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A.J. Croce presents concert

Concert celebrates 20th anniversary and re-release of 'That's Me in the Bar'

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - 'That's Me in the Bar' is A.J. Croces acclaimed album, first released in 1996. Croce will present a concert of the songs on the album Aug. 1 at Lake Theater and Cafe in Lake Oswego.

Fresh off the release of his most ambitious project yet, A.J. Croce is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his acclaimed album, “That’s Me in the Bar,” with a performance Aug. 1 at Lake Theater and Café as part of the Monday Music series. Croce will perform songs off “Twelve Tales” and “That’s Me in the Bar,” as well as songs from his complete repertoire. The show begins at 7 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m. at the Lake Theater, 106 N. State St., Lake Oswego. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased online at laketheatercafe-com.seatengine.com.

Compass Records re-released the highly successful album, “That’s Me in the Bar,” in celebration of its 20th anniversary last year. Along with old favorites featuring his unique jazz piano stylings and blues-tinged voice, the re-release features a bonus track, “If You Want Me to Stay;” recorded two decades ago, it was locked in the vault until now. The track features Red Hot Chili Peppers funky base player Flea; Croce re-recorded the vocals this year in Los Angeles.

The album boasts appearances by Ry Cooder, Bill Payne of Little Feat, Robben Ford, Sweet Pea Atkinson, Waddy Wachtel, Sid Page of Sly Stone and the Family Stone, and others.

Croce is the son of singer-songwriter Jim Croce. He began his career at age 18, opening for B.B. King, and has since spanned genres from jazz to Americana to blues to pop. He was blinded as a result of abuse from his mother’s boyfriend at age four, and regained partial vision at age 10. During that time, he taught himself to play piano while listening to other great blind artists like Ray Charles.

Croce has written with artists including Robert Earl Keen, Gary Nicholson, Roger Brown and Will Jennings, and headlined festivals and shared the stage with artists including Ray Charles, Lyle Lovett, James Brown and Rod Stewart. Croce’s eight studio albums have charted on seven U.S. radio charts including Top 40, College, Americana, and Blues. Additionally, Croce has performed on Leno, Letterman, Conan and Austin City Limits and received praise from The New York Times, Rolling Stone, People Magazine and more.

— The Review, Tidings