KRCB 91.1FM presents
Charley Crockett with The Highway Poets & Whiskerman
with a special performance from the Winner of the West Coast Songwriters Cotati Chapter
Doors 7:30pm / Show 8pm
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, busking in New York City and performing across Texas and Northern California, Crockett set off to travel the world and lived on the streets of Paris for nearly a year before searching for home in Spain, Morocco, and Northern Africa. The blues artist returned home to Texas and released his debut solo album titled A Stolen Jewel in 2015, receiving critical acclaim in Dallas and ultimately landing him a Dallas Observer Music Award that year for “Best Blues Act”. A record “rich with Southern flavor, a musical gumbo of Delta blues, honky-tonk, gospel and Cajun jazz,” Jewel proved that Crockett, born into poverty in the Rio Grande, had come home to make his musical mark on the South. Crockett, who is self-described as elusive, rebellious and self-taught, has been compared to legends like Bill Withers, Merle Haggard, and Gary Clark Jr. He released his sophomore record In The Night, an admirable nod to his Texas country and Louisiana blues roots, on June 4 and ended 2016 having played over 125 shows. “In the Night” and Crockett’s song “I Am Not Afraid” received international recognition from top tastemakers after being picked by NPR Music as one of the "Top 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing” and selected by David Dye to be featured on World Cafe in late July. The Fort Worth StarTelegram called it “an impressive calling card, full of Crockett's plaintive soulfulness and swinging tempos" and Central Track noted the artist as having "the well-rounded songwriting capabilities of Van Morrison and a vocal approach that finds common ground between Bill Withers and early Dr. John." Crockett graced the cover of Buddy Magazine in May 2016, who called him “the archetype of the new American vagabond.” He has shared the stage with artists like Justin Townes Earle, Citizen Cope, Alejandro Escovedo, Joe Ely, Sean Hayes, Tab Benoit, Ace Enders, and Leon Bridges. For more information www.CharleyCrockett.com
The Highway Poets:
The Highway Poets combine the finest elements of rock, roots and soul into a captivating blend of original music. With influences from Rolling Stones to Chris Stapleton, Black Keys to Otis Redding, Highway Poets' live performance is an exciting mashup of new and classic influence. Thoughtful song crafting, soulful vocals, and fearless jammed out moments are a few key ingredients in a Poets show. While touring the country in their renovated bus “Gus” they’ve shared stages with artists like Black Crowes, Lucinda Williams, Jackie Green, ALO, Johnny Winter, Tommy Castro, Blue Oyster Cult, Blitzentrapper, California Honeydrops, and Poor Man's Whiskey as well as winning several Bay Area music awards. With a new full length album released in ’17 these guys are firing on all cylinders, be sure to check them out!