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  • Summary: The latest full-length release for the Texan Americana singer-songwriter comes after recovering from open heart surgery.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
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  1. Jul 31, 2020
    100
    Welcome To Hard Times is his most magnificent album yet.
  2. Jul 31, 2020
    80
    It’s good news for fans that Crockett was neither slowed down by open heart surgery nor content to sit on an album he released just a year ago. He has a way of telling stories that make his songs something you experience rather than just hear.
  3. 80
    Crockett is not aiming for edgy but neither is he slick, overly smooth or worse, commercially motivated. Even when the songs describe the titular hard times, his affable approach makes them go down easy and, like the best performers, leaves you wanting more.
  4. Mojo
    Jul 31, 2020
    80
    There's something likable and everyman about his voice, which sits easily with the variety of vintage country styles on these 14 new songs. [Sep 2020, p.87]
  5. Uncut
    Jul 31, 2020
    80
    Crockett's warm, buttery vocals melt through his latest collection, which delves into mid-century cowboy soundtracks for its cinematic plushness and moody grace. [Sep 2020, p.28]
  6. Aug 6, 2020
    80
    Burnished by a production that cannily recalls the echo-drenched LPs of the 1950s and early 1960s without ever succumbing to nostalgic fetishism. To Crockett, this sound is as timeless and telling as old folklore, which is why the retro vibes of Welcome To Hard Times feels so vital: it's not a revival, it's part of the continuum of great American music.
  7. Jul 31, 2020
    70
    He's the voice-over narrator that one frequently hears in old Western movies or the theme song that spells out the action before we even witness it. Crockett understands that the differences between the white-hatted hero and the black Stetson-wearing outlaw all depends on one's perspective.
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  1. Aug 5, 2020
    10
    You do not want to miss this album. It has soul and it has heartache. Truly beautiful.