Artist Discovery: Charley Crockett
May 2018 - Artist Discovery
The club is great, but now it’s even better!
Today we are very excited to share a new feature of Magnolia Record Club that is only available to our subscribers.
For the past few months, you’ve been sharing your musical recommendations with us on Magnolia Record Community’s Facebook Page. The Magnolia Record Community Playlist is frequently updated with fresh and exciting music recommended by YOU.
We want to continue to discover and share talented up-and-coming artists with you.
Starting today, we’ll be featuring a new emerging artist each month, as our Magnolia Record Club Artist Discovery.
Throughout the month, you’ll be able to learn about the artist’s history and get to know the Artist Discovery act and their music.
This feature will be available as an “add-on” to your monthly shipment. Artist Discovery vinyl will be featured in the webstore for only $20 and will be limited each month, so be on the lookout for our monthly announcements.
And now, without further ado… our first Artist Discovery feature!
Lonesome As A Shadow
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Growing up with a single mother in San Benito, Texas, the hometown of Tejano star Freddy Fender, was not easy for blues singer Charley Crockett. Hitchhiking across the country exposed Crockett to the street life at a young age, following in the footsteps of his relative, American folk hero Davy Crockett, who also lived a wild life on the American frontier. After train hopping across the country, singing on the streets for change in New Orleans French Quarter, playing in New York City subway cars and performing across Texas, California, and everywhere in between, Crockett set off to travel the world and lived on the streets of Paris for a year before wandering in Spain, Morocco, and Northern Africa.
Now in 2018, Crockett releases Lonesome As A Shadow, an album of all original material recorded in Memphis at the legendary Sam Phillip's Recording Service with Producer/Engineer Matt Ross-Spang. Backed by his band of Blue Drifters, this album was recorded live to tape in the middle of a long year of touring. It's a musical gumbo of influences that showcases the various depths of Crockett's sound.
Charley wrote about the album "The idea of making an album in Memphis has been with me a long time so when I got a chance to record at Sam Phillips with Matt Ross-Spang I jumped on it. Memphis has a habit of getting good, soulful music out of folks time and again and Matt came up in that tradition so it was just natural from the jump. I’ve said it before but my influences stretch from Hank Williams to Bill Withers and my first couple a records were really a mix of the sounds that make up Texas & Louisiana music for me. Blues, Country, Soul, Cajun, Tejano and Zydeco. I wanted to keep all that together.
"Lonesome As A Shadow is really important for me. I’d been in the shadows and playing out on the streets for years. That kind of living gave people the impression that I was rough around the edges. Just a gentleman Hobo. I learned a million songs standing out in the street but I’ve also written a million too. This record is me laying all that out there. I’ve got more songs than years in this life to cut ‘em all so I’ve got to get busy! It’s a Texas & Louisiana record through and through but it’s a Memphis Soul record too and I really like that."