Billy Crockett Makes Rolling Stone Magazine’s List of Artists You Need to Know

Billy Crockett Makes Rolling Stone Magazine’s List of Artists You Need to Know

Billy Crockett Makes Rolling Stone Magazine’s List of Artists You Need to Know

📅20 January 2017, 23:27

For Immediate Release                                            January 20, 2017

Singer-Songwriter Billy Crockett Makes Rolling Stone Magazine’s

List of Artists You Need to Know

Crockett’s new release, Rabbit Hole, also earns accolades

From American Songwriter, The Alternate Root

 

Photographer: Rodney Bursiel

WIMBERLEY, Texas – Praise for artist Billy Crockett’s new album, Rabbit Hole, has been spreading throughout the Americana world, and now, Rolling Stone, American Songwriter and The Alternate Root have weighed in with web reviews of Crockett’s Blue Rock Artists release, his first in seven years.

 

Rolling Stone placed the acclaimed singer-songwriter and master guitarist on a list titled  “10 Country Artists You Need to Know: January 2017” calling his warm sound “coffeehouse folk without pretension.”

 

“What really makes Crockett such an interesting listen is his own unique sense of self-identity,” they noted, praising his “spare acoustic essays on political disillusion, an earth in peril and … Mavis Staples.”

 

Responds Crockett: “I’m honored and thrilled by such positive words. This album was a long time coming for me, and it’s wonderful to know these songs are resonating with listeners. I have tried to strip down my own language to something essential; to tell these stories to anyone. No codes and credos. It’s about clarifying a feeling.”

 

American Songwriter called Rabbit Hole “the expression of an authentic soul, a true music lover, and a seriously thoughtful writer of songs.

 

“An astounding and beloved producer … the man writes songs – and performs them – with the same understated grace and ingenious invention he brings to his productions. Known to be the kind of producer who tells phenomenal musicians, ‘Less – less !’ until he achieves that exact delicate fusion of refinement and soul, he brings that same elegant economy to songwriting, delivering the essence of the thing with crystalline purity.”

 

The Alternate Root added, “The stories are laid out as riches as Billy wraps emotions around tales that ponder his place in the scheme of things (‘Already Perfect’) and look to the sky for a change in the weather (‘Drought’) as they find time to play (‘Big Old World’), and love (‘Take Me’).”

 

Crockett also earned a glowing review from M Music & Musicians magazine, which raved, “Billy Crockett tears open his heart and pours out a measure of emotions that has been tucked in the corners of his soul. He carefully peels back each layer to give a guilt-free peek into the thought-provoking ideas dancing around in his head. And it’s truly an enjoyable ride. His lyrics paint portraits and landscapes, his guitar mastery is exceptional … infused with folk, jazz, blues and a whole lotta soul. The combination leaves the listener completely satisfied, yet wanting more. And that’s indeed an art in itself.”

 

Crockett will spend part of February in Kansas City, Missouri, where he’ll share his stories as a performer, panelist and mentor at the 29th annual Folk Alliance International conference. His travels will take him to both coasts this year; he’s already announced a May 3 date at Boston’s historic Club Passim and a May 5 performance in Sudbury, Massachusetts as part of the renowned Fox Run House Concert Series.

 

He’s also looking forward to more productions and events at Blue Rock Artists Ranch & Studio, the widely praised recording facility and performance venue he and his wife, Dodee, operate in the Hill Country of Wimberley, Texas. The weekend of Feb. 10, esteemed singer-songwriters Mary Gauthier, Gretchen Peters and Eliza Gilkyson will conduct a songwriter retreat; on Feb. 11, they’ll perform and live-stream their “Three Women and the Truth” concert. The following month, during South By Southwest, Blue Rock will celebrate its 11th birthday. No word yet on whether guests at that event might include March hares or mad hatters, but if they should arrive, they’ll know exactly where to go: right down the Rabbit Hole.

 

Rabbit Hole is available at CD Baby, iTunes and at billycrockett.com.

 

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