Promoter Jade Presents has announced that Charley Crockett will play The Hall at Fargo Brewing Company with Vincent Neil Emerson on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. Tickets go on sale on Friday, January 21.
The latest Charley Crockett release, Music City USA, a double LP, suggests the artist has some songs worth paying attention to. It’s clear that he’s invested as much time in the studio, recording storytelling songs and making storytelling videos, as he has barnstorming around the United States and Europe playing live shows. Not bad for a 37-year-old late bloomer.
Crockett’s got a sound. And there’s a gauzy veil of mystery surrounding him suggesting he knows more than he’s letting on. 10 records in such a short amount of time have come with a “No Two Alike” guarantee, particularly the last three releases: the darkly prescient Welcome to Hard Times; the semi-autobiographical, hard-core country-roots of The Valley; and 10 for Slim, his tribute of songs by the obscure and wholly authentic Texas honky-tonk maestro James Hand.
Call him neo-country-western. Few contemporaries present themselves as part of a lineage harkening back to Hank Williams and George Jones like Crockett does, and even fewer can pull it off convincingly. Call him a bluesman. One of Crockett’s first recorded songs “Trinity River,” about that “dirty river” in North Texas, is the perfect bookend to “Trinity River Blues.’ His distinctive, plaintive vocals crack unapologetically with emotion, and he phrases his lines around the beat like a jazz singer, while he expounds upon personal relationships and the world beyond.
Nowhere in Crockett’s case would be San Benito, the largely Hispanic farming community in the Rio Grande Valley of extreme south Texas, his birthplace. That Valley was a perfect petri dish for a little kid with wide eyes and good ears. He’s has endured petty crime, societal ennui, open-heart surgery, one-night stands, long-distance rides in a van, loud truck stops, and diners serving stale lukewarm coffee to get to where he is now. Sad, uplifting, hard, and sweet, complex and delicate all at once, his songs are like life itself, just like the songs’ creator: like nothing you’ve heard or seen before, a genuine Texas original.
IF YOU GO
CHARLEY CROCKETT WITH VINCENT NEIL EMERSON
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2022 | 7 P.M. DOORS | 8 P.M. SHOW | 21+
THE HALL AT FARGO BREWING | 610 N. UNIVERSITY DRIVE, FARGO N.D., 58102
Tickets on sale Friday, January 21, 10 a.m. A special presale takes place Thursday, January 20, 10 a.m., through 10 p.m., online only.
General admission tickets $27.50 in advance; $29.50 day-of-show. Additional fees may apply.