Charley Crockett, A $10 Cowboy And Australia 2024

New Album Australian Tour Charley Crockett

Charley Crockett – Photo Ryan Vestil

Charley Crockett

New Album ‘$10 Note’ Out 26 April 2024

Live Dates Including Australia Tour

Charley Crockett did not intend to make a themed record with his upcoming album $10 Cowboy, out April 26, 2024 via Son of Davy/Thirty Tigers. He had released a concept album in 2022, the sparkling The Man From Waco, propelling Crockett to new heights and establishing him as one of the leaders of a sparkling revival of traditional country and folk music.

For the follow up album, Crockett wrote freely, over a two-month period, as he wound his way across the United States on the back of a tour bus. The resulting songs – raw, personal, vivid portraits of a country in transition – ended up being connected after all.

“This material is written at truck stops, it’s written at casinos, it’s written in the alleys behind the venues, it’s written in my truck parked up on South Congress in Austin. A ramblin’ man like me, a genuine transient, is in a pretty damn good position to have something to say about America.”

Charley Crockett

The album begins with Crockett and his ace band the Blue Difters on the title track, a personal song that also offers a provocative idea about America (clip below). “A $10 Cowboy is a country singer who made himself on a street corner in America,” Crockett says. “But the cowboy way, the cowboy mindset, that applies to anyone who doesn’t feel free, who feels fenced in and bound to something.

“Being out on the road gives you a first-hand experience of how different kinds of Americans see themselves as going through some kind of great struggle. The roughneck working the oil and gas fields in West Texas. The single mother raising kids by herself. The young man working a street corner because he thinks it’s his only option. I would be dishonest if I said I couldn’t see the thread. Each of ‘em feel invisible. I am struck by the battles they are fighting internally, and the ways they have been entrapped by what America says they are.”

Charley Crockett

$10 Cowboy was recorded at Arlyn Studios in Austin, Texas, produced by Crockett and his long-time collaborator Billy Horton. It was recorded live to tape, with anywhere from six to twelve musicians on each track, giving the songs the feel of a live performance. It’s a sound Crockett has been after for years. “The reason I cut it on tape is, when you get the right folks in the room, great players rise to the occasion. When that red light is on and the tape is rolling, you get the magic of a performance.”

Collaborators on the new record include regular bandmates Kullen Fox, Nathan Fleming and Mario Valdez, joined by some of the genre’s most talented players – Rich Brotherton, Kevin Smith, Dave LeRoy Biller, Jason Lee Moeller, T. Jarrod Bonta and others, including a string quartet. Lauren Cervantes and Angela Miller sing on the album.

Crockett will tour extensively in 2024 in support of $10 Cowboy. His latest headline tour of Australia has begun (via Love Police) and he has announced the first round of his 2024 North American tour dates. Crockett has also confirmed 2024 appearances at Stagecoach, Moon Crush Festival, Buckeye Country Superfest, FloydFest, Two Step Inn, and Avetts at the Beach in Riviera Maya, Mexico with the Avett Brothers and other guests, among other summer festivals.

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