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Austin's king of
honky-tonk performs on NPR's Mountain Stage
New episode out on April 3, click
here for local listings and airtimes
album, Call Me Insane, out June 9 on Red
TX: Dale Watson, keeper of the true country music flame, will
be featured on the next episode of NPR's
Mountain Stage. The episode will premiere on Friday,
April 3; click here for stations and airtimes. Watson will be previewing new
songs from his upcoming release Call Me Insane, a new studio album recorded
in Austin with veteran producer Lloyd
Maines (Robert Earl Keen, Jerry Jeff Walker, etc.) The album will be
released on June 9in North America via Red
House/Ameripolitan Records on CD, digital, and vinyl. Dubbed "the silver
pompadoured, baritone beltin', Lone Star beer drinkin', honky-tonk hellraiser"
by The Austin Chronicle, Watson recently sat
in with Jimmy Kimmel’s house band as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC)from SXSW. He also emceed the first ever SXSW
“Ameripolitan” showcase featuring the best of Honky-tonk, Outlaw Country,
Rockabilly and Texas Swing music.
For Jones,” a love song to the music of the legendary George Jones, “A
Day At A Time,” about “getting by by barely getting by;” “Call
Me Insane,” the album’s moody title track; “Bug
Ya For Love,” a fun warning to all the single ladies, and “Mamas
Don’t Let Your Cowboys Grow Up To Be Babies.” (Yes, it is an answer song to
the Waylon Jennings/Willie Nelson hit.) “Crocodile
Tears” is a barstool weeper that sounds like an instant classic and “Burden
Of The Cross,” a reference to the tragic death of Watson's fiance in a car
crash, show's his serious side.
Call Me Insanewas recorded in Austin by Watson and his ace touring band, “His Lone Stars”:
Don Pawlak (pedal steel), Mike Bernal (drums & percussion), and Chris Crepps
(upright bass & background vocals). Dale plays electric guitar throughout
and Lloyd Maines added acoustic guitar. They were joined in the studio by Danny
Levin on piano and the Honky Tonk Horns: Jon Blondell (trombone), Joey Colarusso
(saxophone), and Ricky White (trumpet).
Since the release
ofEl Rancho Azulin 2013, Watson’s profile has risen considerably via appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman
(CBS),Austin City Limits and The Sun Sessions(PBS) and as a guest on NPR’sWait Wait... Don’t Tell Me and American
Routes. A veteran touring artist and consummate entertainer, he is on
the road more than 300 days a year. He also put his money where his heart is and
took over ownership of two struggling Texas honky-tonks, the Little Longhorn
Saloon in Austin (home of Chicken $#!+ Bingo) and The Big T Roadhouse in St.
Hedwigs (outside San Antonio). If not on the road, he and His Lone Stars
perform at one of them each Sunday.
Dale has flown
the flag for classic honky-tonk for over two decades. He’s christened his brand
of American roots music "Ameripolitan” to differentiate it from current crop of
Nashville-based pop country. The Alabama-born, Texas-raised Watson may be the
hardest working entertainer today and is rapidly approaching legendary
status. He is a country music maverick, a
true outlaw who stands alongside Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and George
Strait as one of the finest country singers and songwriters from the Lone Star
KIND WORDS: “I’m one of Dale’s biggest fans. -
Willie Nelson “Country music’s a crazy, gold-diggin’ whore, and
Dale Watson wants a divorce.” -
The Austin Chronicle
“Graced with a deep, fluid George Jones-ish voice,
Watson was mesmerizing, whether making fun of The Voice’s faux-country judge on
‘Old Fart (Song For Blake)”’or simmering through a train-chugging original such
as ‘My Baby Makes Me Gravy.’” -
The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Nothing else is Dale Watson. In he strode in a long
black Cash-worthy coat with long leather cuffs and a tux shirt. His white hair
was ship’s prow, or perhaps a mighty iceberg. And his Telecaster guitar,
festooned with silver coins of every size and denomination, glinted in the
footlights. All through, Dale’s banter was loose and wry. His guitar tone was
just platonically perfect.” - Music
call Dale Watson’s music country is like calling Ray Charles’ music soul ...
both have an air of authenticity that transcends genres and demands that they be
put into a class of one. Ray Charles is gone, but you can see Dale
Watson…" - The
"...he proved that he is the real deal, and when it
comes to tradition, sometimes you can't get too much of a good thing."
Standard Time "This songwriter prides himself on crafting
authentic, old-school country music, which he does so quite masterfully. Watson
definitely nails the old-school country star persona." -
No Country For New Nashville
He’s spent the past two decades proving there are still powerful tales to be
told from the honky-tonk pulpit, and he's brought that message to the