Charley Crockett tells stories about his life, his music and his mentor, James Hand : World Cafe : World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN In this session, hear songs that Crockett recorded live in front of a virtual World Cafe audience, from that tribute album and from another recent album of his called Music City USA.

Charley Crockett tells stories about his life, his music and his mentor, James Hand

Charley Crockett on World Cafe

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Set List

  • "Music City U.S.A."
  • "Lesson in Depression"
  • "I Need Your Love"

Picture yourself in a dark, wood-paneled saloon – cowboy hats and plaid shirts atop barstools, the smell of beer. Up on a small raised stage in the back, with folks gathered round, you might find today's guest: Charley Crockett. Recently named Emerging Artist of the Year by the Americana Music Awards, Crockett, with his gentle Texan drawl, seems like a voice from another time.

Today, Charley will do what he does so well: tell stories. Stories about his life, his music, and his mentor James Hand, who he recently released a tribute album to called 10 For Slim: Charley Crockett Sings James Hand.

You'll also hear songs recorded live in front of a virtual World Cafe audience, broadcast out of KUTX studios in Austin, Texas, with selections from that tribute album and from another recent one, Music City USA. Watch the full performance above (thanks to NPR Live Sessions) and listen to the full World Cafe conversation in the audio player up at the top of the page.

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