An AMM Favorite: Dale Watson Performs Tonight at The Continental Club
Yes, on subject matter like this, I (your Austin Music Minute maven Laurie Gallardo), do tend to repeat myself, but I’m more than happy to do so. I absolutely love this man’s voice.
The one and only Dale Watson will not have your music genres confine him. He does what he does, and he does it with great conviction. If you you’re still one of these people who stumbles around without a go-to term to describe Watson’s mix of roots styles, you can rely on his very own specialized term, Ameripolitan. In the past, he’s described it as “original music with ‘prominent’ roots influence.” Toss the preconceived notions and expectations out the window, fella. No time for that nonsense.
Now, I’ve spent some time combing through reviews of his album The Sun Sessions (as recorded by Watson & The Texas Two) and said reviews usually insist that he’s dropped the “renegade” attitude to pay tribute to the classic sounds that artists like Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash pioneered. But think about it. That’s what makes Watson a true original, showing you how country’s done with the help of that mighty baritone. So, for a fan like me, it’s not a tribute; this is carrying the torch while it burns stronger than ever before.
One of the best places to see Dale Watson play is at The Continental Club, 1315 S. Congress Ave., and he’ll be performing there tonight at 10 p.m. If you swing by nice and early, you can catch the happy hour show with Adam Johnson & The Pay Me’s at 6:30 p.m. And in the gallery upstairs, you can see Ben Livingston and The That’s What She Said Band at 8:30 p.m.; Afrofreque at 10:30 p.m., and the Anthony Farrell Trio at midnight.