A.J. Croce is a multi-instrumentalist roots-rock artist, known for his boogie-woogie piano playing reminiscent of Dr. John. He’s hard to pin down – collaborating with everyone from Willie Nelson, to the Neville Brothers, to Ben Harper, to Bela Fleck.
Although he’s the son of the legendary Jim Croce, his life has not been charmed. Music has provided a refuge and an important connection to his father, who died when he was an infant. At age 4, a brain tumor left him completely blind for a time. Although he eventually recovered some sight, he turned to Ray Charles as an inspiration to start playing piano, and never looked back.
Croce plays a mix of classic songwriting styles and boogie-woogie piano, not fitting solidly into any strict genre categories. Like his father, Croce crafts expert songs that lean both amusing and tender, yet with his own unmistakable stamp.
If you like Dr. John, James Brown, Allen Toussaint, Elvis Costello, or Ray Charles, then AJ Croce’s red-hot live show will be right up your alley.
From his debut as a jazz influenced blues-based artist to his evolution into a pop music iconoclast, singer-songwriter A.J. Croce has traveled a circuitous musical road.
The son of legendary singer-songwriter Jim Croce, A.J.’s career began with his first tour at age 18 opening up for B.B. King. In the span of a 20+-year career, A.J. has headlined festivals, concerts and major listening venues worldwide. He has been seen and heard on shows including Jay Leno, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Austin City Limits, Good Morning America, E!, and CNN.
Croce’s performance Friday January 6th kicks off the 5th annual January Jams concert series at Barter Theatre. The series continues the next night with roots-rock favorite Justin Townes Earle January 7th. Weekend packages for both shows are available through Barter Theatre.
The series continues through January 21st, and includes bluegrass legends like John Cowan, Del McCoury, and the Infamous Stringdusters, as well as hot up-and-coming acts Mandolin Orange and Parker Millsap.
“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.
AJ Croce performs Friday, January 6th 2017 @ The Historic Barter Theatre, Abingdon, VA.