“Crockett is a gifted singer-songwriter in his own right, an ace guitarist who’s the owner-creator of Blue Rock Studio, where [the] album is being recorded with the Crockett touch.”
– Dallas Morning News
For Immediate Release December 6, 2016
Singer-Songwriter Billy Crockett Reignites Musical Passion
And Draws Fans Into Rabbit Hole
Intimate Live Shows And Personal Video Blog
Reconnects Audience With Blue Rock Artist Ranch
& Studio Owner-Producer
WIMBERLY, Texas – Since the November release of singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and studio owner Billy Crockett’s latest album, Rabbit Hole, he has been walking down one of his most creative musical paths in recent years. With the fortuitous title, Crockett has been hopping around the Southwest and reconnecting with old fans and making new ones with performances at intimate venues and through “Behind the Rabbit Hole” video blogs that lead viewers into his mythical musical world.
“Doing these videos is a blast. I’m telling stories about the songs with simple guitar/vocal versions and notes for guitarist for each track of the record,” says Crockett. “Feels great when I hear feedback from fans as well as meeting everyone at the shows. Thanks to everyone for coming out and for your beautiful encouragement. Can’t wait to see you in the next run!”
Just last week, Crockett sold out Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse in Dallas, played the venerable Blue Door in Oklahoma City and delivered a private show in Fort Worth. That’s in addition to stops in New Mexico and at Austin’s legendary Cactus Café. Crockett plans to hit both coasts in 2017 (he’s already announced a May 3 date at Boston’s historic Club Passim), but for now, Crockett and his wife, Dodee, are enjoying the beautifully decked halls and walls of their own venue, Blue Rock Artist Ranch & Studio. They opened the recording and performing site in the Hill Country of Wimberley, Texas, 10 years ago, and have been welcoming artists and fans ever since.
Crockett, who produced Rabbit Hole and has put what the Dallas Morning News labeled “the Crockett touch” on other artists’ albums at Blue Rock, loves nothing more than sharing music with friends; in fact, the 11 songs on Rabbit Hole were developed at weekly songwriting critique sessions known as Blue Tuesdays.
The Alternate Route and M Music & Musicians magazine are among publications praising the effort; the latter noted, “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… The storytelling in this album is even more effective with the calculated sparse and precise guitar work 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.”
On Dec. 8 and 9, Crockett brings the music back to a live audience for a performance with fellow singer-songwriters Amy Speace and the Band of Heathens’ Gordy Quist for “A Blue Rock Christmas with Amy Speace & Friends.” Those not attending in person may access these live-streamed performances by paying whatever amount they choose at concertwindow.com/bluerock Proceeds support the artists and Blue Rock Live programming.
After spending the holidays at Blue Rock, Crockett will resume touring; his stops will include Kansas City, Mo., where he’ll perform and participate as a panelist and mentor at February’s Folk Alliance International conference. In the meantime, he invites music-lovers to fall down the Rabbit Hole with him. It’s an adventure unlike any other. Rabbit Hole is available at CD Baby, iTunes and at billycrockett.com.
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