Croce Plays Croce
50th Anniversary Tour
Peace Concert Hall
Multi-faceted singer/songwriter A.J. Croce is hitting the road again in celebration of his father Jim Croce’s work and performing works from the legendary albums Life and Times, I Got A Name, and You Don’t Mess Around With Jim. The Croce Plays Croce 50th Anniversary show – which features a legendary band (drummer Gary Mallaber, bassist David Barard, guitar/violin James Pennebaker) and a moving presentation accompanying Jim’s songs – was inspired by A.J.’s connection to the fans, the players, and his father’s timeless music.
This 50th anniversary tour builds upon A.J.’s previous critically-praised performances where he shared intimate aspects of his father’s career, showcased his own musical style, and provided insights into Jim’s enduring musical canon. While Jim’s work still resonates on radio, streaming, movies, and shows, it is A.J.’s showmanship that enlivens the legacy of the music by inviting “the sold-out crowds into his father’s worldview and work mindset, culminating in the playing of Jim Croce tunes . . . making for an intimate experience riddled with wryness and humor.”
Two of Jim Croce’s finest albums Life and Times and I Got A Name were both released in 1973 and featured hits like “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown,” which peaked at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, as well as “I’ll Have to Say I Love You In A Song” and “Workin’ At The Car Wash Blues.” A.J. is focused on keeping the shows featuring these albums fresh and spontaneous by letting the musicians “have a level of improvisation that makes it a lot of fun.”
Fans and critics who attended last year’s shows are thrilled that A.J. is readying another affectionate interpretation of his father’s enduring legacy. The shows have renewed interest in Jim Croce and garnered praise for A.J: “I think they come as a Jim Croce fan but also leave as fans of mine. That’s something that has also made this whole experience really amazing.”