on the road across the U.S., mixing headlining shows with a slot on Willie Nelson’s roving Outlaw Music Festival and other festival appearances. He will head to Europe and the UK for a headlining tour at the end of October with dates as follows:


October 28 – Workman’s – Dublin

October 30 – Oran Mor – Glasgow

October 31 – Deaf Institute – Manchester

November 1 – Jazz Café – London

November 3 – Yuca – Cologne

November 4 – Quasimodo – Berlin

November 5 – Take Root Festival – Groningen, NL


The Man From Waco track list


The Man From Waco Theme (Charley Crockett, Kullen Fox)

Cowboy Candy (Charley Crockett)

Time Of The Cottonwood Trees (Charley Crockett)

Just Like Honey (Charley Crockett, Kullen Fox)

I’m Just A Clown (Charley Crockett)

Black Sedan (Charley Crockett, Kullen Fox)

The Man From Waco (Charley Crockett, Bruce Robison, Kullen Fox, Taylor Grace)

Trinity River (Charley Crockett)

Tom Turkey (Charley Crockett, Bob Dylan) *

Odessa (Charley Crockett, Nathan Fleming)

All The Way From Atlanta (Charley Crockett)

Horse Thief Mesa (Charley Crockett)

July Jackson (Charley Crockett, Taylor Grace)

The Man From Waco Theme (Charley Crockett, Kullen Fox)

*contains interpolations from Billy 4

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