A.J. Croce has covered his late father Jim Croce for his new album on a song that Jim never released.
The song ‘Name Of The Game’ was a song Jim wrote for what would have been his next album but he tragically died in a plane crash before finishing it.Now A.J. is going to mess around with Jim.
“The Name of the Game is a song I had known about for a really long time,” says A.J.. “It was destined for my dad’s next record that he never got to make. The song had been bootlegged, just him playing guitar, but it had never been properly recorded. I thought this song really fit this album. We listened to a couple of my father’s demos and final recordings and tried to treat the song with the respect it deserves — while still making it my own. At the beginning of our track, Colin Linden — who’s amazing — is playing the same guitar my father wrote the song on. You can tell it’s a Jim Croce song, no doubt. And I just love Vince Gill’s playing, so I called him up to add his musical touch to it too.”
Jim Croce died in a plane crash in 1973 at age 30. A.J., then two, is how 45.
A.J. Croce’s ‘Just Like Medicine’ album, featuring ‘Name of the Game’, is due August 11, 2017.
The Just Like Medicine track list
• Gotta Get Outta My Head
• The Heart That Makes Me Whole
• Name Of The Game
• Cures Just Like Medicine
• Move On
• The Other Side Of Love
• Full Up
• I Couldn’t Stop
• Hold You
• The Roads