Charley Crockett at First Avenue (moved from the Fine Line) with Greyhounds on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022.
Doors 7 p.m. | Show 8 p.m. | 18+
A doomed romance, a crime of passion, an outlaw on the run: Charley Crockett’s The Man From Waco takes all the drama and danger of a timeless Western and subtly tilts the lens, arriving as a gloriously sprawling odyssey through the wilderness of the human heart. A richly drawn world populated by drifters and dreamers and hopelessly damaged souls. The album takes place in landscapes as far-flung as the backwoods of Louisiana and the billboard-lined streets of Hollywood, the gleaming New Mexico desert, and the muddy rivers of Texas. Set to his signature Gulf & Western sound, Crockett’s storytelling ultimately casts an intoxicating spell while imbuing every moment with elemental truth.
Greyhounds are the Austin duo of Anthony Farrell (vocals/keyboards) and Andrew Trube (vocals/guitar). Many music fans remember Farrell and Trube as key members of JJ Grey's band MOFRO for many years. After parting with Grey in 2016 to focus full-time on Greyhounds, the band has only left the road to record and release three full-length records: Change of Pace (2016), Cheyenne Valley Drive (2018), and Primates (2020).
Primates is a dialect of the human soul - a musical language that reaches across all borders, beyond all differences to address personal relationships, class struggles, culture wars, and the disconnectedness of modern living. Trube and Farrell conjure vibrations of those who have come before, while remaining aware and inspired of what the future will bring. The 10-track release is the most complete offering from the band to date, with relatable, sometimes deeper than expected lyrics put in front of a backdrop that flows naturally from start to finish.
The addition of a new producer could have been at the heart of the new tunes, at least according to Farrell. “We’ve always produced our own records,” he said. “But we knew we needed to stretch our sound on this record to reflect the scope of what we are trying to say. We brought in producer/multi-instrumentalist Steve Berlin (Los Lobos, Flesh Eaters, Deer Tick). We’ve known Steve for a long time, but it can be difficult to let go of your control in creative endeavors. However, our immense respect for him as a musician, as well as a human being, made it easy to trust him. He opened up a lot of musical doors that we didn’t know existed. Plus he gave us a thorough education in Mezcal!” Mezcal influenced or not, the album is a jam.