Texan singer-songwriter Charley Crockett is readying a new covers album, and it’s not surprising to see his rendition of “Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues” on the tracklist. After all, the country standard was literally calling his name.
The classic’s been covered by everyone from Elvis Presley to Willie Nelson, but Crockett’s rendition is still worth a listen. Stripped of the harmonica, slide guitar and whistles that permeate the Danny O’Keefe original, “Good Time Charley’s Got the Blues” focuses on Crockett’s defeated voice and his soothing guitar licks.
The song will feature on the 15-track album Lil GL’s Blue Bonanza, which collects Crockett’s takes on material by T-Bone Walker, Ray Charles and others. The record reflects his reverence of his musical forebears, and his belief in the importance of music history.
“I think that the best artists, whether they’re working in country music or hip hop, are always bringing the tradition back to the front,” he said in a statement. “I believe America’s greatest era of songwriters already happened, and the people who are pushing it forward are drawing heavily from the older stuff.”
Lil GL’s Blue Bonanza is due December 7 on Thirty Tigers. Stream “Good Time Charley’s Got the Blues” below: