LISTEN: Charley Crockett and Willie Nelson Duet

Charley Crockett and Willie Nelson just released a new duet, “That’s What Makes The World Go Around.” (listen above) The laid back two-beat swing was co-written by Crockett, Kullen Fox, Rich Brotherton and Taylor Grace. Crockett and Nelson trade verses throughout, telling the story of a woman pulled between late nights and simple pleasures like watching “children in the street / out there playing right up til night fall.”

“Willie called me up, said he was out at Pedernales cuttin’, and asked if I had any songs ready he could jump on,” explains Crockett. “I told him I had plenty. Hung up the phone, drove out to Billy Horton’s place, and wrote a couple on the spot. We fired ‘em off to Spicewood where he sang and took a ride on one that very next day. When I heard him come in singing on his first line, I shed a tear. Then his leads on Trigger hit, and I was crying!”

Crockett performed at both nights of Willie Nelson’s 90th birthday celebration at the Hollywood Bowl in April 2023, and made his Bonnaroo debut last summer ( was there for that show). Crockett also released The Man From Waco Redux, a companion to The Man From Waco featuring alternate versions of five songs, and Live from the Ryman, which documented Crockett’s sold out November 2022 debut at the Mother Church.

Crockett will hit the ground running on tour in 2024. Unfortunately the closest he’ll com to Nashville is the Grind City Fest in Memphis on Apr 5th.

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