AJ Croce is set to perform the music of his father, the late Jim Croce, on a coast to coast tour that will run into 2018.
Pictures of Jim and AJ Croce.
There are 11 shows scheduled for his “Croce: Two Generations of American Music” tour, but there are considerable gaps between shows. The gigs start Jan. 12 in Fayetteville, Ark., and ending March 10, 2018 in Roscommon, Mich.
The Tennessee –based artist also has a double-header booked at Sangamon Auditorium in Springfield, Ill., June 24-25. He also plays Tonder Festival in Denmark in August.
AJ is a bluesman who does most of his performing from the keyboard. His father was the guitarist responsible for hits like “Time in a Bottle” and “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown.” Jim Croce died in a plane crash in 1973, when his son was only two years old.
AJ said he grew up listening to his father’s records, but has recently learned more about the influences that made Jim’s sound and realized that he wanted to perform some of his dad’s stuff alongside his own. He will be performing the “Two Generations” shows with David Barard on bass, Tony Morra on drums for some shows and Gary Mallaber on the others.
Croce is also putting together a new album, which he has described as “soul-inspired” and has invited the The McCrary Sisters to help make it.
Here is the routing for the “Two Generations” tour:
Jan. 12 – Fayetteville, Ark., Walton Arts Center
Jan. 13 – Memphis, Tenn., Halloran Centre For Performing Arts & Education
Jan. 14 – Franklin, Tenn., Franklin Theatre
April 29 – Mountain View, Ark., Ozark Folk Center
May 21 – Saint Charles, Ill., Arcada Theatre
June 24 – Springfield, Ill., Sangamon Auditorium
June 25 – Springfield, Ill., Sangamon Auditorium
July 12 – Lakeside, Ohio, Hoover Auditorium
Oct. 13 – Baraboo, Wisc., Al Ringling Theatre
Oct. 14 – Wautoma, Wisc., Performing Arts Center
Nov. 3 – Billings, Mont., Alberta Bair Theater
Nov. 4 – Bozeman, Mont., Ellen Theatre
Nov. 17 – Green Valley, Ariz., Green Valley Recreation Center
Tickets to select dates are on sale now. You can learn more at AJCroceMusic.com.