A.J. Croce: Now it's 'fun' to play dad's music

He's got a name.

And A.J. Croce is finally comfortable with that name.

"I wanted my own identify and I wanted to do the music that felt natural to me," Croce said by phone from his home in Nashville. Croce, the son of the late singer/songwriter Jim Croce ("Time in a Bottle," "I've Got a Name," "Operator") will perform a concert, "Two Generations of American Music" May 6 at Mayo Civic Center.

 

"The main idea is to sort of give an overview of the music my father created, the music I created, and the music that influenced both of us," Croce said.

Croce was not quite 2 years old when his father was killed in 1973 in a plane crash. He obviously inherited his dad's musical ability, and has had a relatively successful career in music since the early 1990s. He started out in rootsy blues and folk, much like his father did, and gradually moved toward a more pop-oriented style. Of his 2009 album, "Cage of Muses," the All Music Guide said the record "is further proof that A.J. Croce remains one of the more underrated roots rockers out there."

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