Dale Watson - New Hope PRIMETIME June 2007

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18 Jul 2007, 18:13

NEW HOPE PRIMETIME
JUNE 2007

Dale Watson
From The Cradle To The Grave
Hyena


To listen to radio, one might surmise country music has been castrated, watered-down to that insipid lowest common denominator. But as nearly any thinking person knows, mainstream radio sucks Midas mufflers, and just like rock& roll did in the late 1970s (those punks or new wavers), country has its underground scene, partisans working beneath the radar. One such is Dale Watson, whose big, smooth, worldly baritone and earthy, direct songwriting puts him in the continuum of Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, and Merle Haggard. This is the real, classic stuff, but there's nothing retro about Cradle-he lives in the same world as you 'n' me, but uses stripped down, crackling honky-tonk as a template. The only thing amiss with Cradle is it's too short.
Dale WatsonFrom The Cradle To The GraveHYENA RecordsHollywood Hillbilly

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