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Dale Watson & the Texas Two – The Sun Sessions (Red House)

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Dale Watson, a long time fixture on the Austin music scene, is a colorful, maverick musician that Hank Williams Jr. called “the savior of country music.”  When a scheduled appearance in Memphis was unexpectedly canceled, he decided to book some time at the iconic Sun Studio and do an album of original songs that allowed him to channel Johnny Cash, coupled with influences from Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.

The album of 14 tracks, six of which were partially written while driving his bus en route from Austin to Memphis, harkens back 50 years or so to “Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two.”  “Her Love” is a beautiful ballad while “My Baby Makes Me Gravy” describes alternative avenues of appreciation. “Elbow Grease, Spackle and Pine-Sol” is a final piece of advice to an absent lover about the mess that will be the result of a pending suicide and “Big Daddy” acknowledges a distinctive shiner of shoes in Austin.  “Lord I’m Free” is an anthem to the uninhibited and carefree life associated with this fiercely independent and very talented artist.

-Scott Peavler

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