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DALE WATSON AND HIS LONESTARS —EL RANCHO AZUL (Continental Song City)

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Country traditionalist, Austin, Tx honky tonk ace Dale Watson and his Lonestars; Don Pawlak (pedal steel), Mike Bernal (drums) and Chris Crepps (upright bass) shoot straight from the hip. Honest old country —as in the music of Haggard, Cash, a little Bob Wills swing and Lefty Frizzell among others pump through the veins of Dale Watson and always will. Such is his commitment to the cause.  

 

All 14 songs are penned by Watson. Who writes songs at will. He not only wrote but recorded one on his recent visit. As for the material he opens with crowd-pleaser ‘Lie When I Drink’ (and I drink a lot…says the song) followed by the clever worded ‘I Drink To Remember’ (while she drinks to forget in two separate barrooms). Then with a fabulous piece of fiddle (from special guest Danny Levin; he also plays piano on the track) and steel guitar work Dale speaks of ‘We’re Gonna Get Married’. That leads us on nicely to the Haggard-ish ‘The Daughter’s Wedding Song’. Steeped in pedal steel and a small spoken segment it has the great man written all over it. No bad thing, either.

 

Watson loves to see people dance to his music hence he performs ‘Quick Quick Slow Slow’ with gusto and affection. As he likewise performs ‘Slow Quick Quick’ that immediately follows in the running order, more than likely for those who regularly frequent his gigs back home. On upping the tempo and bringing a dash of swing ‘Give Me More Kisses’ is very much a nod to Lefty Frizzell spruced up with additional rockabilly. ‘I Can’t Be Satisfied’ is another of those quickly thrown together barroom, beer drinking odes, while ‘I Hate To Drink Alone’ contains a little of ol’ Waylon (Jennings) backbeat, featuring some neat fiddle and steel guitar he speaks of being a walking contradiction. A great sound, country music was it was and still should be.

 

On the home straight Watson delivers more of the same (some could claim some of his songs do sound alike but that would be splitting hairs !), the lilting steel warmed ‘I Hate To Drink Alone’ is very much 1950s country. Good it is too. While to close he hits another home run via ‘Thanks To Tequila’. A great cue for someone to get Dale and the boys one when playing live; as I have already witnessed and it didn’t stop at one either! Now for the wait till his next album and knowing Dale and the boys like we do we won't have to wait too long.

 

                                                            Maurice Hope 

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April 2018

1
Courtney Marie Andrews
100 pts.
May Your Kindness Remain
Loose Music
PK,CVL,DHO,JB,LK
2
Mary Gauthier
59 pts.
Rifles And Rosary Beads
In the Black Records
 
3
Caleb Caudle
49 pts.
Crushed Coins
Cornelius Chapel Records
TJ,TK,MP
4
Western Centuries
48 pts.
Songs From The Deluge
Free Dirt Records
DD,GS,FS,HM
5
Vivian Leva
44 pts.
Time is Everything
Free Dirt Records
 
6
Ed Romanoff
42 pts.
The Orphan King
Pinerock Records
 
7
Grant Peeples
41 pts.
Settling Scores vol. 2
Continental
AN
8
Joan Baez
32 pts.
Whistle Down The Wind
Proper Records
 
9
Jeb Barry and the Pawn Shop Saints
29 pts.
Texas, etc...
DollyRocker
MF,HDB
 
Sam Morrow
29 pts.
Concrete and Mud
Forty Below Records
JV
11
Chris Smither
27 pts.
Call Me Lucky
Signature Sounds
JSM,JD
12
Michael McDermott
26 pts.
Out From Under
Continental Song City
CRS
13
John Prine
24 pts.
The Tree of Forgiveness
Oh Boy Records
SP
14
Mary Chapin Carpenter
23 pts.
Sometimes Just The Sky
Lambent Light Records
 
15
Dean Owens
22 pts.
Southern Wind
At The Helm
PJ
16
6 String Drag
21 pts.
Top of The World
Schoolkids Records
FCE,JS
 
Haley Heynderickx
21 pts.
I Need To Start A Garden
Mama Bird Recordings
 
 
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
21 pts.
Tearing At The Seams
Stax Records
RM
19
Abe Partridge
20 pts.
Cotton Fields And Blood For Days
Skate Mountain
MVP,RK
 
Adam James Sorensen
20 pts.
Dust Cloud Refrain
Continental Song City
BM
 
Ben Reel
20 pts.
Land Of Escape
B REEL Records
 
 
Chip Taylor
20 pts.
Fix Your Words
Train Wreck Records
LM
 
Kesia Nagata
20 pts.
Looking For Horses
Caramal Productions
GC,EZ
 
Sheesham & Lotus & 'Son
20 pts.
Clear The Table
SepiaPhone Records
SZ,PG
25
3hattrio
18 pts.
Lord of the Desert
Okehdokee Records
 
 
Marlon Williams
18 pts.
Make Way for Love
Dead Oceans

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