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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

DALE WATSON premieres fan-inspired track "David Buxkemper"

Red House Records

Dale pens a song for Texas truckin' farmer "David Buxkemper" 
CALL ME LUCKY out February 15, 2019 on Red House Records 

January 30, 2019: Memphis, TN: Over his lengthy career, honky-tonk artist Dale Watson has found songwriting inspiration in real-life situations and his interractions with fans. A chance email Watson received from Texas fan David Buxkemper led to the aforementioned "truckin' farmer" being immortalized in his namesake song, which appears on CALL ME LUCKY, Watson's February 15 release on Red House Records. 
"Him and his granddad would watch Hee Haw, and loved listening to truckin' songs as they were doing their farming," Watson tells The Boot. "So I wrote back and asked him to expound a little bit, because he had inspired me to write a song. He ended up telling me that he was an illegal truck driver two days out of the year. He kinda has to sneak his crop out twice a year, because he doesn't have the license for it," Watson added. "So I thought it was a great story, and with a name like that -- David Buxkemper?! You can't make that up."
Over the last three decades, Dale Watson has been labeled as everything from alt-country to Ameripolitan. But the most humble description may come from the title of his newest album, CALL ME LUCKY. A fixture of the Austin, Texas, music scene for years, Watson recorded all but one song on the album at historic Sam Phillips Recording in Memphis, TN. The album features some of Memphis’ finest as well as Dale’s longtime band, His Lone Stars, and includes a horn section on some of the tracks. In early 2018, he bought a house there and now divides his downtime equally between Texas and Tennessee. He also sold the bars he owned in Texas and purchased the fabled Memphis nightclub Hernando’s Hideaway in an effort to provide a hospitable place for touring musicians to perform.

Throughout CALL ME LUCKY, Watson’s songwriting is so descriptive that you can almost see him cruising into Memphis as he sings “Tupelo Mississippi and a ‘57 Fairlane,” a throwback tune backed by a Memphis-style horn section. Meanwhile, a Hank Williams influence seeps into “Haul Off and Do It,” which is already a favorite in Watson’s live shows. And like the music from his musical heroes, many of the new songs clock in at roughly three minutes long – sometimes less.

“I’ve always been a fan of keeping songs short,” Watson confirms. “Long ago, I went to a library and checked out Tom T. Hall’s How I Write Songs. And in there, he said it’s not about keeping the songs short, it’s keeping the point. Make your point and get out. That’s always been my way of writing. There are some songs I’ve written that go on a bit more like a story, but I guess it’s probably my ADD that I don’t drag it out too much.”

Watson featured artist on the sold-out Outlaw Country Cruise joining Margo Price, Lucinda Williams and others. He’ll then gear up for the Sixth Annual Ameripolitan Music Awards in Memphis in February. Founded and operated by Watson, the ambitious event celebrates touring roots artists who write their own music – a winning formula that Watson has embodied for more than 30 years.

“I write a lot. It doesn’t mean I write good songs, but I do write a lot of songs. So I think as with anything, you keep at it and you get better at it. But as for writing just a simple country song, I can accept that I’m good at that,” Watson says. “I’m just really, really grateful to be able to do what I do for a living, for as long as I’ve been doing it.”
For Dale’s full tour schedule, please visit

Track Listing:

1. Call Me Lucky
2. The Dumb Song
3. Johnny And June
4. Tupelo Mississippi And A '57 Fairline
5. Haul Off And Do It
6. Restless
7. David Buckskimper
8. Inside View
9. You Weren't Supposed To Feel This Good
10. Mama's Smile
11. Who Needs This Man


“Honky tonk hero recalls a celebratory Johnny Cash … very enjoyable”– MOJO

“…this album is a toe tapping treat for anyone who likes a large helping of down home honesty in their country music….get yourself a copy of this album, it’s one of Dale’s best and a great addition to any collection of good country listening”  – Country Music People

“Watson mixes a devilish charm with a touch of smarm” – Rolling Stone

“Watson infuses every track with unashamedly blue-collar, grass roots honesty.
”  – American Songwriter

"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 faithful.”  – The Nashville Scene 

 “I’m one of Dale’s biggest fans.” –  Willie Nelson

“His objective importance lies in his priceless role as devoted counter to insipid pop-country.”  – No Depression

2/1/2019 Continental Club-  Austin, TX

2/2/2019 The 4 Star Concert Hall - Brenham, TX

2/2/2019 Confederate Square - Gonzales, TX

2/14/2019 Gruene Hall - New Braunfels, TX

2/15/2019 Luckenbach Dance Hall - Fredericksburg, TX

2/16/2019 Broken Spoke - Austin, TX

2/23/2019 Blues City Cafe - Memphis, TX

3/1/2019 Longhorn Saloon - Fort Worth, TX

3/2/2019 The Broken Spoke - Austin, TX

3/6/2019 Rollins Studio Theatre -  Austin, TX

3/8/2019 Continental Club - Houston, TX

3/9/2019 Honky Tonk Texas - Silsbee, TX

3/12/2019 Gsdm-  Austin, TX

3/13/2019 Daryl's House - Pawling, NY

3/14/2019 The Birchmere -  Alexandria, VA

3/15/2019 Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse - Dunellen, NJ

3/16/2019 Murmrr Ballroom - Brooklyn, NY

3/17/2019 My Father's Place - Roslyn, NY

3/18/2019 The Locks at Sona - Philadelphia, PA

3/19/2019 Cafe Nine - New Haven, CT

3/20/2019 Godfrey Daniels - Bethlehem, PA

3/21/2019 Creative Alliance - Baltimore, MD

3/22/2019 Hard Rock Cafe - Pittsburgh, PA

3/23/2019 Circuit of the Americas - Del Valle, TX

4/5/2019 Continental Club - Austin, TX

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Wailin' Jennys premiere a song from their new album "Fifteen" out 10/27

Acclaimed folk trio The Wailin' Jennys announce the release of "Fifteen"

Fifteen, their first new album in six years, will be out on October 27
Select Live Dates Announced 

September 12, 2017: One of today’s most respected folk groups, The Wailin’ Jennys are releasing their first new recording in six years, Fifteen. This long-awaited follow-up to Bright Morning Stars finds the trio bringing their passion and stellar musicianship to a carefully curated collection of some of their favorite songs, including tracks by Tom Petty, Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton. Billboard is premiering the trio's delicately beautiful version of Tom Petty's "Wildflowers," long an audience favorite, and features an interview with Wailin' Jenny Nicky Mehta. For members Mehta, Ruth Moody and Heather Masse, Fifteen celebrates a 15-year musical partnership that has created three award-winning, Billboard-charting studio albums and one magical live recording and brought them a loyal worldwide fanbase.

Steeped in the artistry and elegance that has defined their career, Fifteen presents The Wailin’ Jennys at their very best. Opening with their stark-yet-exquisite rendering of “Old Churchyard,” sung a cappella over a single droning viola tone, the album then shifts to a gorgeous full-band acoustic version of Tom Petty’s “Wildflowers.” Other highlights include their moving interpretation of Emmylou Harris’s “Boulder to Birmingham,” their update of Paul Simon’s “Loves Me Like a Rock” (from a women’s point of view) and songs by Jane Siberry, Warren Zevon and Patty Griffin. They also do an achingly beautiful a cappella version of Dolly Parton’s “Light of a Clear Blue Morning” that resonates as a call to hope in these troubled political times.  

All three of the Jennys now have young children and — coupled with living in two countries and different sides of the North American continent — making the time to record has been a challenge. 

“We are all mothers now, living in different cities, so we knew we couldn’t spend a month in the studio the way we used to,” Moody says. “Nicky and Heather could only be away from their boys for a week, which gave us five days! So we decided to do something that was true to our live show. Arranging other people’s songs has been something we’ve enjoyed doing since the beginning, so we thought that a covers album would be fun to do, especially given the time restraints. Even so, it was a little nuts: We were arranging harmonies on the fly… my son was just shy of three months old and I was feeding him every couple of hours… Nicky had a bad cold which made things tricky for her. But we just went with it, and trusted that it would all work out; maybe that’s the thing we’ve gotten better at as mothers.”

Produced by The Wailin’ Jennys and engineered by Joby Baker, the album also features additional musicians Richard Moody (Ruth’s brother), Sam Howard, Adrian Dolan and Adam Dobres.

NPR wrote of their last Newport Folk Fest appearance, The Wailin' Jennys are more than just impeccable bluegrass harmonizers; they're also terrific bandleaders who give their traditional roots music a sense of real reverence.” It’s this respect for their craft, as well as the Wailin’ Jennys heartfelt, impeccable vocal performances, that has cemented the trio’s reputation in folk and roots music circles.

More information about The Wailin’ Jennys tour schedule and the members’ solo dates can be found at or

Pre-order links:

The Wailin' Jennys Tour Dates:
SA  11/18          Colorado Springs, CO - Stargazers Theatre
SU  11/19          Boulder, CO - Boulder Theatre
SA   12/16         Rocky Mount, VA - Harvester Performance Center
MO  12/18         Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere
TU  12/19          Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere

2018 Dates 
TH  2/01            Greensboro, NC - Carolina Theatre    
FR  2/02            Wingate, NC McGee Theatre (The Batte Center)        
SA   2/03           Raleigh, NC  Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts    
TH  2/15            College State, PA - The State Theatre    
FR  2/16            Bethlehem, PA - Zoellner Arts Center (Lehigh University) 
SA  2/17            West Long Branch, NJ -  Pollack Theatre (Monmouth University)  
TH  2/12            Interlochen, MI - Interlochen Center for the Arts (Corson Auditorium)    

FR  2/13            Saugatuck, MI - Saugatuck Center for the Arts       US
SA  2/14            Clinton Township, MI  - Macomb Center for the Performing Arts
SU  2/15            Goshen College – Sauder Concert Hall

Thursday, June 1, 2017

ACTUAL WOLF signs to Red House -premiere his cover of Haley's "Hometown" today at the Current New album

New album "Faded Days" out 9/15 on vinyl and 6/02 via limited-edition cassette and all digital providers 
Pre-order at iTunes and Amazon  

"a mix between the spirit of the Rolling Thunder Revue & Thunder Road era Springsteen w/ a little nod to solo Gene Clark & CSNY thrown in, Faded Days encapsulates an echoey brooding open-heartedness over twangy sensibility and 70’s folk purism" - GLIDE MAGAZINE

June 1, 2017: Red House Records is happy to welcome ACTUAL WOLF to its roster and announce his new album, Faded Days. Lush and expansive, Faded Days conjures the classic cosmic country albums of the past with its layered vocals and sweeping choruses.  A recording and touring musician for such artists/bands as Nikki Lane, Sun Kil Moon and Retribution Gospel Choir (featuring Alan Sparhawk of Low), ACTUAL WOLF is premiering his cover of fellow Minnesotan Haley's "Hometown" today at tastemaker station The Current; listen to it HERE. Faded Days will be released via limited-edition cassette and through all digital providers on June 2; the LP will be released on September 15. 

The album plays out like a vintage record store find, with a care to storytelling and payoff choruses that are in scarce supply these days. Album highlights include the Springsteen-esque "Be My Love," which segues into the hazy vintage Neil Young and Crazy horse vibe of the first single, "Baby Please." "Little Runaway" is a classic rock radio cut (if you grew up in the 70s, that is) and the wistful title track speaks of lost opportunities and old relationships, with the chorus asking "Can you still get high?"

As to how he became the "Actual Wolf," he recounts: “My friend, who is a junior high gym/health teacher, came up with the name while we were riding in his truck. He said, “ya know… there are a lot of wolf bands but you, you’re the Actual Wolf.” A native of Minnesota's Mesabi Iron Range, Actual Wolf made the move to Oakland, CA following federal charges in Minnesota on a cannabis bust (they were reduced). He's now one of the leading extract/hash makers in the Bay Area, working for a boutique provider for Harbourside Health Center growing rare/hard-to-cultivate strains. 

Statement from ACTUAL WOLF:
Faded Days has been cultivated, cut and cured with the same patience as that of the grower. The album was written over two years in a spectrum of locations that Actual Wolf has called home at one point or another — Duluth (Minnesota, not Georgia), Brooklyn, Nashville and currently Oakland — the rich oils and aromatics resting in darkness and appropriately aged to bring them to a perfect state in a year-long distillation by engineer Brad Bivens in Minneapolis. The album is subtly informed by that breadth of different atmospheres as much as it is richly colored by the array of collaborators: Jeremy Hanson (Tapes 'n Tapes, Tungsten), Jake Hanson (Gramma's Boyfriend; 12 Rods; Alaska), Steve Garrington (Low, the Erik Berry Duo), Ditch Kurtz (a pedal steel guitarist from Nashville), with additional vocals by Al Church.

After all of that time, Faded Days is ready. Its distinctly emotional alkaloids are blissfully intoxicating, palliative and healing. And now that it is finished, a sort of finely crafted goodbye to the Faded Days of all of those other places and those people and events, it will only be a matter of time before ACTUAL WOLF cultivates and distills the more recent days of his current Oakland existence, though who knows how long this will take: you cannot put a timeline on true craft.

TH 6.08   St. Paul, MN - The Turf Club
SA 7.22   Shafer, MN - Franconia Sculpture Garden 
much more to come!


Friday, December 16, 2016

Red House Records artist: David Bromberg Band - The Blues, The Whole Blues and Nothing But the Blues - New Release review

I just had the opportunity to review the newest release, The Blues, The Whole Blues and Nothing But the Blues by David Bromberg Band and it's terrific! I've been listening to David Bromberg most of my adult life and he just keeps finding new angles to make it happen. Opening with Robert Johnson's Walking Blues, Bromberg has the lead on vocal and electric guitar, joined by Mark Cosgrove on guitar, Butch Amiot on bass, Josh Kanusky on drums and Bill Payne on piano. Maintaining a traditional but more modern raw feeling, this is a super opener with cool slide work. The clever, How Come My Dog Don't Bark When You Come 'Round?, is really right up Bromberg's alley. A solid portion of his song base is done me wrong, satyric and story telling tracks and he does a real nice job on this one. Adding Nate Grower on fiddle, Steve Bernstein on trumpet, Lou Marini on sax and Birch Johnson on trombone. Little Hat Jones' Kentucky Blues is up next and played straight. Growler contributes nicely on fiddle and Cosgrove on mandolin. Bobby Charles' Why Are People Like That shows strong New Orleans feel with cool piano work by Payne, key trumpet accents and nicely stylized guitar work. Ray Charles' A Fool For You features Bromberg only, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar. A master guitar player and a heartfelt singer, a gem. Sonny Boy Williamson's Eyesight To The Blind, has a really nice groove and Bromberg's guitar work is nicely balanced by his own vocals and Grower's fiddle. Excellent! John Willie Henry's You've Been A Good Ole Wagon, is another track with that New Orleans sound and Bernstein on trumpet, Marini on clarinet and Johnson on trombone really give this track that "right" feel. Cosgrove pulls out the mandolin again with a nice solo and Marini's clarinet sings. Very cool. Billy Payne's piano work adds great texture and Bromberg's own acoustic guitar work brightness and punch. Title track, The Blues, The Whole Blues and Nothing But The Blues has a cool swing with mostly horn backing. Stinging guitar solo's by booth Bromberg and Cosgrove give the track even more bite. If you really don't know David's work well, this is a guy who really can lay down the dirty blues and here it is. This Month is one of his own tracks with his biting wit and his guitar work is definitely up to the task. Payne sets up some real nice organ work and then Bromberg steps up with his nicely phrased guitar solo. Always a favorite. Wrapping the release is You Don't Have to Go with Bromberg flashing his slide and pairing his solo's with Grower on fiddle. A real solid wrapper for a super release.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

DAVID BROMBERG announces "low down, dirty country blues" LP out 10/14 (Red House)




On October 14, David Bromberg -- a godfather of Americana, decorated multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, gifted song interpreter and lauded bandmate to the stars -- will release The Blues, The Whole Blues and Nothing But The Blues (Red House Records). Produced by Levon Helm and Bob Dylan’s longtime collaborator and three-time Grammy winner, Larry Campbell, Bromberg’s first album since 2013 is a wonderfully curated selection of deep cuts from the blues genre, in addition to original compositions. Bromberg found his inspiration for the album when he heard Willie Nelson repeat a quote from Texas fiddler Johnny Gimble: "There's only two kinds of music - the Star-Spangled Banner and the Blues." 

Hear a blustering take on Robert Johnson’s “Walkin’ Blues” here:

Through Bromberg’s unparalleled playing and gift for interpretation, a crack band and Campbell’s tasteful horn arrangements, the record reaches electrifying heights as well as intimate acoustic moments, breathing fresh life into the songs of Robert Johnson, Bobby Charles, George “Little Hat” Jones, Ray Charles, and Sonny Boy Williamson, among others.

Ray Charles’ “A Fool For You” is one of many album stand-outs, featuring just David on a spellbinding solo acoustic guitar performance and vocals. David learned the song “Why Are People Like That?” from a Muddy Waters record, a song written by one of his favorite writers: Bobby Charles. Bromberg dug deep into recorded music, sometimes finding songs with mysterious origins such as “How Come My Dog Don’t Bark When You Come ‘Round,” or “900 Miles,” an old country song imagined as if Howlin’ Wolf were to play it. Read David’s liner notes here:

Bromberg is “an American music icon” (Dr. John), and counts Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Emmylou Harris, Jerry Garcia, Bonnie Raitt, Carly Simon, The Eagles, and so many more as collaborators, fans and friends. This is Bromberg’s 18th  album, the latest in a solo career that began in 1971 on his self-titled debut.

The David Bromberg Quintet will bring their exuberant live show across the east coast this fall, including a trio of “Belated Birthday Bashes” featuring Tom Rush, Larry Campbell, and Teresa Williams. Full dates below.


1.      Walkin’ Blues (Robert Johnson)
2.      How Come My Dog Don’t Bark When You Come ‘Round (Unknown)
3.      Kentucky Blues (George “Little Hat” Jones)
4.      Why Are People Like That? (Bobby Charles)
5.      A Fool For You (Ray Charles)
6.      Eyesight To The Blind (Sonny Boy Williamson)
7.      900 Miles (Traditional)
8.      Yield Not To Temptation (Deadric Malone)
9.      You’ve Been a Good Ole Wagon (John Willie Henry)
10.  Delia (Traditional)
11.  The Blues, The Whole Blues and Nothing But the Blues (Gary Nicholson & Russell Smith)
12.  This Month (David Bromberg)
13.  You Don’t Have to Go (David Bromberg)


7/21 –   The Levoy Theatre – Millville, NJ
7/22 –   Stephen Talkhouse – Amagansett, NY
7/23 –   Daryl’s House Club – Pawling, NY
8/26 –   Roy’s Hall – Blairstown, NY
8/27 –   Bearsville Theatre – Woodstock, NY
9/22 –   The Center for the Arts – Natick, MA
9/24 –   Iron Horse Music Hall – Northampton, MA
10/4 –   Count Basie Theatre – Red Bank, NJ*
10/6 –   Birchmere – Alexandria, VA^
10/7 –  The Keswick Theatre – Glenside, PA*
10/14 – Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center – Westhampton Beach, NY
10/15 – Infinity Hall, Norfolk, CT
10/16 – Higher Ground – South Burlington, VT
10/21 – Colonial Theater, Bethlehem, NH
10/22 – Portland House of Music, Portland, ME
10/23 – Tupelo Music Hall, Londonderry, NH
11/4 -    Center for Ethical Culture, NY, NY
11/12 – Stoughton Opera House, Stoughton, WI

* w/ Tom Rush, Larry Campbell, and Teresa Williams
^ w/ Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams