Photo Gallery: Charley Crockett & The Blue Drifters + Caitlin Harnett & The Pony Boys – The Metro Theatre, Sydney (01.03.23)

Charley Crockett played his first ever gig in Australia at Sydney’s The Metro Theatre and he didn’t disappoint. He was supported by local Sydney darlings Caitlin Harnett & The Pony Boys. Caitlin drank all the tequila, broke hearts, won hearts and was without doubt the perfect support act for the Texan.

Charley and his band The Blue Drifters played songs from his vast catalogue of country, blues and Americana.

The Blue Drifters arrived on stage announcing Charley Crockett with”The Man From Waco” theme. From the openers “Cowboy Candy” and “Time of the Cottonwood Trees” fans quickly responded to Charley’s Texan charisma, dancing and singing along. “The Man From Waco”, the title song from his latest release was a stand out with that golden country guitar twang sound and “Welcome to Hard Times” which comes accross as autobiographical. Here’s to the good times.

Charley Crockett & The Blue Drifters @ The Metro Theatre

Charley paid tribute to fellow Texan legend James “Slim” Hand with a trilogy “Midnight Run”, “Lesson in Depression” and “Don’t Tell Me That” off his album covering Slims songs 10 for Slim

He covered the Jerry Reed classic “I feel For You” and then announced “They call me country, but underneath it’s nothing but the blues” before breaking into the T-Bone Walker cover “Travelin’ Blues”. Out came the banjo and Charley effortlessly played “Lily My Dear” off his album Welcome to Hard Times.

After the fans chanted “Charley, Charley, Charley” he returned for the encore and finished with his classic song “I’m Just a Clown”.

I have to admit I was introduced to Charley Crockett only recently after listening to Henry Wagons Country and Americana show on Double J radio and became an instant fan. Thanks Henry!

Charley Crockett & The Blue Drifters @ The Metro Theatre

Tour Dates for Charley Crockett below.

2nd March The Tivoli, Brisbane
4th March Tent Pole Festival, Mt Duneed Estate
5th March Northcote Theatre, Melbourne
6th March Northcote Theatre, Melbourne

Tickets can be found HERE

Charley Crockett Setlist:
The Man From Waco Theme
Cowboy Candy
Time of the Cottonwood Trees
Just Like Honey
Black Sedan
Man From Waco
Lonely in Person
The Valley
Jukebox Charley
Music City USA
I Need Your Love
Midnight Run
Lesson in Depression
Don’t Tell Me That
Tom Turkey,
Welcome to Hard Times
Name on a Billboard
The Jamestown Ferry
I Feel For You
Travelin’ Blues
Lily My Dear
Around This World
Trinity River
Run Horse Run
5 More Miles,

In The Night

Blackjack County Chain
Goin’ Back to Texas
I’m Just a Clown.
Words and Images by Peter Dovgan