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The Man from Waco

Charley Crockett

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This is Charley Crockett's eleventh album in the past seven years, including two in 2021 and this, his second for 2022 following a collection of covers. Still, a few new things stand out: He's taken to the studio with his touring band The Blue Drifters and no other musicians, and switched from longtime producer Billy Horton to his manager, Texas legend Bruce Robison. (The album was recorded at Robison's studio The Bunker near Austin.) It's not too polished, nor does it need to be, as Robison largely kept the first takes and added only a few overdubs. Lyrically, there is a theme of Crockett—an outsider in Top 40 country and modern Americana—seeming weary of the act. "I'm Just a Clown," a melding of countrypolitan flash and horn-heavy funkiness that's similar to the swaggering style he played with on 2021's Music City USA, is a dramatic backdrop for his resigned feelings: "The joker stands in the middle/ And turns a trick for you/ Because sometimes you know it's better." "Cowboy Candy"—spare and stark, with Crockett's East Texas accent and yipping hiccup bared against an acoustic blues riff—finds him putting on the clown costume again: "I've got my clean shirts starched up all brand new/ I'm about to do-si-do because my bills are all due/ Cowboy Candy ..." But Crockett, even with his highly stylized fashion cowboy look, sounds perfectly authentic on "Just LIke Honey," real honky-tonk blessed with a good deep bass stomp and gliding steel. The Blue Drifters particularly deliver on the jazzy "Trinity River" (clock the horn and sassy piano) and "Odessa," where the organ pours out like liquid. And "Tom Turkey" is a treat: A loose-limbed interpolation of a rarely heard Bob Dylan track (from the Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid outtakes), it could be a jammy Band track complete with deep-fried Southern blues-rock guitar. "Time of the Cottonwood Trees," meanwhile, traffics in a satisfying, Glen Campbell melancholic feel. The record closes out with "Name on a Billboard," as bright as Johnny Cash at his jauntiest, as Crockett comes back to that slightly cynical grappling-with-success thing: "I'm going to LA/ Think I'll drive around/ Ain't got much to lose/ Not even my pride/ Think I'll buy some things/ I can't afford/ Hey look, my name's on a billboard."  © Shelly Ridenour/Qobuz

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The Man from Waco

Charley Crockett

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1
The Man from Waco Theme
00:00:58

Jim Wilson, MasteringEngineer - Bruce Robison, Producer - Charley Crockett, Composer, MainArtist - Kullen Fuchs, Composer - These Are Pulse Songs/American Songs Beta/The San Benito Kid Publishing (Concord), MusicPublisher - El Saddle Music, MusicPublisher

(C) 2022 Son of Davy marketed and distributed by Thirty Tigers (P) 2022 Son of Davy marketed and distributed by Thirty Tigers

2
Cowboy Candy
00:03:19

Jim Wilson, MasteringEngineer - Bruce Robison, Producer - Charley Crockett, Composer, MainArtist - These Are Pulse Songs/American Songs Beta/The San Benito Kid Publishing (Concord), MusicPublisher

(C) 2022 Son of Davy marketed and distributed by Thirty Tigers (P) 2022 Son of Davy marketed and distributed by Thirty Tigers

3
Time of the Cottonwood Trees
00:02:53

Jim Wilson, MasteringEngineer - Bruce Robison, Producer - Charley Crockett, Composer, MainArtist - These Are Pulse Songs/American Songs Beta/The San Benito Kid Publishing (Concord), MusicPublisher

(C) 2022 Son of Davy marketed and distributed by Thirty Tigers (P) 2022 Son of Davy marketed and distributed by Thirty Tigers

4
Just Like Honey
00:02:55

Jim Wilson, MasteringEngineer - Bruce Robison, Producer - Charley Crockett, Composer, MainArtist - Kullen Fuchs, Composer - These Are Pulse Songs/American Songs Beta/The San Benito Kid Publishing (Concord), MusicPublisher - El Saddle Music, MusicPublisher

(C) 2022 Son of Davy marketed and distributed by Thirty Tigers (P) 2022 Son of Davy marketed and distributed by Thirty Tigers

5
I'm Just a Clown
00:04:13

Jim Wilson, MasteringEngineer - Bruce Robison, Producer - Charley Crockett, Composer, MainArtist - These Are Pulse Songs/American Songs Beta/The San Benito Kid Publishing (Concord), MusicPublisher

(C) 2022 Son of Davy marketed and distributed by Thirty Tigers (P) 2022 Son of Davy marketed and distributed by Thirty Tigers

6
Black Sedan
00:03:24

Jim Wilson, MasteringEngineer - Bruce Robison, Producer - Charley Crockett, Composer, MainArtist - Kullen Fuchs, Composer - These Are Pulse Songs/American Songs Beta/The San Benito Kid Publishing (Concord), MusicPublisher - El Saddle Music, MusicPublisher

(C) 2022 Son of Davy marketed and distributed by Thirty Tigers (P) 2022 Son of Davy marketed and distributed by Thirty Tigers

7
The Man from Waco
00:03:45

Jim Wilson, MasteringEngineer - Bruce Robison, Composer, Producer - Charley Crockett, Composer, MainArtist - Kullen Fuchs, Composer - Taylor Grace, Composer - These Are Pulse Songs/American Songs Beta/The San Benito Kid Publishing (Concord), MusicPublisher - El Saddle Music, MusicPublisher

(C) 2022 Son of Davy marketed and distributed by Thirty Tigers (P) 2022 Son of Davy marketed and distributed by Thirty Tigers

8
Trinity River
00:04:29

Jim Wilson, MasteringEngineer - Bruce Robison, Producer - Charley Crockett, Composer, MainArtist - These Are Pulse Songs/American Songs Beta/The San Benito Kid Publishing (Concord), MusicPublisher

(C) 2022 Son of Davy marketed and distributed by Thirty Tigers (P) 2022 Son of Davy marketed and distributed by Thirty Tigers

9
Tom Turkey
00:03:32

Jim Wilson, MasteringEngineer - Bob Dylan, Composer - Bruce Robison, Producer - Universal Tunes, MusicPublisher - Charley Crockett, Composer, MainArtist - These Are Pulse Songs/American Songs Beta/The San Benito Kid Publishing (Concord), MusicPublisher

(C) 2022 Son of Davy marketed and distributed by Thirty Tigers (P) 2022 Son of Davy marketed and distributed by Thirty Tigers

10
Odessa
00:03:03

Jim Wilson, MasteringEngineer - Bruce Robison, Producer - Charley Crockett, Composer, MainArtist - Nathan Fleming, Composer - These Are Pulse Songs/American Songs Beta/The San Benito Kid Publishing (Concord), MusicPublisher

(C) 2022 Son of Davy marketed and distributed by Thirty Tigers (P) 2022 Son of Davy marketed and distributed by Thirty Tigers

11
All the Way from Atlanta
00:03:25

Jim Wilson, MasteringEngineer - Bruce Robison, Producer - Charley Crockett, Composer, MainArtist - These Are Pulse Songs/American Songs Beta/The San Benito Kid Publishing (Concord), MusicPublisher

(C) 2022 Son of Davy marketed and distributed by Thirty Tigers (P) 2022 Son of Davy marketed and distributed by Thirty Tigers

12
Horse Thief Mesa
00:02:21

Jim Wilson, MasteringEngineer - Bruce Robison, Producer - Charley Crockett, Composer, MainArtist - These Are Pulse Songs/American Songs Beta/The San Benito Kid Publishing (Concord), MusicPublisher

(C) 2022 Son of Davy marketed and distributed by Thirty Tigers (P) 2022 Son of Davy marketed and distributed by Thirty Tigers

13
July Jackson
00:03:01

Jim Wilson, MasteringEngineer - Bruce Robison, Producer - Charley Crockett, Composer, MainArtist - Taylor Grace, Composer - These Are Pulse Songs/American Songs Beta/The San Benito Kid Publishing (Concord), MusicPublisher

(C) 2022 Son of Davy marketed and distributed by Thirty Tigers (P) 2022 Son of Davy marketed and distributed by Thirty Tigers

14
The Man From Waco Finale
00:00:32

Jim Wilson, MasteringEngineer - Bruce Robison, Producer - Charley Crockett, Composer, MainArtist - Kullen Fuchs, Composer - These Are Pulse Songs/American Songs Beta/The San Benito Kid Publishing (Concord), MusicPublisher - El Saddle Music, MusicPublisher

(C) 2022 Son of Davy marketed and distributed by Thirty Tigers (P) 2022 Son of Davy marketed and distributed by Thirty Tigers

15
Name on a Billboard
00:02:59

Jim Wilson, MasteringEngineer - Bruce Robison, Producer - Charley Crockett, Composer, MainArtist - These Are Pulse Songs/American Songs Beta/The San Benito Kid Publishing (Concord), MusicPublisher

(C) 2022 Son of Davy marketed and distributed by Thirty Tigers (P) 2022 Son of Davy marketed and distributed by Thirty Tigers

Album Description

This is Charley Crockett's eleventh album in the past seven years, including two in 2021 and this, his second for 2022 following a collection of covers. Still, a few new things stand out: He's taken to the studio with his touring band The Blue Drifters and no other musicians, and switched from longtime producer Billy Horton to his manager, Texas legend Bruce Robison. (The album was recorded at Robison's studio The Bunker near Austin.) It's not too polished, nor does it need to be, as Robison largely kept the first takes and added only a few overdubs. Lyrically, there is a theme of Crockett—an outsider in Top 40 country and modern Americana—seeming weary of the act. "I'm Just a Clown," a melding of countrypolitan flash and horn-heavy funkiness that's similar to the swaggering style he played with on 2021's Music City USA, is a dramatic backdrop for his resigned feelings: "The joker stands in the middle/ And turns a trick for you/ Because sometimes you know it's better." "Cowboy Candy"—spare and stark, with Crockett's East Texas accent and yipping hiccup bared against an acoustic blues riff—finds him putting on the clown costume again: "I've got my clean shirts starched up all brand new/ I'm about to do-si-do because my bills are all due/ Cowboy Candy ..." But Crockett, even with his highly stylized fashion cowboy look, sounds perfectly authentic on "Just LIke Honey," real honky-tonk blessed with a good deep bass stomp and gliding steel. The Blue Drifters particularly deliver on the jazzy "Trinity River" (clock the horn and sassy piano) and "Odessa," where the organ pours out like liquid. And "Tom Turkey" is a treat: A loose-limbed interpolation of a rarely heard Bob Dylan track (from the Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid outtakes), it could be a jammy Band track complete with deep-fried Southern blues-rock guitar. "Time of the Cottonwood Trees," meanwhile, traffics in a satisfying, Glen Campbell melancholic feel. The record closes out with "Name on a Billboard," as bright as Johnny Cash at his jauntiest, as Crockett comes back to that slightly cynical grappling-with-success thing: "I'm going to LA/ Think I'll drive around/ Ain't got much to lose/ Not even my pride/ Think I'll buy some things/ I can't afford/ Hey look, my name's on a billboard."  © Shelly Ridenour/Qobuz

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