‘$10 Cowboy’ – Charley Crockett – New Album Review
UPDATED: April 26, 2024
UPDATED: April 26, 2024
Charley Crockett $10 Cowboy

Charley Crockett returns with what he does best: that modern mix of neo-traditional country music. Somewhere between a 1950s crooner, a modern-day troubadour, and an eclectic stoner making synth beats in his mother’s basement. His 13th album, $10 Cowboy, chock-full of “down on your luck” ballads, gives us a wide range of experimentation with synth organs and honky-tonk electric guitars, all the while doubling down on that old-school, vintage attitude Crockett is so well known for.

Highlights, Songs and Lyrics

Every track on $10 Cowboy has something unique to captivate its listeners, but some stand out for their unique storytelling and musical style as Crockett dabbles in the surreal with added synth and dreamlike organs.

The song America features a somber yet intense dialogue between the protagonist and the nation, critiquing its flaws against a backdrop of organ and saxophone solos. However, it is in his cowboy-esque tales and ballads where Crockett’s songwriting and vocal talents truly shine.

Hard Luck and Circumstances harks back to the classic country music of the 1950s, complete with honky-tonk guitars and Telecaster licks. Crockett’s voice, straight from the old tubed radio, moans his struggles through the chorus: “Hard luck and circumstances brought me here, and if they hang around any longer, I might just disappear.”

Right on the heels of Hard Luck and Circumstances, we get another uppercut to the heart with Good At Losing, echoing this poor dude’s misfortune in nearly every city. Musically, it stays true to the cowboy way, incorporating fiddles (or violins……) and grand pianos.

More Standout Tracks

One of the standout tracks on the album is Spade, a classic country and western ballad that captures angst and tension. This song tells the story of a drifter who takes justice into his own hands against those who wronged him. Its galloping rhythm is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Another highlight is Ain’t Done Losing Yet, which could be called the new blue-collar anthem. This track revisits the familiar theme of bad luck and hard times, but with a melancholic yet positive twist. With a determined attitude to either win or have a great time trying, Crockett belts out the lyrics, “I ain’t done losing yet,” with pride.

Solitary Road takes listeners on another journey into cowboy ballad brilliance. With hard-driving guitars, a synth organ, and an urgent drum rhythm, the song paints a vivid picture of a Solitary Road filled with vagrants, jackals, and filth as Crockett makes his way to the “city.” The writing is a testament to Crockett’s skill, with a deliberate yet ambiguous meaning filled with biblical-esque metaphors drawing parallels to a downtrodden musician. This powerful cinematic tune is well-suited to accompany the big screen.

‘Tracklist:

Song Title Length
$10 Cowboy 3:35
America 3:23
Hard Luck & Circumstances 3:04
Good At Losing 3:44
Gettin’ Tired Again 2:50
Spade 2:29
Diamond In The Rough 3:18
Ain’t Done Losing Yet 3:18
Solitary Road 3:31
City Of Roses 3:36
Lead The Way 3:58
Midnight Cowboy 2:57

Final Thoughts

Crockett delivers an album about losing….But $10 Cowboy wins big. 

Overall, $10 Cowboy lives up to and exceeds the high expectations set by his previous work. Known for his effortlessly cool outlaw vibe, Crockett brings exactly that to this new album. The album as a whole showcases his talent for clever songwriting with themes of bad luck, classic cowboy ballads, and perseverance of the downtrodden.

The musicianship is both surgical and innovative, never staying to far from the country and western roots that Crockett is celebrated for, yet it brings a fresh twist that keeps things interesting. This album is a clear testament to why Crockett is considered the pillar of the country music today. $10 Cowboy is just another reason why this man is carrying the torch.

 

Album Release: April 26, 2024

Label:Son of Davy marketed and distributed by Thirty Tigers

Favorite Tracks: Ain’t Done Losing Yet, Solitary Road

RootsnRevelry Grade:                           

B-

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