Another Texas native will grace the Levitt Amp Music on Main stage Friday. Blues musician and vocalist Charley Crockett will take the Heritage Park stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Crockett was born in San Benito, but has spent time all across Texas, in Northern California, New York City, Spain, Morocco and Northern Africa.
Crockett released his first album, “A Stolen Jewel” in 2015. The Dallas Observer named him best blues act that year. Crockett’s sophomore album, “In the Night” was released on June 4, 2016.
Crockett’s website describes his music as, “rich with southern flavor, a musical gumbo of Delta blues, honky-tonk, gospel and Cajun jazz.”
Crockett answered some questions about his upcoming performance.
Q. What kind of show can fans expect at the concert in Denison?
A. Folks can expect us to keep it swingin’ with that Gulf Coast sound man! Blues, country, soul, rockabilly, Cajun and zydeco till you can’t stand no more!
Q. Do you have a favorite song to play?
A. My favorite song to play is always changing. Right now I guess it’d be an original called, “What The Preacher Say.” Lately we’ve been doin’ an old Ernest Tubb number titled, “Thanks A Lot.” Boy, do I love that tune!
Q. Music on Main is a free concert series hosted by Downtown Denison. What do you like about performing at small venues?
A. The type of music we do was born in small rooms and that’s where it’s meant to play. Don’t get me wrong, it’s incredible to play in front of thousands of people but the best shows are always intimate.
Q. If your name was mentioned alongside any other act, who would it be/Who do you look up to musically?
A. Well if we’re talkin’ about the legends I’d have to say, Hank Williams, Bill Withers, Loretta Lynn and ol” Ray Charles. Some of my favorite acts around today are Valerie June, Justin Townes Earle, Leon Bridges, JD McPherson, Tomar and the FCs, and High Plains Jamboree. Really diggin’ this Australian boy C.W. Stoneking too.
Q. What do you want the musical legacy of Charley Crockett to be?
A. It ain’t time for me to be thinkin’ ‘bout no legacy! I got work to do. I’m gonna keep this music simple and honest. Gonna make the records I wanna make and if anybody’s listenin’ after I’m gone that’ll be alright with me.
Q. You have done a lot of traveling around the United States, around France and other European countries, and Africa. How have your travels and the other cultures you have experienced influenced your music?
A. Traveling around performing on street corners was an occupation of last resort for me. Everything else in my life was falling apart. I learned that if you go to sleep on a park bench tired and hungry, you still wake up the next morning and maybe the sun’s even shinin’ down on ya. I don’t know much, but I can stand behind this guitar and make a few bucks.
Q. How did you feel when you found out that NPR named your song as one of the “Top 10 Songs Public Radio Can’t Stop Playing”?
A. I remember sitting in a motel room in New Mexico when David Dyer announced my song was up next on his program. It was an amazing feeling and it just about made up for a decade in the shadows. I owe my good luck to Amy Miller in Dallas for spinning my tunes and giving me a voice.
Q. When people leave the concert, what do you want them to be saying about you?
A. I just want ‘em to leave sayin’ “Charley with an E-Y like Charley Pride” and “Crockett with two T’s like Davy” and “did you know he’s a direct descendant?!?” That’d be just dandy.