Charley Crockett (from the album Lonesome as a Shadow)
Spinning Soul from a honky tonk jukebox full of tunes, Charley Crockett delivers his recent release, Lonesome as a Shadow. The distinct paths for the music are easily navigated by Charley Crockett, thanks to his formative musical years in San Benito, Texas where he learned to be a Blues singer in the hometown of Freddy Fender. Wrapping pain around his words like a blanket, Charley Crockett accepts the role of victim for “If Not the Fool” as the spotlight stays on losing in love with the moody melody of “How Long Will I Last”, wakes up to goodbye in “The Sky’d become Teardrops”, and calls out with one last plea on “Change Yo’ Mind”.
Learning to engage as a performer was tough love for Charley Crockett. He busked on the street from corners in New Orleans’ French Quarter to New York City subway tunnels. Returning to Texas in 2015 after a year living in Paris, and following the road through Spain, Morocco, and North Africa, Charley Crockett began a record/release cycle Lonesome as a Shadow was recorded at Sam Phillips studio in Memphis, Tennessee with Charley’s touring band, The Blue Drifters, backing him. The title track trots out a honky tonk rhythm on a tale of touring Texas as Lonesome as a Shadow cries out to Louisiana and sweet Ms. Brown with “Help Me, Georgia” as it drifts on a slow funk for “Ain’t Gotta Worry Child”. Charley Crockett finds the smooth center between Country and Soul, adding in a Tex Mex backbeat for “I Wanna Cry”, touching up “Sad & Blue” with a late-night Blues noir, and makes his way back home on a rock’roll country Cajun backroad with “Goin’ Back to Texas”.
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