By Maxim Mower
Charley Crockett has continued his run of high-profile TV appearances with an interview and performance on The Daily Show.
As well as chatting to the host, Jordan Klepper, about his wild, colourful journey in the music business so far, Crockett also stepped onto the studio stage for a powerful rendition of ‘Name on a Billboard’.
The track features on Crockett's acclaimed 2022 album, The Man From Waco, which is being revamped for a special Redux version, due to be released on May 26. It'll include refreshed renditions of fan-favourites from the original, including ‘July Jackson’, ‘I'm Just A Clown’, ‘Just Like Honey’, ‘The Man From Waco’ and ‘Tom Turkey’.
The Texan crooner spoke about the creation of the latter, which is a completed version of Bob Dylan's unreleased track of the same name, during his interview on The Daily Show. He offered viewers an insight into the creative process behind it, as well as detailing the reasons why that Dylan's demo had always resonated with him.
In the same conversation, Crockett recalled how he'd held meetings with a number of label executives that are part of the Nashville ‘machine’, only to be left dissatisfied.
The discussion then delved into the various ways in which Charley Crockett has held his own and refused to bow down to the powers-that-be in Music City, which has contributed to the alt-country singer-songwriter's almost mythical status within the genre.
This perfectly set up Crockett's performance of ‘Name on a Billboard’, which references his previous experiences with the glitz and glamour that can often dazzle up-and-coming artists (“Thank you, sir / I'd like to thank you very much / Wish I could stay / Stay around for your free lunch / I got to go / And I hope you understand / That I'm not that kind of man”).
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