A.J. Croce is living proof that musical talent runs in the veins. Though Croce is the son of legendary performer Jim Croce, who topped the charts with his hit, “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown,” he didn’t grow up under his father’s artistic influence; tragically, the elder Croce was killed in a plane crash when A.J. was only two years old. But A.J. was already showing talent at the piano at the age of six, and by the time he turned 17, his future as a performer was clear.
In 1995 A.J. cemented his own legacy with the release of his album, That’s Me In The Bar. Now, for its 20th Anniversary, Compass Records is re-releasing the genre-spanning album along with a previously unreleased bonus track, “If You Want Me to Stay,” which Croce re-recorded for the release with some talented pals, including David Hidalgo from Los Lobos and Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers fame.
Today, Elmore brings you the title track from the album, “That’s Me In The Bar,” a perfect foray into Croce’s sultry, smooth vocals and hyrid sound, from the wailing organ and harmonies of gospel to the lilting guitar stylings of the blues.
That’s Me In The Bar will be re-released on August 21st. Give the title track a listen below.