With a name like Charley Crockett, you ought to be a country music star, and though it didn’t happen overnight, Crockett is slowly making his way to stardom.
One moment that really seemed to springboard his career was his now legendary visit to Ryman Auditorium last November. Charley was there for the very first time to play songs from his most recent project The Man From Waco.
No one really knows what got into the Ryman crowd on that special night, but luckily for those who didn’t manage to score a ticket to the historic venue, we’ll get to witness the performance as both a live album and a concert film when they are both released on September 29th.
One critic described Crockett’s night at the Ryman as “country music’s mother church turning into a 2,500 seat honky tonking juke joint,” and based on everything we’ve heard about the performance, that sounds like the perfect description.
Part of what made the visit to the Ryman’s stage so special was the fact that Charley had long dreamed of playing in the famous auditorium.
Crockett penned a letter to fans saying:
“I wanted to play on that stage so badly, but I didn’t know how it would ever happen.
That’s what was running through my mind the night The Blue Drifters and I played the Ryman for the first time.”
Charley isn’t the type of person that likes to “watch back” his performances, but fortunately his manager came up with the idea to record and film the concert, now giving country music fans the ability to experience the raucous performance:
“Selling out the Ryman for the first time is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and luckily my manager came up with the idea of filming the show.
As a rule, I can’t stand watching videos of myself—I don’t really know how anyone can—but I’m grateful we captured that night.
The crowd was truly something else, they stood up early on in the show and never sat back down again.”
Crockett believes that his time wandering around Nashville’s Broadway scene and the Ryman trying to make it as an artist contributed to the high-energy concert that he put on with his band.
In the letter he wrote to his fans, he reminisced about looking down the alley behind Ryman Auditorium and contemplating if his struggles were all worth it.
Charley even had the wherewithal to call back to those memories while he was up on stage performing:
“About a third of the way into the set, just before my song “The Valley,” I said to the crowd ‘The alley’s just outside, but it’s a long way from right here.'”
A pretty cool moment that Crockett got to have, and one that we’ll all thankfully get to witness once the live album and concert film become available at the end of September.
Until then, we’ll just have to watch this performance of “Jamestown Ferry” from the Crockett’s rocking Ryman set.
Take a look:
Charley Crockett 2023 Tour Dates
Aug 18 – LASSO Festival – Montreal, QC
Aug 20 – Catbird Music Festival – Bethel, NY
Aug 21 – Virginia Credit Union LIVE! – Richmond, VA***
Aug 22 – The Andrew J Brady Music Center – Cincinnati, OH***
Aug 23 – The Signal – Chattanooga, TN
Aug 25 – Whitewater Amphitheater – New Braunfels, TX
Sept 3 – End of the Road Festival – Salisbury, UK
Sept 4 – Band on the Wall – Manchester, UK
Sept 5 – Button Factory – Dublin, IE
Sept 7 – SWG3 – Glasgow, UK
Sept 8 – 02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire – London, UK
Sept 9 – Chalk – Brighton, UK
Sept 11 – Cafe de la Danse – Paris, FR
Sept 12 – Melkweg – Amsterdam, NL
Sept 13 – Doornroosje – Nijmegen, NL
Sept 15 – Mojo Club – Hamburg, DE
Sept 16 – De Oosterpoort – Groningen, NL
Sept 17 – Batschkapp – Frankfurt, DE
Sept 18 – Metropol – Berlin, DE
Sept 20 – Vega – Copenhagen – DK
Sept 21 – Cosmopolite – Oslo, NO
Sept 22 – Debaser Strand – Stockholm, SE
Sept 23 – Pustervik – Gothenburg, SE
Sept 30 – Ohana Festival – Dana Point, CA
Oct 5 – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA
Oct 6 – The Arlington Theatre – Santa Barbara, CA
Oct 7 – Rebels and Renegades Music Festival – Monterey, CA
Oct 12 – American Bank Center – Corpus Christi, TX^
Oct 13 – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – The Woodlands, TX^
Oct 14 – LA Cajundome – Lafayette, LA^
Oct 19 – AT&T Center – San Antonio, TX^
Oct 20 – Moody Center – Austin, TX^
Oct 21 – Moody Center – Austin, TX^
Oct 26 – BOK Center – Tulsa, OK^
Oct 27 – Dos Equis Pavilion – Dallas, TX^
Oct 28 – Dos Equis Pavilion – Dallas, TX^
Nov 16 – The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon – Fort Myers, FL
Nov 17 – The St. Augustine Ampitheatre – St. Augustine, FL*
Nov 18 – The Sound at Coachman Park – Clearwater, FL*
Dec 9 – Lucas Oil Live at Winstar Casino & Resort – Thackerville, OK**
Dec 12 – The Theater at Virgin Hotels – Las Vegas, NV
^supporting Chris Stapleton
*supporting Dwight Yoakam
**with Ryan Bingham
***co-headline with Marcus King