New Music: Charley Crockett “In the Night”

So, the record came out a few weeks back, and this single has been out for a bit now, but Charley seems to be underexposed on the global scene, so I thought I’d put this one out there for the world to wrap their ears around what we in the Metroplex have already found, the genre-bending greatness that is Charley Crockett. Cajun, Blues, Soul, Honky-Tonk and Gospel all rolled into one man.

You can check out our Better Know an Artist interview with Charley here.

Enjoy “In the Night” below.


Top Records for February 2016

Alright, after a really weak start to the month of February, this week’s releases finally evened out the list a little bit. I listened to a lot of stuff this month, trying to find something to get way up there, so some decent ones that might have made other months lists won’t make this one. Also, new records from Lucinda Williams and the 1975 are not available on Spotify, and thus I haven’t heard them yet. They may get added in later. With no further ado, here are my top albums of February 2016.

1 Bonnie Raitt “Dig in Deep” 8.3
2 James Hunter Six “Hold On!” 8.2
3 School of Seven Bells “SVIIB” 8.1
4 Quilt “Plaza” 8.1
5 Mothers “When You Walk a Long Distance You Are Tired” 8.0
6 Steve Mason “Meet the Humans” 8.0
7 Elliott Smith “Heaven Adores You (Soundtrack)” 8.0
8 King “We Are King” 8.0
9 Basia Bulat “Good Advice” 7.8
10 Beacon “Escapements” 7.8
11 Mavis Staples “Livin’ On A High Note” 7.8
12 Field Music “Commontime” 7.8
13 Keegan McInroe “Uncouth Pilgrims” 7.8
14 Emma Pollock “In Search of Harperfield” 7.8
15 Waco Brothers “Going Down in History” 7.8
16 BJ the Chicago Kid “In My Mind” 7.8
17 Andrew Weatherall “Convenanza” 7.8
18 Wild Nothing “Life of Pause” 7.7
19 Mount Moriah “How to Dance” 7.7
20 Luke McGlathery “Life Ain’t Hard” 7.7


Better Know an Artist (Vol 4): Charley Crockett

Charley Crockett just might be my answer to the question I always ask about favorite local acts people should be looking out for. The guy’s got an awesome throwback sound, blending all sorts of influences from his home states of Texas and Louisiana, you got country, blues, soul, cajun, gospel, a little of everything here. Add to that a cool fashion vibe, a great passion for music history and noteworthy bloodline (descendent of Davy), and you get a pretty cool cat. Anyways, Charley sat down and knocked out some answers to all my questions, and here’s what went down.

Me: For starters, tell us a little about yourself. How did you first get into music? And when did you know this is what you want to do for a living (money be damned)?

CC: I was always singing blues and gospel with my mother when I was a kid. I picked up guitar on the street in New Orleans when I was about 17 and started hitch hiking and hopping trains around the country. Didn’t think much about making music for a living at first. I just wanted to play all the time and that hasn’t changed.

Me: How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t heard it before?

CC: You could call my music Cajun, Soul, Blues, Gospel, Country, Folk, Swing, R&B, etc, but I like to think of it as Texas and Louisiana music so I don’t have to name so many genres.

Me: Who are some of your biggest musical influences, and why?

CC: It’s difficult for me to nail down my influences to just a couple. I’ve been deeply affected by so many. T-Bone Walker, Fats Domino, Magic Sam, Elmore James, Billie Holiday, Bill Withers, Hank Sr., Loretta Lynn, the Carter Family, Chuck Berry, Etta James, Clifton Chenier, Johnny Cash, Gram Parsons, Lightnin’ Hopkins, prison work songs, and early spirituals just to name a few. I could go on and on.

Me: Which of your songs means the most ot you, and if you don’t mind me asking, why?

CC: I wrote a song called Trinity River on my last record. I feel like the song wrote itself. I was sitting on a bridge over the river and it just came to me all of a sudden. It’s a tribue to the forgotten heritage of this area.

Me: If you could open for any act, dead or alive, who would it be, and why?

CC: Magic Sam!!! No one had his energy. He could sing and play guitar like no one else I’ve ever heard.

Me: Any favorite new musical acts, local or otherwise?

CC: Brennen Leigh down in Austin. She’s my favorite current country/old time artist and man can she pick that guitar! Tomar and the FCs are an amazing old school soul act I just saw for the first time down in Austin at the White Horse Saloon.

Me: What’s your “stranded on an island” record?

CC: Sonny Boy Williamson II the Chess Years Box Set

Me: Moving onto the home front, what are your favorite (and least favorite) things about the DFW music scene?

CC: I like how small the scene is. Towns like New York City, Nashville and Austin can be overwhelming, but Dallas/Fort Worth still has a small town feel as far as the music scene goes. So much talent, even if no one’s there to listen. I love everything about Fort Worth. My least favorite thing about Dallas is the lack of pride in Deep Ellum’s early black music heritage.

Me: Favorite DFW venue to play (or see a show). Why?

CC: It’s a tie for me. The Kessler Theater in Oak Cliff and the Freeman in Deep Ellum. Both venues have magical energy and are doing so much to support the local music community.

Me: Any favorite local acts people should be looking out for?

CC: Vincent Neil Emerson and Kirk Thurmond are two of my favorite local song writers. Pay attention to Alexis Sanchez. He’s a truly gifted guitar player. My favorite local band right now is the Terence Bradfrod Quartet. Mike Morgan is a real deal old school Blues man.

Me: And for shits and giggle, what’s a fun fact that most people don’t know about you?

CC: I had such a bad stutter I could hardly speak until I was 10.

Much love to the man, Charley Crockett. He’s such a passionate soul with deep respect for the rich history of music’s past. Keep an eye out for him. There are big things ahead. You can catch Charley at the Kessler on Sat, Nov 28, opening for Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat. Check out his latest release A Stolen Jewel below and keep an eye out for his new record In the Night, which should be out by the end of the year.

Photo credit: Daniel Driensky @dd_danieldriensky

Top Shows Coming to Town for 6/26/15-7/2/15

This is a pretty slow week of shows. I went with the national act over the Texas act for #1, but that was pretty much the only reason. 2 of my favorite bandleaders. #2 is free, though.

1 Heartless Bastards @ Trees (Deep Ellum) Thurs 7/2/15

One of rock music’s most dynamic female vocalists, Erika Wennerstrom, heads up this indie powerhouse.

2 Black Joe Lewis @ Bar Louie (Fort Worth) Fri 6/26/15

One of the artists I’ve seen the most in my lifetime. One of my favorite Texas-based artists. This is a free show in a series curated by Good Records.

3 Kings of the Mic @ Gexa Energy Pavilion (Dallas) Fri 6/26/15

If you like old school Hip Hop, this is pretty tight. LL Cool J, Bone Thugs and Harmony, Big Daddy Kane, Doug E Fresh, Sugarhill Gang, Furious Five and DJ Jazzy Jeff are among the featured performers.

4 Blonde Redhead @ Trees (Deep Ellum) Weds 7/1/15

Trees heard that I have a tendency to get Blonde Redhead and Heartless Bastards mixed up, and decided to book them back to back. They’re not especially similar, but they were both discoveries at my first ACL with females involved, so, whatever.

5 Larry (g)EE @ Levitt Pavilion (Arlington) Fri 6/26/15

I’m probably going to try to make it out to this freebie. 2 freebies in the top 5 (this one’s more family friendly). Larry is a local neo-soul artist who’s really, really good. Come on out with us.

6 the Appleseed Cast @ Dan’s Silverleaf (Denton) Fri 6/26/15

It seems like there’s been a lot of acts coming through lately that I got into when I first started listening to indie rock. This is one of those acts.

7 Vans Warped Tour @ Gexa Energy Pavilion (Dallas) Sat 6/27/15

They seem to have finally decided not to have Warped Tour in Texas in late July/early August. Um, I’m familiar with maybe, 5 or 6 groups in this lineup, but I know it’s a big deal for those that go, b/c I used to be one of them. Have fun and stay hydrated.

8 Michael McDonald @ Celebration Park (Allen) Sat 6/27/15

This just makes me think of 40 year old virgin. Hah.

9 Little Hurricane @ House of Blues (Dallas) Tues 6/30/15

This San Diego group is yet another ACL discovery for me.

10 Qbert and Kool Keith @ Trees (Deep Ellum) Sat 6/27/15

I guess you can just have yourself a classic hip hop kinda weekend.

Also in town this week: 6/26 Guy Forsyth @ Live Oak Music Hall, the Great Divide and Cooder Graw @ Billy Bob’s, Johnnyswim @ House of Blues, Sage Francis @ Dada; 6/27 Doug Burr @ Dada, Mingo Fishtrap @ Gas Monkey; 6/28 Lenka @ House of Blues, Glenn Miller Orchestra @ Levitt Pavilion; 6/30 mewithoutyou @ Dada, A.A. Bondy @ Three Links, the Picturebooks @ the Prophet Bar; 7/2 Statesboro Revue @ Levitt Pavilion

Anyways, that’s all for this week, so……

Get out there and see some shows!

How I Would Plan It: Glastonbury Festivals 2015

Ahhh, the big one. Don’t quote me on this, but I’m pretty sure Glastonbury is the largest Music Festival in the world. It doesn’t have an easy to view schedule on the web, so I was like, eh, I’ll print it out so I can see it as a whole a little easier. Uh, wrong, it’s 44 pages long. You need a program for this thing. Have no fear though. With this schedule, and some really good jogging shoes, you’ll catch a little of everything. I’m not go into details on artists here. It’s mostly split sets, so there’s so many acts here. I guess I’ll go ahead and highlight the ones I wouldn’t want to miss. Sorry, I didn’t get one up for Firefly last week. I had it typed up and ready to go, just never got around to putting it into a post. Anyways, lace up, you’re gonna be busy.

Glastonbury Festivals 2015
Friday, Jun 26
11:00-11:30 Rhodes (Park Stage)
11:30-12:00 Cambodian Space Project (West Holts)
12:00-12:30 Chronixx (Pyramid Stage)
12:30-1:00 the Cribs (Other Stage)
1:00-2:00 James Bay (Pyramid Stage)
2:00-2:40 Leon Bridges (John Peel Stage)
2:40-3:30 Alabama Shakes (Pyramid Stage)
3:30-4:00 Catfish and the Bottlemen (Other Stage)
4:00-4:30 Chet Faker (John Peel Stage)
4:30-5:00 Mary J Blige (Pyramid Stage)
5:00-5:30 Wolf Alice (the Park Stage)
5:30-6:00 JD McPherson (Acoustic Stage)
6:00-6:30 Motorhead (Pyramid Stage)
6:30-7:00 Benjamin Booker (the Park Stage)
7:00-7:45 Run the Jewels (West Holts)
7:45-8:25 Florence and the Machine (Pyramid Stage)
8:30-9:00 Django Django (William’s Green)
9:00-9:30 Mark Ronson (Other Stage)
9:30-10:15 Jamie XX (the Park Stage)
10:15-11:45 Foo Fighters (Pyramid Stage)
11:45-12:15 Super Furry Animals (the Park Stage)

Saturday, Jun 27
11:00-11:45 Flo Morrissey (the Park Stage)
11:45-12:10 Nadine Shah (William’s Green)
12:10-1:00 Courtney Barnett (Pyramid Stage)
1:00-1:30 Ibeyi (the Park Stage)
1:30-2:15 Izzy Bizu (La Pussy Parlure)
2:45-3:15 Young Fathers (Other Stage)
3:15-4:00 George Ezra (Pyramid Stage)
4:05-4:35 Ella Eyre (Other Stage)
4:35-5:00 Tuff Love (BBC Introducing)
5:00-5:45 Years and Years (John Peel Stage)
5:45-6:05 Clean Bandit (Other Stage)
6:05-6:30 Will Joseph Cook (BBC Introducing)
6:30-7:30 Father John Misty (the Park Stage)
7:35-8:05 Death From Above 1979 (John Peel Stage)
8:05-8:40 Mavis Staples (the Park Stage)
8:40-9:15 Pharrell Williams (Pyramid Stage)
9:15-9:45 Ben Howard (Other Stage)
9:45-10:45 George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic (West Holts)
10:45-11:45 Kanye West (Pyramid Stage)
11:45-12:15 Jon Hopkins (the Park Stage)
12:15-2:30 Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck (Pilton Palais Cinema)
1:30-3:00 Fatboy Slim (the Blues)
3:00-4:30 Four Tet (Genosys)

Sunday, Jun 28
11:00-11:40 Rival Sons (Other Stage)

12:00-12:40 Soak (Other Stage)
12:40-1:10 Mini Mansions (John Peel Stage)
1:10-1:45 Hozier (Pyramid Stage)
1:45-2:15 Saint Raymond (John Peel Stage)
2:15-3:15 Patti Smith (Pyramid Stage)
3:45-4:20 Alvvays (John Peel Stage)
4:20-5:15 Lionel Richie (Pyramid Stage)
5:15-5:45 Future Islands (Other Stage)
5:45-6:45 Alt-J (Pyramid Stage)

6:45-7:30 Belle & Sebastian (Other Stage)
7:30-8:00 Lianne La Havas (John Peel Stage)
8:00-8:30 Paul Weller (Pyramid Stage)
8:30-9:00 FKA Twigs (West Holt)
9:00-9:45 Buzzcocks (Left Field)
9:45-11:15 the Who (Pyramid Stage)
11:15-11:45 Ryan Adams (the Park Stage)
Hope this helps.

Anyways, if you’re going, have a good one.

Top Shows Coming to Town for 6/19/15-6/25/15

Going off of Pollstar screwed me over again, and I missed Leon’s Barefoot at the Belmont (then I guess I blocked it out, cause I was mad I couldn’t get tickets. Oh well, looks like it’s gonna rain there anyway) last week, so I’ve hopped up my attempt to roll my concert calendar into my spreadsheet, so I won’t miss as much. Still mostly going off of Pollstar this week, but maybe I can get everything loaded by the time next week rolls around.

1 Leon Bridges @ Scat Jazz Lounge (Fort Worth) Sat 6/20/15

The kid’s blowing up. Playing 2 shows Saturday at the intimate jazz lounge, to celebrate the release of his debut record. Tickets have been selling on the secondary market for upwards of $200. Don’t worry, you’ll get another chance soon. He’ll be at the Majestic in November (might want to get on that though).

2 Brian Wilson w/ Rodriguez @ Verizon Theatre (Grand Prairie) Weds 6/24/15

Probably shouldn’t have the young upstart ahead of one of the greatest songwriters of all time, but Leon’s is a much hotter ticket, so I’m going with that.

3 Avett Brothers w/ Old Crow Medicine Show @ Verizon Theatre (Grand Prairie) Thurs 6/25/15

Seems like these guys are here every month. They’re definitely in town quite often for a band that’s not from Texas.

4 Best Coast w/ Bully @ Granada Theater (Lower Greenville) Weds 6/24/15

Still a little surprised I haven’t seen them yet. Bethany Cosentino makes some of the best beach inspired rock going right now. Maybe not quite on the level of #2 up there, but it’s still solid.

5 Dawes @ Strauss Square (Dallas) Weds 6/24/15

A nice little indie group that craft some lovely songs.

6 Darius Rucker @ Gexa Energy Pavilion (Dallas) Fri 6/19/15

Darius “Don’t Call Me Hootie” Rucker does his country thing on Friday. No Blowfish necessary.

7 White Snake @ Verizon Theatre (Grand Prairie) Mon 6/22/15

HERE I GO AGAIN ON MY OWN!!!! Oh, sorry, got distracted. 3 of the top 7 shows this week are on a week day at Verizon.

8 Jodeci w/ Tony! Toni! Tone! @ Verizon Theatre (Grand Prairie) Sun 6/21/15

And they’ve got some throw back R&B on Sunday after brunch. Tony! Toni! Tone! opens.

9 Jefferson Starship @ Gas Monkey (Dallas) Thurs 6/25/15

No Grace Slick = meh

10 Charlie Mars @ Live Oak Music Hall (Fort Worth) Sat 6/20/15

SMU Grad, singer/songwriter Charlie Mars heads to Funkytown this weekend.

Also in town this week: 6/19 Yelawolf @ Bomb Factory, Quiet Company @ Nasher Sculpture Center, Josh Abbott Band @ Lone Star Park, Hudson Moore @ Levitt Pavilion, Mark Chesnutt @ Billy Bob’s, the Dan Band @ House of Blues, Heartbyrne @ Granada Theater; 6/20 Delta Rae @ the Kessler Theater, Grupo Fantasma @ Dada, Kevin Fowler @ Billy Bob’s, Black Violin @ Levitt Pavilion; 6/21 Gedeon Luke @ Levitt Pavilion; 6/24 Say Anything @ Gas Monkey; 6/25 Kathy Griffin @ Majestic Theatre, Royal Southern Brotherhood @ Levitt Pavilion

Anyways, that’s all for this week, so……

Get out there and see some shows!

Top Shows Coming to Town for 6/12/15-6/18/15

A big one for you Southern rock folks, and I might finally make it out to the Levitt this season.

1 Lynyrd Skynyrd w/ Blue Oyster Cult @ Verizon Theatre (Grand Prairie) Fri 6/12/15

2 classic rock legends throwing it down in this comfy little venue.

2 Steve Earle @ Billy Bob’s (Fort Worth) Fri 6/12/15

Legendary Texas singer-songwriter takes you down to Copperhead Road.

3 Allen Stone @ Granada Theater (Lower Greenville) Sun 6/14/15

Emerging blue-eyed soul revivalist lights up the stage at Granada.

4 D’Angelo @ the Bomb Factory (Deep Ellum) Tues 6/16/15

R&B heartthrob D’Angelo returned after a long hiatus with one of last year’s most celebrated albums.

5 Ben Folds @ House of Blues (Dallas) Thurs 6/18/15

One of my favorite college/indie songwriters from my growing up years. Last time I saw him, he didn’t play “Brick”. WHAT?!?!?!?!

6 Neon Trees @ Granada Theater (Lower Greenville) Thurs 6/18/15

The show everybody will be talking about? *groans*

7 Jack FM Throwback Festival @ Gexa Energy Pavilion (Dallas) Sat 6/13/15

3 stages full of cover bands. If you haven’t got your tickets yet, don’t worry, someone will be giving them away.

8 Reverend Horton Heat @ House of Blues (Dallas) Sat 6/13/15

Dallas’s own, the “Godfather of Modern Rockabilly” always puts on a fun show.

9 Marcus Miller @ Granada Theater (Lower Greenville) Sat 6/13/15

One of the all-time greatest jazz bass players, Miller has played with Miles and countless others, and had a quite successful career as a group leader.

10 Sarah Jaffe @ Levitt Pavilion (Arlington) Fri 6/12/15

Now that it’s finally gotten dry, I may make my first visit to the Levitt this season for this one. One of my favorite D/FW singer/songwriters.

Also in town this week: 6/12 Jon Bellion @ Trees, Cory Morrow @ Granada Theater, Cody Jinks w/ the Damn Quails, Quaker City Night Hawks @ House of Blues; 6/13 the Kinfolk’s Soul Food Festival ft Salt N Pepa @ Lynn Creek Park (Grand Prairie), Rich Robinson @ Levitt Pavilion, Kelly Willis @ Billy Bob’s, Uncle Lucius @ the Kessler Theater; 6/14 Geto Boys @ House of Blues, Jones Family Singers @ Levitt Pavilion; 6/15 William Fitzsimmons @ Kessler Theater, the Weepies w/ Carsie Blanton @ Granada Theater; 6/16 French Horn Rebellion @ House of Blues; 6/17 Great Lake Swimmers @ Club Dada; 6/18 Aaron Lewis @ Rockin Rodeo (Denton), King Sunny Ade & His African Beats @ Strauss Square

Anyways, that’s all for this week, so……

Get out there and see some shows!