DALE WATSON – SOLO
Dale Watson, keeper of the true country music flame, returns with Call Me Insane, a new studio album recorded in Austin with veteran producer and Lubbock native Lloyd Maines. Released on June 9 in North America via Red House/ Ameripolitan Records on CD, digital, and vinyl. The Austin-based honky-tonker carries on in the tradition of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson with his Ameripolitan brand of American roots music. 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 albums moody title track Bug Ya For Love, a fun warning to all the single ladies; Mamas Dont 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 Watsons serious side. The new album was recorded in Austin by Watson and his ace touring band, His Lone Stars: Don Pawlak (pedal steel), Mike Bernal (drums & percussion), and Chris Crepps (upright bass & background vocals). Dale plays electric guitar throughout and Lloyd Maines added acoustic guitar. They were joined in the studio by Danny Levin on piano and the Honky Tonk Horns: Jon Blondell (trombone), Joey Colarusso (saxophone), and Ricky White (trumpet). Having known Lloyd over 20 years and worked with him as a musician, I knew he was a great guy and picker,” Watson says. “But having Lloyd produce your record is like letting your mom in your kitchen. You know youre gonna like what comes out and it’s amazing how such basic ingredients can be made even better. He is an artists artist. The admiration is mutual. “I’ve been a Dale Watson fan since I played steel guitar on some of his early records,” Maines says of the sessions. “My early musical influences are the same as Dale’s. We both grew up playing real country music. Dale is one of a very short list of today’s artists who still keeps it real country. I’m honored that he asked me to produce his new record. I think he knew that I would maintain the integrity of his passion for the music.” Dubbed “the silver pompadoured, baritone beltin’, Lone Star beer drinkin’, honky-tonk hellraiser” by The Austin Chronicle, Watson recently sat in with Jimmy Kimmels house band as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) from SXSW. He also emceed the first ever SXSW Ameripolitan showcase featuring the best of Honky-tonk, Outlaw Country, Rockabilly and Texas Swing music.
REVEREND HORTON HEAT – SOLO
The worlds largest stages are no stranger to The Reverend Horton Heat. Be it International rock festivals such as Coachella , Glastonbury , Leeds or Reading, or punks biggest events such as Riot Fest in Chicago or Denver, Rockfest in Montebello , or country musics flagship event , Stagecoach, and even rockabillys call to the wild, Viva Las Vegas, Reverend Horton Heats presence has been a constant since the Dallas bands debut in the late 1980s.
Delivering their unique fiery brand of 50s tinged country and jazz-fueled punk and metal, the band has paved their way to global cultural iconic status .
July 2016 saw the debut of Reverend Horton Heat solo. For the first time in his storied career, The Rev, aka Jim Heath, performed a series of sold out concerts in select intimate theaters and showcase venues across the U.S. to adoring reviews.
Combining new versions of Reverend Horton Heat classics with inside stories behind the music , the show flows like a version of MTVs Unplugged. On full display will be The Rev’s wit, Southern charm and some life stories that ultimately lead to the songs that made the band famous.
Do not miss the rare opportunity to see Reverend Horton Heat solo.