Dale Watson from the album Call Me Lucky available on Red House Records
The genre of Ameripolitan needs a flag-flyer, and Dale Watson is just the man to do it. It is in fact his genre, a style of music inspired by Sun Records along with the greats that laid American musical foundations. A quick listen would define it as country, but Dale Watson’s proclaimed genre is linked to what country was in past decades and a stand against what country music has become in 2019. Twang is one of Dale’s things, lyrical humor another, and there is plenty of both loaded in the package of Call Me Lucky, his latest release that comes in a songwriting and record releasing career aptly termed prolific.
The baritone, click-clack train rhythm, sturdy telecaster and pedal steel remain an ever-present pleaser. The title track for Call Me Luckykicks the album off with a classic shuffle giving way to “The Dumb Song”, the humorous and reflective story questioning vice when you ‘keep doing all these things I shouldn’t do’. “Tupelo Mississippi & A ‘57 Fairlane” has a New Orleans flair and punchy horn-section. “Haul Off and Do It” with its pedal steel bounce is a two stepper while “David Buxkemper” is a trucking song that bops down the road. “Who Needs This Man” starts off as a slow Blues number, kicking into a bouncy Rhythm & Blues cut once again showcasing that horn section. “Run Away” is a somber but beautifully placed closer driven by Telecaster twang and harmonica. Call Me Luckyis a genuine dose of classic country that lands far away from called ‘throwback’. Tossing that term around is inaccurate when someone like Dale Watson kicks down with class, tossing out classic sounds in the here and now. (by Bryant Liggett)
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