A.J. Croce appeared on the music scene in the early 1990s with a seemingly anachronistic mix of classic songwriting and ‘boogie-woogie’-style piano playing.
But he’s enjoyed modest success over a career of eight albums. He’s also collaborated with Willie Nelson, the Neville Brothers, and Ben Harper.
But only recently had he begun to reflect on the music of his famous father, Jim Croce, who died when A.J. was just three.
He’d long avoided playing his father’s music. But something changed one day when he was sorting through family archives.
He discovered there was a common bond between himself and the father he never knew.
A.J. Croce’s latest shows combine his own music with that of his father’s, and then bridge the two with some of the music he’d discovered they both loved. Particularly classic R&B and soul.
Listen to the interview:
I spoke with A.J. Croce by phone in May, 2016.