For Immediate Release September 22, 2016
Singer-Songwriter Billy Crockett Jumps Back into Touring
With Songs From Rabbit Hole, Releasing Oct. 1
Dates in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma mark first foray in years
for Blue Rock Artist Ranch and Studio owner-producer;
renowned bassist Roscoe Beck to perform on Cactus Café date
WIMBERLEY, Texas – It’s been a long time—16 years, to be exact—since singer-songwriter Billy Crockett felt motivated to hit the road in a significant way, but with the Oct. 1 release of Rabbit Hole, his first album in seven years, he can’t wait to start touring again. And like so many great troubadours, Crockett can sit on a bar stool with nothing but an acoustic guitar and mesmerize listeners with well-placed words, beautiful melodies and resonant tones.
“The live show is exhilarating. Full of risk,” Crockett notes. “All those ears in tune. All those souls resonating. Are you kidding?! It’s addictive. I guess I really do miss that.”
Crockett will make an Oct. 1 appearance at the Southwest Regional Folk Alliance conference in Austin before heading up to Albuquerque, N.M., for an Oct. 2 Art of the Song Radio show at the Sol Acting Academy Theater Space. He drops by the Dosey Doe Big Barn in the Woodlands, Texas, on Nov. 4, Austin’s Cactus Cafe, Nov. 5. For those shows, he’ll be accompanied by Dallas-based electric guitarist Daran DeShazo, who performed on the album. Austin bassist Roscoe Beck (Leonard Cohen, the Dixie Chicks) will join Crockett and DeShazo for the Nov. 5 date at Austin’s Cactus Café.
That beloved listening room on the University of Texas campus, known for welcoming Townes Van Zandt and so many other songwriting icons, is a perfect venue for Crockett’s rich, expertly nuanced vocals and accomplished acoustic guitar playing on his 1990 Lowden L25C. Both come to the forefront on Rabbit Hole, releasing on Crockett’s own Blue Rock Artists label.
“I bought it new in Austin and it has really come alive in the last couple of years,” says Crockett of his favorite wood and wire sculpture. The same might be said of his music. In 2006, Crockett marked a return to recording after a seven-year hiatus with an album of his own instrumentals for classical guitar. He followed it in 2009 with Wishing Sky, his first album of secular folk-pop tunes. In the ‘80s and ‘90s, while living in Nashville, Crockett was a popular contemporary Christian artist.
But the songs on his new self-produced release address the world from a place of newfound freedom. And he’s enjoying it so much, he’s itchin’ to get out and play.
Crockett also will perform Nov. 12 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in San Angelo, Texas, as part of the San Angelo Songwriter Series, Dec. 1 at another iconic listening room, the Blue Door in Oklahoma City, and Dec. 2 at Dallas’ Uncle Calvin’s. Spring dates are being planned in the Northwest and New England.
Billy Crockett on Tour:
Saturday, October 1
Southwest Regional Folk Alliance 2016 conference showcase
Sunday, October 2
Art of the Song Radio – Sol Acting Academy Theater Space
Friday, November 4
The Dosey Doe Big Barn
The Woodlands, Texas
Saturday, November 5
Saturday, November 12
San Angelo Songwriter Series – Emmanuel Episcopal Church
San Angelo, Texas
Thursday, December 1
The Blue Door
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Friday, December 2
Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse
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