Dale Watson Plays At Track 29 July 13

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Dale Watson will be in concert with Old Crow Medicine Show at Track 29 on Saturday, July 13, at 9 p.m.  Dale Watson will be celebrating his new Billboard-charting album El Rancho Azul.

Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 the day of the show and available by calling 521-2929 or visiting www.track29.co.

Review for Dale Watson:

Texas country legend Dale Watson plays a concert, celebrating the release of his highly anticipated new album El Rancho Azul. His second album for the Grammy-winning label Red House Records, it is his first official recording with His Lonestars, his regular touring band. Known as consummate entertainers, the band delivers first-rate performances, capturing the energy and musicianship fans know they’ll hear at every live show. Unlike the understated, stripped-down sound of Dale’s previous release The Sun Sessions, his new album is full-on honky tonk with a driving rhythm section, tight electric guitar solos and the lonesome twang of pedal steel. 

Recorded at Willie Nelson’s Pedernales Studio in Austin, this top-notch recording features Dale on vocals and guitars, backed up by His Lonestars--Chris Crepps (upright bass), Mike Bernal (drums), Don Pawlak (pedal steel) and Danny Levin (piano, fiddle). Together this tightly knit band takes you on a rollicking ride back to your favorite dusty bar, a place where all heartache is forgotten.

Featuring 14 fresh country originals, El Rancho Azul is a portrait of a lone cowboy, dancing and drinking his way through love and heartbreak. Newly divorced himself, Dale sings about getting married, breaking up and moving on with authenticity and humor. Never one to wallow in his own sorrows, the album has a decidedly up-tempo feel with instantly singable songs. From the opening track “I Lie When I Drink” to the anthemic closer “Thanks to Tequila,” the songs seem to be made for the very bars and clubs Dale plays. 

“The crowd is what inspires me to write,” Dale says. “And because we’re doing 300 shows a year, I tend to write a lot.”

One of the highlights of the album is “Daughter’s Wedding Song,” which was a Texas radio hit and was released as a digital single last fall. It is a poignant country ballad from the perspective of a father giving his daughter away on her wedding day.  

“I'm often asked to recommend a song for the father/daughter dance,” Dale says. “I usually say Merle Haggard’s ‘Farmer’s Daughter.’ The only problem is that, in the song, the mother is gone. So one day I told this couple I would write one special for the dance. While writing, I drew on my two daughters for inspiration and started crying halfway through it. I figured if it hit my heart strings, maybe it'll hit the heart strings of fathers and daughters everywhere.”

In addition to “Daughter’s Wedding Song,” there are two other songs specifically intended for dancing--“Quick Quick Slow Slow” for the country two-step and “Quick Slow Slow” for waltzing. Whether hitting the dance floor or raising a glass with a heavy heart, this album provides the perfect soundtrack to the new year with songs about happy beginnings, sad endings and the surprises that lie in between.


Dalton State To Host Screening Of Documentary Waiting For Superman

Dalton State College will host a discussion about no child left behind and other topics regarding public education after a screening of Waiting for Superman, a 2010 documentary, on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 6:30 p.m. The screening is free and open to the public and will be held in Goodroe Auditorium of Gignilliat Memorial Hall. Waiting for Superman is a film directed by Davis Guggenheim ... (click for more)

Cambridge Square Announces Free Fall Concert And Festival Series

Barrier Properties, the developer of mixed-use community Cambridge Square in Ooltewah, has announced its fall concert/activity schedule, all of which is free and open to the public. Cambridge Square is located at the intersection of Ooltewah-Georgetown Road and Lee Highway, less than a quarter-mile east of exit 11 on I-75.  “From day one, our goal has been to develop ... (click for more)

Linear Park Planned As Extension Of Walnut Street Bridge In Front Of Planned Boutique Hotel

A linear park that will be an extension of the Walnut Street Bridge public space is planned in front of a new boutique hotel at Walnut Street and Aquarium Way (Second Street). Mitch Patel of Vision Hospitality on Tuesday night told nearby residents that "the city pushed this idea of a linear park, and we agree that it is a great idea." He said the current situation in which ... (click for more)

Sharply-Divided City Council Approves Office Reorganization; Councilman Freeman Calls Move "Evil, Hellish"

A sharply-divided City Council on Tuesday voted 5-4 to completely reorganize the council office, leaving current staffers without a job down the road but with the option to reapply. Councilman Moses Freeman called the move "evil" and "hellish." He said, "We are punishing somebody on a personal level," though he said the office has been running smoothly. Saying the majority ... (click for more)

How To Reform The City Industrial Development Board - And Response (3)

My aims is to bring to the public’s attention the need for procedural changes that, if implemented, would significantly improve the information available the public, to the City Council and to the City Industrial Development Board about the verifiable benefits and costs of tax incentive financing structures and to make the entire process transparent. The public, the City ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My October Garden

Hark! It is the first day of October and, as I make my monthly stroll through the garden, I find a growing numbers of leaves and acorns. Autumn leaves are beautiful while acorns are nuts, thus you will get the idea as we make our monthly awards: A PRETTY LEAF to Phil Hughes after the Minnesota Twins pitcher came within one inning of earning a $500,000 bonus this season. The deal ... (click for more)