We had the pleasure of spending the day with Charley Crockett ahead of his show in Philadelphia. Read on for the full interview with photography by Jesse Michalski.
When and why did you start playing music and singing?
I started playing music as a way to relieve my sorrow when I was about 16 or 17.
What was the first tune you learned?
“All Along The Watchtower”
Is your family musical?
I had a great uncle who was a Country Western singer. My mama could always sing really well naturally. Both my siblings too.
Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
Bill Withers, Loretta Lynn, Hank Williams, Lightnin’ Hopkins. With all of them and many others I admire there’s a simple honesty to their songs. They can say a lot in a 2 minute song without being heavy handed. I think that’s a rare gift.
Do you get nervous before a performance?
I do get nervous. I’m not sure that’ll ever go away. I don’t think I want it to. It means I’m excited and that’s a good thing.
How does Stetson fit into your style?
All the best hats I’ve ever had were Stetsons. It’s one of the few brands that have stood the test of time in America. I can identify with that kind of endurance. Not to mention, everybody notices a Stetson.