Los Angeles, CA – Fresh off of his new release of his most ambitious project yet, Twelve Tales, Croce now celebrates the 20th anniversary of his acclaimed album That’s Me in the Bar. Croce will be performing songs off of Twelve Tales and That’s Me in the Bar, as well as songs from his complete repertoire. Friday September 23rd in Spearfish, SD at Matthews Opera House at 7:30PM on 612 Main St., Spearfish, SD 57783. Tickets available here: Matthews Opera House
Compass Records put out the rerelease of A.J. Croce’s highly successful album, That’s Me in the Bar, in celebration of its 20th anniversary. With his unique jazz piano stylings and blues-tinged voice, the 12-track album established Croce as a singular artistic force in 1995. The rerelease features a bonus track, “If You Want Me to Stay,” recorded 20 years ago but locked in the vault until now which, features Red Hot Chili Peppers funky bass player Flea and had the vocals re-recorded by Croce this year in Los Angeles.
Hailed by The Boston Globe as “a thoughtful, probing record,” That’s Me in the Bar boasts appearances from the likes of Ry Cooder, Bill Payne (Little Feat), Robben Ford, Sweet Pea Atkinson (Was (Not Was)), Waddy Wachtel, Sid Page (Sly Stone & The Family Stone), and others. The album’s producer Jim Keltner was known for his selectivity behind the board, and he produced only four artists other than Croce: Jerry Lee Lewis and Ry Cooder, to name a couple. Croce and Keltner have remained close friends to this day.
Croce, son of legendary singer-songwriter Jim Croce, began his career at age 18 opening for B.B. King and has since spanned genres from jazz to Americana to blues to pop. He was blinded as a result of abuse from his mother’s boyfriend at age four, regaining partial vision at age ten. During that time he taught himself piano while listening to other great blind artists like Ray Charles.
David Wild of Rolling Stone considers him “one of our greatest young songwriters” – and with good reason. Croce has written with artists including Robert Earl Keen, Gary Nicholson, Roger Brown and Will Jennings, and headlined festivals and shared the stage with artists including Ray Charles, Lyle Lovett, James Brown and Rod Stewart. Croce‘s eight studio albums have charted on seven U.S. radio charts including Top 40, College, Americana, and Blues and charted 17 singles in the Top 20. Additionally, Croce has performed on Leno, Letterman, Conan and Austin City Limits and received praise from The New York Times, Rolling Stone, People Magazine and more.
“A.J. Croce has wisdom beyond his years. With his music, he represents his generation with a profound sense of honesty in his lyrics and quality in his delivery. The future of entertainment is safe in his hands!” – Willie Nelson