Blues artist Charley Crockett releases Lonesome As A Shadow, an album of all original material recorded in Memphis, TN at the legendary Sam Phillip's Recording Service with producer/engineer Matt Ross-Spang. Backed by his band of Blue Drifters, this album was recorded live to tape in the middle of a long year of touring. It's a musical gumbo of influences that showcases the various depths of Crockett's sound.
"The idea of making an album in Memphis has been with me a long time so when I got a chance to record at Sam Phillips with Matt Ross-Spang I jumped on it," Crockett explains. "Memphis has a habit of getting good, soulful music out of folks time and again and Matt came up in that tradition so it was just natural from the jump. I've said it before but my influences stretch from Hank Williams to Bill Withers and my first couple a records were really a mix of the sounds that make up Texas & Louisiana music for me. Blues, Country, Soul, Cajun, Tejano and Zydeco. I wanted to keep all that together. Something with that Gulf Coast sound that's both urban and rural.
"Turns out, Sam Phillips was just the place to make it happen," he adds. "Besides, all those amazing Sun and Stax artists were country folks cutting records in the city anyway so it was just natural for me. We were gonna hire a studio band for the session but Matt watched a few videos of my road band The Blue Drifters and decided I should bring them with me. Those boys are all so dang good in the studio and on the stage and since we were already really tight, cutting the record was easy and we did it live to tape in 4 days with a handful of overdubs. I feel lucky to be playing with such fine musicians."
"Lonesome As A Shadow is really important for me. I'd been in the shadows and playing out on the streets for years," Crockett continues. "That kind of living gave people the impression that I was rough around the edges. Just a gentleman Hobo. I learned a million songs standing out in the street but I've also written a million too. This record is me laying all that out there. I've got more songs than years in this life to cut ‘em all so I've got to get busy! It's a Texas & Louisiana record through and through but it's a Memphis Soul record too and I really like that."