Sundays in the Park – Charley Crockett w/ the Johnny Young Band
We are pleased to open our 29th Season with a man who’s roots stretch deep into Mendocino County, CHARLEY CROCKETT!
A native of South Texas, he was raised in an isolated, rural part of the Rio Grande Valley by a single mother in a trailer surrounded by sugar cane and grapefruit fields. As a teenager, he was into free-styling and rapping. He spent formative years living with his uncle in New Orleans where he first became a street performer who discovered a love for folk music. In New York City he played hip hop and blues on street corners and in subway cars. What’s also important to his identity as an artist, he says, is that he has lived the songs he writes and sings. “I’ve always had to work so damn hard to get any little bit of anything,” he says.
In spite of all these challenges, Charley has remained consistently steadfast and persistent in his belief in his music. Self-promoting and partnering with independent labels to release an impressive catalog of seven records, which have generated over 36 million global streams and garnered widespread critical acclaim. NPR Music, an early supporter, wrote Charley was “an artist who lives up to the hype” when reviewing his 2016 release, In The Night. The Valley caught the attention of everyone from Billboard to Rolling Stone. He has toured Europe and the U.S. extensively and gained a devoted grassroots young following who appreciate his varied travels and musical influences. Last year Charley made his debuts at the Grand Ole Opry and at the Newport Folk Festival – all without the support from a major label or country radio. “Real country music is for everyone.” He says that is what his audiences are craving. “If radio would play this kind of music, people would respond in a big way, just like they do at the live shows.” All of these experiences have led to his eighth album and the finest record of his career. “It’s an album America can understand right now in these hard times,” he says. It’s also an immersive experience in sound that simultaneously carries us back in time while also applying Crockett’s singular style.
Johnny is an award-winning Country music artist with dozens of albums recorded with several bands. This versatile guitarist/ singer-songwriter, has been on stage since age 6, entertaining music fans all over with his fun stage persona, catchy originals, and hot guitar licks.. After years as a dedicated band member, Johnny struck out on his his own with a batch of songs, and a plane ticket bound for Nashville. Hitting the famed music row studios with Producer and CMHOF member Smith Curry, Johnny would emerge with his debut single as a solo artist “Outlaw”, a song met enthusiastically by Country Radio, and fans alike.
Johnny has shared the stage with many great artists including Eli Young Band, Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban, & Pam Tillis, performed at the Winter Olympics, on network television shows,, and on a multitude of tours and festivals including CMA Fest ,Watershed, HWY 30, Warped Tour, & Country Crossings.
With a big love for classic and 90s era Country Music, Johnny writes songs from the heart that resonate with listeners, while his high-energy live show whips audiences into a Rockin Country frenzy.