Last night, Charley Crockett ticked off every country music bucket list by headlining the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
He’d previously performed as an opening act, but this was a huge step forward for the San Benito, Texas native, especially considering he’d previously gone against the industry quite a bit with the title track on his 2021 album Music City USA, a song that is definitely one of my favorites from him.
Charley is by far one of the hardest workers in the genre, releasing music at an absolutely frantic pace, all from all-new original works like man from Waco to James “Slim” hand covers 10 For Slim.
He’s also managed to keep up that pace despite a crazy touring schedule that seems to be getting longer by the day big fall run and was recently featured as the opener for Tyler Childers’ Send in the Hounds tour.
But even he should have stopped, caught his breath, and savored the moment as he headlined the mother church of country music.
A few fan videos from the night were posted online, but one that really caught my eye was his performance of “Lily, My Dear” from the album that really started the last few years of crazy growth. Welcome to hard times.
In his classic, swaggering western waltz style, he delivered the heartbreaking ballad of a man on the floor who meets the girl who sent him there while strumming the old banjo.
There’s something about the direct simplicity of the chorus that’s true to me every time I hear it, even though I’m a happily engaged man (had to interject that just in case the lady is reading this…)
“Lily, my darling
lily my love
What terrible reason did you come here for?
is it for money
Is it for pride?
Or just for the joy of seeing me die?”
Such lovely songwriting and such a beautiful performance, no wonder Charley has exploded and shown no signs of slowing down.
https://www.whiskeyriff.com/2022/11/15/charley-crockett-makes-ryman-headlining-debut-crushes-performance-of-lily-my-dear/ Charley Crockett Makes Ryman Headlining Debut, Crushes Performance Of “Lily My Dear”