Singer-Songwriter Billy Crockett to Showcase During SXSW

Singer-Songwriter Billy Crockett to Showcase During SXSW

Singer-Songwriter Billy Crockett to Showcase During SXSW

📅07 March 2017, 00:20

For Immediate Release                                         March 7, 2017

 

Singer-Songwriter Billy Crockett to Showcase During SXSW

at Special Gathering for Artists, Industry Friends

 

Photographer: Rodney Bursiel

Wimberley artist still basking in accolades from Folk Alliance conference audiences, music press including Rolling Stone, American Songwriter

 

WIMBERLEY, Texas – After a whirlwind week of performances, panels, mentor sessions and community-building at February’s Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City, Mo., Texas singer-songwriter and master guitarist Billy Crockett brings the community home to his Blue Rock Artist Ranch & Studio in Wimberley, Texas, during South By Southwest, Austin’s annual music-industry confab. Crockett will showcase songs from his lauded new album, Rabbit Hole, on March 18 as part of Blue Rock’s 11th birthday party and 12th annual celebration.

 

The invite-only event marks the day when Crockett and his wife, Dodee Frost Crockett, first welcomed performers and music-industry colleagues to their state-of-the-art recording facility, venue and artists’ retreat in the beautiful Texas Hill Country locale of Wimberley, a half-hour outside of Austin. Since then, they’ve built a loyal and loving creative community of musicians who write, record and perform at the 27-acre hideaway, and supporters who attend concerts (in person or virtually), workshops and retreats, buy these artists’ music and book them elsewhere.

 

“To me, this community feels like oxygen,” says Crockett, Blue Rock’s creative director and a producer whose credits include albums by Cliff Eberhardt, Grace Pettis and Darryl Purpose. “The air is charged with songs and writers’ voices, ears and hearts awake, and I can’t help but be inspired. Being among folks who love this work reminds me good songs are vital. The quality coming from 20 artists raises the bar for me, and all of us. I see young artists telling crucial stories, and older ones discovering new insights, getting better still. It gives me hope. I always want to hibernate and write songs for about a month after this event.

 

“Blue Rock is a sanctuary of songs and lovers,” he adds. “Every year during SXSW, it blooms. Artists, producers, venue operators, agents, labels and other wildlife arrive to cross-pollenate and celebrate what keeps us working so hard. It’s a big, generous day to discover again the thrill of courageous art in community – and its champions. It’s more than a party. It’s the birds and the bees. It’s how we’re made.”

 

Guests invited to the party, from 12:30 to 7 p.m., will hear 20 artists performing on two stages. The event is free, but the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, Austin’s nonprofit musicians’ health care organization, will be on-site distributing information and accepting donations. Billy and Dodee also note, “Music from each of the artists will be available for sale. We hope you’ll consider leaving with some new music to support the spirit of the day.”

 

In fact, the event is designed, according to the couple, “to capture some of the original SXSW vibe by providing good listening spaces where the music can be heard by people who can assist the artists.”

 

Last year, festival planners and “super fans” spent $3,000 on CDs and booked artists they heard for festivals, venues and house concerts in Texas and far beyond.

 

In addition to Crockett, this year’s performers include Jonathan Byrd & the Pickup Cowboys, Baskery, Riley Etheridge Jr., Wood & Wire, Jaimee Harris, the Flyin’ A’s, Emily Scott Robinson, the Heart Collectors, Rachel Laven with Sweet ‘Shine & Honey, the Dave Scher Trio, Rebecca Loebe, BettySoo, Frances Luke Accord, Jeff Plankenhorn, Carrie Elkin and Beat Root Revival. Austin acoustic duo the Flyin’ A’s start the music at 1 p.m. on the Cool Licks Café stage.

 

The menu includes Mimi’s Gourmet Sliders, Mom & Pops all-natural frozen pops and beverages from sponsors Topo Chico and Dosey Doe Coffee. And birthday cake, of course.

 

Crockett also will perform during SXSW at the Folk Alliance and Kerrville Folk Festival Day Party, Wednesday, March 15 from noon to 6 p.m. (doors open at 11 a.m.), at Threadgill’s World Headquarters, 301 W. Riverside Drive. He’ll play from 2:30 to 3 p.m. on the indoor Kerrville Folk Festival stage. The all-ages party is free; no SXSW badges or wristbands are needed for entry. For more info, call 512-472-9304 or visit threadgills.com. (Crockett will perform Thursday, May 25, on the Kerrville Folk Festival mainstage at a time to be announced. For ticket info and updates, check kerrville-music.com.)

 

After that afore-mentioned “hibernation,”

Crockett will appear April 15 at Austin’s Cactus Café, in the Texas Union building, 2247 Guadalupe St. on the University of Texas campus. Admission for the 8:30 p.m. show is $20 in advance; $22 at the door. For info/tickets, visit cactuscafe.thundertix.com/events/100657 or call 512-475-6515. He’s also performing on May 3 at Boston’s historic Club Passim and on May 5 in Sudbury, Massachusetts, as part of the renowned Fox Run House Concert Series.

 

Praise for Rabbit Hole, released in late 2016, has been spreading throughout the Americana world; Rolling Stone, American Songwriter and the Alternate Root have weighed in with web reviews of Crockett’s Blue Rock Artists release, his 12th solo album and first in seven years.

 

Rolling Stone placed Crockett on a list titled “10 Country Artists You Need to Know: January 2017” calling his warm sound “coffeehouse folk without pretension.”

 

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

 

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

 

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