“Round This World” – the latest single from Crockett’s upcoming album Music City USA, out September 17th via Son of Davy/Thirty Tigers – is out now.
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Charley Crockett stood larger than life in the middle of Times Square, New York on Friday, as CMT premiered his new video for “Round This World” on the ViacomCBS video billboard. “Round This World” is the second single from Crockett’s upcoming album Music City USA, out September 17th via Son of Davy/Thirty Tigers. Music City USA will be Crockett’s 10th full-length album release in the last six years, and his second full-length release of 2021; the former being a tribute to Texan country great James Hand.
“I first started up on the banjo as a street player when the guitar I was playing got snapped in half outside a folk club in Greenwich village years back,” explains Crockett about the origins of “Round This World”. “Somebody felt bad about it and gave me a kind of throwaway banjo and I messed with it for about four months before I got another guitar. Since then, I’ve always kept one with me. I’ve written a lot of songs on banjo even if they eventually get recorded on guitar. The instrument makes a sound to me that just feels like a person’s voice. Now, I don’t have a license to play to be honest with you but that don’t stop me from making noise. “Round This World” just sort of came to me travelling down the highway one day. I started playing it with the band at the end of our shows almost immediately. It doesn’t sound like anything else on this album. If you listen close, you’ll notice it’s a song from the grave. Those are some of my favorites to sing.”
Crockett has become one of the leading lights in independent country music following a decade of busking on the streets of New York City and New Orleans, and only two years removed from life-saving open-heart surgery. He crafts his self-proclaimed “Gulf & Western” sound by synthesizing country, blues, soul, cajun, Western Swing, R&B and other pieces of American roots music into an unmatched, truly singular sound.
Amongst glowing critical acclaim, The Guardian newspaper stated, “With his unusual background, Texan troubadour Charley Crockett is breaking wild new frontiers in country music.” And declared Welcome to Hard Times his “Gothic masterpiece”. The Sunday Times commented, “..if you prefer your country songs stripped of artifice, he’s your man.” Mojo said in its review “There’s something likeable and everyman about his voice which sits easily with the variety of vintage country styles..” whilst Uncut noted the album’s “cinematic plushness and moody grace.” In the US, NPR Music calls him “such a fascinating mix, very 21stcentury and very vintage.” When Crockett’s voice comes out of your speakers, there is no confusing him for any other artist. As the Wall Street Journal writes, “Mr. Crockett’s unique vocal style is one third Ernest Tubb honky tonk with clipped-word diction, one third Bill Withers low-key, soulful crooning, and one third jazzy French Quarter second-line swagger.”
Crockett is also a part of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s latest exhibit “American Currents” alongside acts like Eric Church, The Chicks, Luke Combs, Mickey Guyton and Maren Morris. The San Benito, TX native donated the custom Fort Lonesome suit he wore during his Newport Folk Festival debut in 2019 to the exhibit, and he’s currently featured on a larger-than-life billboard outside the museum in Nashville alongside one of his heroes, fellow San Benito, TX native Freddy Fender.
Read an essay on Crockett and Music City USA penned by writer, historian, Willie Nelson biographer and fellow Texan Joe Nick Patoski here.
Crockett has a robust 2021 tour schedule in the U.S., headlining some of his biggest venues to date and playing a slew of premier U.S. festivals throughout the summer and fall. Just last week, Crockett was added to the line-up for New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in October. Crockett will also play both weekends of the Austin City Limits festival, MerleFest, and Hinterland Music Festival. Crockett just taped his debut episode of Austin City Limits TV last week, joining a season 47 line-up that also includes Miranda Lambert, Brittany Howard, Jon Batiste, Leon Bridges, Sarah Jarosz, Billy Strings, Jade Bird, Brandy Clark, Terry Allen, Dayglow and Jackson Browne. Crockett was also nominated for 2021 Americana Music Association awards “Emerging Act of the Year” alongside Amythyst Kiah, Joy Oladokun, Allison Russell and Waxahatchee.