NEWSLaura OrdComment


NEWSLaura OrdComment

Yesterday, Charley Crockett released a video for his cover of Tom T. Hall’s “That’s How I Got To Memphis.” which stars James Hand, arguably the greatest living honky-tonk artist performing today. Crockett’s version of “That’s How I Got To Memphis” comes from the second of his 2018 albums, Lil G.L.’s Blue Bonanza, and the video was shot on location in Memphis with Hand while Crockett recovered from the life-saving open-heart surgery he underwent in January.

“The only reason I ever learned ‘That’s How I Got To Memphis’ is all because of James Hand,” says Crockett.  “I was up for an Ameripolitan Award a couple years back and I went down to one of Dale Watson’s showcases at Blues City on Beale Street. Well ol’ Slim got up on stage with the band and they went in to that old Tom T. Hall number. I think James Hand is the greatest living Honky-Tonker, and he had me in tears with the way he was singing those lyrics. He chokes me up every time I hear him sing. Well I ran back to Graceland where we were staying and sat up all night till I had that song down. Started doing it my very next show. I didn’t end up getting an award necessarily, but I felt I’d gotten even more out of being in Memphis then recognition. ‘That’s How I Got To Memphis’ is the most popular song off my Blue Bonanza record and probably has more to do with me breaking into the Billboard charts than any other song I’ve cut, and it just wouldn’t have happened without James getting to me like he did that night on Beale. Well if that don’t tell you how great James Hand is, I don’t know what does. You should hear the man’s originals too.”

Crockett kicked off his 2019 tour, his first since the open-heart surgery in January, with back-to-back sold out shows at the Kessler Theater in Dallas, TX. The new dates announced yesterday include shows in Brooklyn, NY, Washington, DC, Chicago, IL and Nashville, TN, as well as September shows in Spain. Crockett will also play Stagecoach, Newport Folk, Red Wing Roots and Braun Brothers Reunion festivals, head to Europe in August, and make his Grand Ole Opry debut on June 25th.

Crockett had been living with a hernia for seven years before the pain (and the funds to finally afford health insurance) led him to a doctor late last year to get surgery. As part of the hernia surgery prep, the 34-year-old Crockett visited a cardiologist who discovered that Crockett had been born without one of his three heart valves. Had he not discovered it, the doctor said Crockett would have suffered major heart failure in the next 12-24 months. Hear Crockett talk about his experience in a video made in partnership with the American Heart Association here. The Dallas Observer spoke to Crockett after his surgery, and you can read the powerful feature here.

Crockett recently had to cancel his upcoming Australian tour dates on doctor’s orders. The long flight, and subsequent flights to each show during the Australian tour, was too much for Crockett to undertake so soon after surgery.

April 18 —Oklahoma City, OK—Tower Theatre
April 19—Lawrence, KS—Granada Theater
April 20—Denver, CO—Globe Hall
April 22—Hailey, ID—The Mint
April 23—Bozeman, MT—Live from the Divide
April 24—Seattle, WA—Tractor Tavern
April 25—Portland, OR—Polaris Hall
April 26—Novato, CA—HopMonk Tavern Novato
April 27—Indio, CA—Stagecoach Festival
April 28—Los Angeles, CA—The Echo
May 3—Austin, TX—Moody Theater
May 4—New Braunfels, TX—Gruene Hall
May 17—McKinney, TX—Hank’s
May 18—Ft Worth, TX—The Ridglea Theater
June 4—Rockford, IL—Anderson Japanese Gardens
June 5—Chicago, IL—Joe’s Bar
June 6—Wisconsin Dells, WI—Showboat Saloon
June 7—Madison, IN—River Roots Festival
June 8—Indianapolis, IN—The Hi-FI
June 13—Denton, TX—Dan’s Silver Leaf
June 14 —Waco, TX—Brazos Nights Concert Series
June 15—Houston, TX—Vinyl Ranch Series at Goodnight Charlie’s
June 20—Columbus, OH—Rumba Café
June 22—Lexington, VA—Lime Kiln Theater
June 25—Nashville, TN—Grand Ole Opry
June 26—Nashville, TN—The Basement East
June 29—Tulsa, OK—Cain’s Ballroom
July 3—Lubbock, TX—4th on Broadway Street Dance
July 6—Eden, TX—Green Apple Art Center
July 12—Mount Solon, VA—Red Wing Roots Music Festival
July 16—Raleigh, NC—Lincoln Theatre
July 17—Isle of Palms, SC—The Windjammer
July 18—Asheville, NC—The Grey Eagle
July 19—Somerset, KY—Master Musicians Festival
July 23—Washington, DC—City Winery
July 24—Brooklyn, NY—Brooklyn Bowl
July 25—White Plains, NY—City Center Summer Concert Series
July 26 + 27—Newport, RI—Newport Folk Festival
August 7—Ft. Collins, CO—Aggie Theatre
August 10—Challis, ID—Braun Brothers Reunion
August 16—Kristianstad, SWE—Kulturkvarteret
August 17—Oslo, NO—John Dee
August 18—Stockholm, SWE—Bar Brooklyn  
August 19—Göteborg, SWE—Pustervik
August 22-25—Tønder, DK—Tønder Festival
August 26—Hamburg, DE—Nochtwache
August 27—Krefeld, DE—Kulturrampe
August 28—Eindhoven, NL—Dim Star / Rozenknop
August 29—Amsterdam, NL—Paradiso Noord
August 30—Bottelare, BE—Het Ketske
September 1—London, UK—The Borderline
September 2—Brighton, UK—The Prince Albert
September 4—Manchester, UK—Night and Day Café
September 5—Glasgow, UK—Broadcast
September 6—Newcastle, UK—The Cluny
September 7—Lutterworth, UK—Long Road Festival
September 11—Bilbao, ESP—Kafe Antzokia - Kutxa Beltza
September 12—Madrid, ESP—El Sol
September 14—Barcelona, ESP—Rocksound
September 15—Zaragoza, ESP—Rock & Blues Café

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