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(Thirty Tigers / Son Of Davy)

Release date: Friday, July 31st 2020

The new album from Charley Crockett is perhaps even more potent proof of his literal heartbreak than the scar on his chest. After undergoing open heart surgery that saved his life, Charley says he considered calming down for “just a minute” but once he recovered he did just the opposite. He states boldly with one eyebrow raised, “I wanted to make an album that would change the entire conversation about country music.” That album is Welcome to Hard Times, an aptly-named collection that perfectly fits these troubled days even though it was made just before the pandemic hit. The music was shaped by his heart issues and producer Mark Neill’s desire to make “a dark gothic country record.” Charley certainly knew how to deliver that. “I think you can hear that deep, dark sadness in this record,” he says, “but I think it’s the kind of darkness that will uplift others.”

With songwriting contributions from Pat McLaughlin and Dan Auerbach, Welcome To Hard Times is a genre bending mix of classic country, psychedelic spaghetti western and rhythm & blues. It may draw on heritage sounds, but this aptly-named collection perfectly fits these troubled times. 


Crockett shared his vision for the record, “This record is for the folks who feel like everything’s fixed. If you think you’re playing a rigged game, you’re right. If it seems like all the cards are marked in advance, they are. But you still gotta roll the dice, even when you know they’re loaded. “


  • 1. Welcome to Hard Times
  • 2. Run Horse Run
  • 3. Don't Cry
  • 4. Tennessee Special
  • 5. Fool Somebody Else
  • 6. Lilly My Dear
  • 7. Wreck Me
  • 8. Heads You Win
  • 9. Rainin' in My Heart
  • 10. Paint It Blue
  • 11. Blackjack Country Chain
  • 12. The Man That Time Forgot
  • 13. The Poplar Tree


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