After overcoming a life-threatening health scare in 2019, Texas country-blues singer Charley Crockett (real name no gimmicks, and apparently he's related to Davy Crockett) is now set to release his next album, Welcome to Hard Times, on July 31 via Thirty Tigers (pre-order). The album was produced by Mark Neill (Black Keys, Old 97's) and it features co-writing by Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach and veteran singer/songwriter Pat McLaughlin.

Charley recently put out the breezy title track and its video, and we're now premiering new single "Run Horse Run," which is a little darker and more sinister. If you like your outlaw country with a haunting, psychedelic edge, you'll like this. Charley knows how to stay true to the genre's classic '70s era while also sounding as fresh as the genre's current leaders like Margo Price who he's shared the stage with.

Here's more background on the video (co-directed by Charley and Bobby Cochran), via press release:

The video is part of a cinematic series of music videos, where Crockett plays the same lonesome character traveling through the American wilderness. This episode features Crockett sprinting across desert landscapes, alongside train cars and galloping on horseback. He also continues the recurring theme of speaking on a mystical yellow phone and clutching a vintage clock. Speaking about the inspiration for the video, Crockett stated, “When I’m in Las Vegas I like to sit at the bar and watch all the races on the screens inside the Wynn Casino. There’s a comfort I find in knowing those horses are running. I remember watching people place bets on the races in the French quarter. All the old time gamblers pouring over the news papers trying to get a fix on who’s thoroughbred was gonna come through. It’s a wild chance to take because with horses it’s really anybody’s guess. And there’s so many different ways to bet. There’s a lot of cheating going on too. A champion horse might retire to green pastures. The forgotten one’s don’t always fair so good. That reminds me a lot of the game I’m playing.”

He adds, “I feel like those race horses, coming out of nowhere from the back of the line, all the odds against you. You better watch out too because you might look over your shoulder to see me behind you thinking you’re winning but really you’re just about to get lapped. In horse racing anything can happen and the ones who start out first might end up last.”

Check out the new video and the album artwork and tracklist below.

Charley Crockett Hard Times

Welcome To Hard Times
Run Horse Run
Don’t Cry
Tennessee Special
Fool Somebody Else
Lily My Dear
Wreck Me
Heads You Win
Rainin’ In My Heart
Paint It Blue
Black Jack County Chain
The Man That Time Forgot
The Poplar Tree

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