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Dale Watson

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Dale Watson (born 1962, Birmingham, Alabama) is an American alternative country singer, guitarist and songwriter based in Austin, Texas. He’s positioned himself as a tattooed, stubbornly independent outsider who is interested in recording authentic country music. As a result, his record sales have been slow, but he’s become a favorite of critics and Alt-Country fans.

He has won the British Country Music Awards Best International Artist on an Independent Label, and country music awards in the Netherlands and Spain. Watson tours Europe annually, and has a large growing fan base there.

The singer is also featured in the Zalman King documentary Crazy Again, chronicling his (Watson’s) mental breakdown after his girlfriend Terri Herbert died in a fatal car accident in September 2000. He also was the focus of a 2007 bio-picture, Austin Angel. Championed “Ameripolitan” as a new genre of original music with prominent roots influence.

After going on hiatus from music in 2004, he moved to Baltimore, Maryland to be closer to his daughters, he returned to Austin in July 2006 and resumed playing regular gigs in Austin, including Sunday nights at Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon and a Monday night residence at The Continental Club. He is also a regular performer on the Grand Ole Opry.

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  • cupidschokehold

    I discovered this guy through Johnny Knoxville and I'm so glad I did.

    19 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Pb_82_Mule

    drag je.

    19 Jan 2012 Reply
  • ROH_Fan

    New album is amazing! Love the Sun sound.

    25 Oct 2011 Reply
  • elreak

    I just recently got into this man's music. He's one of the best country songwriters I've heard in YEARS. Real country lives!

    27 Jul 2011 Reply
  • ROH_Fan

    Got to see him in Sydney last night. Great show! one of the best ever. This man is brilliant. Got to meet him aswell, Great guy. Real Country Music! can't wait for the new album.

    23 Apr 2011 Reply
  • wildtony40

    great songs..

    6 Apr 2011 Reply
  • markafly

    Palomino days! Good times !! I remember playing with Dale and was in awe then. He just gets better

    30 Mar 2011 Reply
  • imaginaryangie

    Well put davidwbrown! I agree wholeheartedly! Country music today is painted up quasi-pop in country clothes. How sad that the real deal has now become the "alternative"! Dale Watson his a breath of fresh country air! He's got a voice deep and strong like country's founding fathers...and that rebel attitude to match! So glad I stumbled across this true country gem!

    3 Feb 2011 Reply
  • davidwbrown

    i would not consider dale an alt-country singer. dale is true country. dirty gritty honest and pure. long live dale!

    27 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Maverickwrecker

    One of the few true country artist out there thats not scared of telling it like he sees it. It boils my butt to see some nimrod with a picture of a completly fake barbie doll say that he "needs to drop the crap".

    28 Feb 2010 Reply
  • mefordguy

    "country my ass" is what he is all about. talking about how much this new stuff isnt country at all

    14 Nov 2009 Reply
  • blogmeridian

    Good, good stuff. Puts the "working" back into "working-class music."

    10 Sep 2009 Reply
  • pinetree99

    Hey Dale fans, our man is at the Stagecoach festival this weekend stealing attention away from Kenny Chesney: http://www.last.fm/event/1010089

    24 Apr 2009 Reply
  • davidn87

    He's good but he needs to drop all the Country My Ass crap.

    1 Mar 2008 Reply
  • utupelo

    Can't wait to see you tonight at The Granada. Break a leg!

    16 Feb 2008 Reply
  • KatsTakao

    Real Country!

    28 Oct 2006 Reply

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