Willie Nelson Teams Up With Charley Crockett For New Song “That’s What Makes The World Go Around”

Willie Nelson and Charley Crockett
Charley Crockett

Shotgun Willie and ol’ Jukebox Charley.

The Texas troubadours Charley Crockett has teamed up with one of the most iconic faces in country music history, the great Willie Nelson, for a new single titled “That’s What Makes The World Go Around.”

Written by Crockett, alongside Kullen Fox, Rich Brotherton and Taylor Grace, the song tells the story of a woman who is dreaming about escaping her small town life for the bright lights of the honky tonks in the city. However, when the nightlife takes hold of her, she finds herself longing for those simpler times again.

Charley says Willie gave him a call and asked he anything to cut and Charley wasted no time writing some tunes for the Red Headed Stranger:

“Willie called me up, said he was out at Pedernales cuttin’, and asked if I had any songs ready he could jump on. I told him I had plenty. Hung up the phone, drove out to Billy Horton’s place, and wrote a couple on the spot.

We fired ‘em off to Spicewood where he sang and took a ride on one that very next day. When I heard him come in singing on his first line, I shed a tear. Then his leads on Trigger hit, and I was crying!”

Crockett has been one of the busiest country music artists in the game over the past few years and he’ll show no signs of slowing down heading into 2024. He’ll kick off the year at Denver’s Mission Ballroom on January 18th and 19th before returning to Australia for a 13-show run down under beginning on January 27th.

He’ll also play a number of festivals this year including 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.

“That’s What Makes The World Go Around”

Charley Crockett 2024 Tour Dates

Jan 18 – The Mission Ballroom – Denver, CO
Jan 19 – The Mission Ballroom – Denver, CO – SOLD OUT
Jan 23 – Marquis Park City – Park City, UT
Jan 27 – Tamworth Town Hall – Tamworth, AU
Jan 28 – Bar on the Hill – Newcastle, AU
Jan 30 – The Kings Theatre – Sunshine Coast, AU
Jan 31 – The Green Room Byron – Tyagarah, AU
Feb 1 – Eatons Hill Hotel – Eatons Hill, AU
Feb 2 – Anita’s Theatre Thirroul – Thirroul, AU
Feb 4 – Enmore Theatre – Sydney, AU
Feb 6 – Canberra Theatre Centre – Canberra, AU
Feb 8 – The Gov – Adelaide, AU
Feb 9 – Ballarat Civic Hall – Ballarat Central, AU
Feb 10 – Coal Creek Community Park & Museum – Korumburra, AU
Feb 12 – Forum Theatre – Melbourne, AU
Feb 14 – Astor Theatre – Perth, AU
Feb 22 – San Antonio Stock & Rodeo – San Antonio, TX
Mar 1 – Extra Innings Festival – Tempe, AZ
Apr 5 – Grind City Fest – Memphis, TN
Apr 9 – Apr 13 – Avett Brothers at the Beach @ Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya – Riviera Maya, MX
Apr 19 – Moon Crush Festival – Miramar Beach, FL
Apr 20 – Crawfish Music Festival – Biloxi, MS
Apr 21 – Two Step Inn Festival – Georgetown, TX
Apr 27 – Stagecoach Festival – Indio, CA
Jun 7 – XFINITY Theatre – Hartford, CT*
June 8 – Xfinity Center – Mansfield, MA*
Jun 22 – Buckeye Country Superfest – Columbus, OH
Jun 23 – Buckeye Country Superfest – Columbus, OH
Jun 28 – Jackalope Jamboree – Pendleton, OR
Jul 28 – FloydFest – Check, VA

* w/ Hank Williams Jr

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock