On Thursday, December 7, the Brooklyn Arts Center hosted the retro-inspired rock and roll sounds of JD McPherson supported by honky tonk celebrity Charley Crockett with a show that brought the house down.
Honky tonk celebrity? Yep. Crockett is a direct descendent of Davy Crockett, except Charlie plays way better honky tonk. Crockett opened his set with a selection of songs from his newest record, Lil G.L.’s Honky Tonk Jubilee, and played a few cuts from his earlier albums. “People ask if I just play the blues,” Crockett said on stage. “I mean, I live in the country. I have the blues. And I do play music.” Crockett made the audience laugh out loud and dance like crazy. He finished his set to thunderous applause.
JD McPherson’s newest album, Undivided Heart & Soul, featuring the single “Lucky Penny,” was released early October 2017. Although JD and the band love making records, they’ve built their fan base by getting out on the road. “We’ve sort of built our reputation on the live show,” said McPherson. “So, we’re really proud of that. It’s a lot of energy and a pretty eclectic mix of songs that have appeared across three records.” McPherson’s previous albums, Signs & Signifiers and Let the Good Times Roll, combine strong rhythm with rockabilly notes to create a listening experience you don’t want to miss—both live and recorded.
McPherson’s set list included songs from the new album and featured highlights from his two previous releases. “The more tours we do, we figure out what flows better together, so we’ve got it pretty well down pat now,” McPherson said. “Lucky Penny” from the new album, Undivided Heart & Soul, has more than 1,000,000 hits on Spotify. Highlights from the previous albums that made it into the set at the BAC included “Let the Good Times Roll” from the album of the same name, “Head Over Heels,” “Firebug,” “A Gentle Awakening,” and an encore featuring “North Side Gal.”
This combination of artists created a unique audience—the youngest attendee danced with a sippy cup in hand—and while some guests danced out of the BAC as soon as the set was over, others lingered until well after the lights came up.