Charley Crockett previews new album "The Valley" and embarks on European tour11-08-2019
Globe-trotting troubadour, Davy Crockett descendant and prolific recording artist 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 this 15-song LP and 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.
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.
Besides preparing for the release of The Valley Charley Crockett is also gearing up for a full European tour starting in the midst of this month and taking him from Sweden to France and from Belgium to Denmark. Find all dates here:
15/08: Malmö, SWE - Malmöfestivalen
16/08: Kristianstad, SWE - Kulturkvarteret
17/08: Oslo, NO - John Dee
18/08: Stockholm, SWE - Bar Brooklyn
19/08: Göteborg, SWE - Pustervik/Matsalen
21/08: Groningen, NL - Noorderzon
22/08: Tønder, DK - Tønder Festival
23/08: Tønder, DK - Tønder Festival
24/08: Tønder, DK - Tønder Festival
25/08: Tønder, DK - Tønder Festival
26/08: Hamburg, DE - Nochtwache
27/08: Krefeld, DE - Kulturrampe
28/08: Eindhoven , NL - De Rozenknop
29/08: Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso Noord, Tuinzaal
30/08: Bottelare, BE - Het Ketske
09/09: Paris, FR - La Boule Noire