Austin Music Minute Fave Dale Watson Plays Tonight at The Continental Club
Yes sir, I’ve said it many times before, and I’ll happily say so again: Dale Watson is an Austin Music Minute favorite. 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, simply turn to the description he made up, Ameripolitan, just to get people off his back about it already. He’s described it as “original music with ‘a prominent’ roots influence.” But the bottom line: Get rid of all your preconceived notions. It’s simply the real deal. And if you still don’t get it, then…wow.
I recall several reviewers saying that Watson’s 2011 album The Sun Sessions (recorded with The Texas Two) had him putting aside the “renegade” attitude to pay tribute to the classic sounds that artists like Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash pioneered. I respectfully agreed to disagree with certain aspects of those reviews. For one, Watson will never stop being the renegade. Secondly, it’s not just a tribute. Watson is carrying the torch while it burns stronger than ever before.
If you’re still enjoying a nice, long Labor Day weekend, it would do you well to see Dale Watson play tonight at The Continental Club, 1315 S. Congress. Watson hits the stage around 10 p.m. Treat yourself, and tell him the Austin Music Minute maven sent you.