Dale Watson Performs Wednesday at The Sahara Lounge
Yes sir, this here’s an Austin Music Minute favorite. You may know that now, or not. But you should know this: Dale Watson has no time for the trivialities. The country-western troubadour keeps the classic sounds alive with the help of that mighty baritone and all the right pickin’.
If you’re still one of those folks stumbling around without a go-to term to describe Watson’s style, I suppose you could rely on a description he made up, Ameripolitan, just to get people off his back about it already. In the past, he’s described it as “original music with ‘prominent’ roots influence.” But here’s the bottom line: Get rid of all the preconceived notions and expectations. It’s simply the real deal.
Reviewers have said that on Watson’s 2011 album The Sun Sessions (recorded with The Texas Two), he dropped the “renegade” attitude to pay tribute to the classic sounds that artists like Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash pioneered. I tend to disagree on certain levels. First, he’ll never stop being the renegade. Secondly, it’s not a tribute; this is carrying the torch, while it burns stronger than ever before.
Here’s a special treat for you. Usually, Dale Watson fans can see him play at The Continental Club or The Broken Spoke, but this week, he graces the stage of The Sahara Lounge, 1413 Webberville Rd., in East Austin. He’ll be doing two sets on Wednesday night, starting at 10 p.m. Do check this out. Recommended.