& His Lone Stars
Wednesday, July 31 at 8 p.m.
Dale Watson is a honky-tonk hero and country music maverick, a true outlaw carrying on where Waylon Jennings left off. A member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame, he stands alongside Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and George Strait as one of the finest country singers and songwriters from the Lone Star State.
A veteran touring artist and consummate entertainer, Watson and his ace touring band, “His Lone Stars”: Don Pawlak (pedal steel), Mike Bernal (drums & percussion), and Chris Crepps (upright bass & background vocals) are on the road more than 300 days a year. Since the release of El Rancho Azul in 2013, Watson’s profile has risen considerably via appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS), Austin City Limits and The Sun Sessions (PBS) and as a guest on NPR’s Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me.
This June, Dale Watson returns with Call Me Insane, a new studio album recorded in Austin with veteran producer Lloyd Maines (Robert Earl Keen, Jerry Jeff Walker, etc.) Album highlights include “Jonesin’ For Jones,” a love song to the music of the legendary George Jones, “A Day At A Time,” about “getting by by barely getting by;” “Call Me
Insane,” the album’s moody title track “Bug Ya For Love,” a fun warning to all the single ladies; “Mamas Don’t Let Your Cowboys Grow Up To Be Babies,” and yes, it is an answer song to the Waylon Jennings/Willie Nelson hit. “Crocodile Tears” is a tear-in-your-beer country song that sounds like an instant classic and “Burden Of The Cross” reveals Watson’s serious side.
He also puts his money where his heart is and has taken over ownership of two struggling Texas honky-tonks, the Little Longhorn Saloon in Austin (home of Chicken $#!+ Bingo) and The Big T Roadhouse in St. Hedwigs (outside San Antonio). If not on the road, he and His Lone Stars perform at one of them each Sunday.
“Country music’s a crazy, gold-diggin’ whore, and Dale Watson wants a divorce.”
- The Austin Chronicle