AJ Croce Re-Releases A Classic
"Croce brings his songs to life with unremitting energy and sophisticated soul." –CMJ, 1995
Compass Records is pleased to announce the rerelease of A.J. Croce’s highly successful album, That’s Me in the Bar, in celebration of its 20th anniversary. With his unique jazz piano stylings and blues-tinged voice, the 12-track album established Croce as a singular artistic force in 1995. The rerelease will feature a bonus track, “If You Want Me to Stay,” recorded 20 years ago but locked in the vault until now.
Written by Sly Stone, “If You Want Me to Stay” has all of the irresistible grooves found on the soul/funk king’s 1973 original. Producer Jim Keltner, “the leading session drummer in America” according to Bob Dylan, held down the percussion and invited a slew of illustrious friends to play on the record as well.
Multi-instrumentalist David Hidalgo’s (Los Lobos) masterful contributions include horn and accordion lines, while Keltner’s next-door-neighbor Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) added a heavy dose of funky bass. A.J. Croce, whose timeless voice has cured like good Scotch whisky, rerecorded the vocals in 2015 for the 20th anniversary rerelease.
Hailed by The Boston Globe as “a thoughtful, probing record,” That’s Me in the Bar boasts appearances from the likes of Billy Payne (Little Feat), Sweet Pea Atkinson (Was (Not Was)), Robben Ford, Ry Cooder, Waddy Wachtel, Sid Page (Sly Stone & The Family Stone), and others. The album’s producer Jim Keltner was known for his selectivity behind the board, and he produced only four artists other than Croce: Jerry Lee Lewis and Ry Cooder, to name a couple. Croce and Keltner have remained close friends to this day.
Croce, son of legendary singer-songwriter Jim Croce, began his career at age 17 opening for B.B. King. Unbound by genre, Croce’s music spans from jazz to Americana to blues to pop. Through the years, he’s worked with artists from all walks including Leon Russell, Ben Harper and Steve Poltz and headlined festivals and shared the stage with Ray Charles, James Brown, Lyle Lovett, and Rod Stewart. Croce has performed on television shows including Conan, David Letterman, Jay Leno, MTV, VH1, and E!, and climbed up seven radio charts including Top 40, Americana, Blues, College, and AAA.
Watch Croce’s performance and a young version of Conan O’Brien on his late night show in 1995: https://www.dropbox.com/s/aim1cpaa881utlo/A.J.%20Croce%20on%20Conan%2C%201995.mp4?dl=0