Thursday, January 14, 2021
– Charley Crockett has the new single from the "The Next Waltz, Vol. 3" compilation, a project from Bruce Robison's label, a cover of Billy Swan's 1974 country/pop crossover hit, "I Can Help."
The song was the number one most added song at Americana radio this week and the eighth most added on the Triple A charts.
While he works on his new album, the follow-up to 2020's " Welcome to Hard Times," Crockett said, "We showed up at the studio without any idea what we were gonna cut. Once we got in there I remembered this old Billy Swan number, and I'd always wanted to record it. I think we got it in one or two takes. Like everything else at Bruce's place, magic stuck to the tape."
A descendent of Davy Crockett, Crockett was born to a single mother and grew up in a trailer in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. He had run-ins with the law, and eventually busked on the streets of New Orleans and New York City for a decade. His travels also took him to Northern California and Morocco, before he returned to Texas and began the current phase of his life and career in the Deep Ellum neighborhood of Dallas. Two years ago, he survived life-saving open-heart surgery.
"Charley Crockett is the perfect product of his times. Equal parts '60s Nashville sound and itinerant street musician, part of what makes this music great. A voice you could believe, singing a simple song of incredible beauty," said Robison. "Being able to take a song that everyone knows like Billy Swan's 'I Can Help' and making it his own is quite a feat. But his style is so instinctual and transparent in how so many genres come together in a believable way. It shows without a doubt how unbelievably cool both the song and Crockett are, in their own respective and timeless fashion."
Robison released the disc in December 2020. Others on the compilation are:
Jack Ingram - "Times Like These"
David Ramirez - "One Man Guy"
Flatland Cavalry - "War With My Mind"
Dan Dyer - "Maiden's Prayer"
Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis - "Tennessee Blues"
Shinyribs - "Bitch Better Have My Money"
The Panhandlers - "This Flatland Life"
Cody Canada - "Wonder If The World Can Wait That Long"
Robert Ellis - "I Must Be In A Good Place Now"