Having a well-known father generally is a combined blessing in the event you’re each singers, each songwriters, each musicians. Comparisons are virtually unavoidable, and so they’re not at all times truthful.
A.J. Croce was barely 2 years outdated when his father, singer-songwriter Jim Croce, died on takeoff in a small aircraft leaving Natchitoches Regional Airport in Louisiana, an hour after he’d carried out at Northwestern State College.
A.J. Croce acquired into music younger.
The 49-year-old started singing and enjoying piano in golf equipment in San Diego whereas he was in his teenagers. Into his 20s and 30s, he was touring with B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, James Brown and the Neville Brothers.
Croce stated when he heard his father’s music, it made him smile, however it gave him pause, too.
“A part of me may be very pleased with what he did,” stated the singer, who performs April 16 on “Mountain Stage” on the Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington. “However my profession has lasted so long as his whole life.”
A.J. Croce stated he loves his father’s music, takes his function as caretaker and curator of his father’s legacy very critically. However he’s not Jim Croce.
“My music is totally different,” he stated.
And evaluating the 2 can get in the way in which.
Nonetheless, Croce acknowledges that he and his father had some widespread musical threads, which he hoped to share when he performed “Mountain Stage” in April. His set might be a pattern of his 2021 “Croce on Croce” tour, which is a mixture of the daddy’s songs, the son’s songs and among the music they’ve in widespread.
The tour might need taken place final 12 months, together with Croce’s newest file, “By Request,” which was launched in February. However like everybody else, his plans have been affected by the pandemic.
All of his exhibits have been canceled, together with an look with the traditional rock band America, which was a part of the spring Marshall Artists Collection in Huntington.
Croce is just now getting again to performing in public.
“I’m not going to overlook the pandemic, however I’m going to overlook the lockdown,” he stated. “I had a lot enjoyable with the ability to apply and write and skim and watch outdated motion pictures and research issues I simply hadn’t had an opportunity to do in the identical approach since I used to be an adolescent.”
Amongst different issues, he spent a variety of time practising the guitar.
His father sang and performed acoustic guitar. A.J. Croce, principally, performs piano and listens to a variety of piano music, together with classical works by Bach and Chopin, in addition to jazz artists like Duke Ellington and Teddy Wilson.
“I began enjoying the guitar later,” he defined.
Throughout the lockdown, he labored on his music, which Croce stated took time to get into muscle reminiscence earlier than it was ever able to be performed in entrance of an viewers.
His new file, he stated, was ironic for the pandemic 12 months. Whereas stay performances in entrance of a stay viewers have been scarce, loads of musicians have hosted intimate on-line exhibits by their web sites or on social media.
“By Request” was devised as a set of Croce house-concert favorites.
“These have been all songs I performed for buddies, that they requested on evenings during the last 30 years,” he stated.
The file was like an invite to his home to hang around by the piano.
“I had no concept that it could have the relevance that it did when it acquired launched,” Croce stated.
Issues look like altering. The variety of individuals dying due to COVID-19 is declining, restrictions for stay efficiency are starting to ease, however the singer/songwriter is including bookings slowly.
“I’m able to go if it’s protected for everybody,” he stated. “I need my band to be protected. I need the viewers to be protected. I need the individuals on the venue to be protected.”
Within the meantime, he stated he was excited to convey his “Croce performs Croce” present to the “Mountain Stage.”
“It’s the primary time we’ve shared this music with the nation on radio,” he stated. “I’m actually excited to do this.”