Willie Watson Announces Additional U.S. Tour Dates; Whispering Beard on 8/28, Madison Live on 10/10

Willie Watson
Willie Watson

Willie Watson is excited to announce additional U.S. tour dates this fall. Willie will be touring across the eastern US, including shows at New York City’s Rockwood Music Hall 3 (Sept 26 and 27) and Philadelphia’s Boot & Saddle (Sept 29). For the full itinerary, please see below.

To get a taste for what to expect on the upcoming tour, listen and watch this FrontRow video of Willie performing “Mexican Cowboy,” which Amazon just premiered this morning:


Willie spent the final weeks of 2014 touring with Shovels & Rope, following his tour with acoustic-supergroup Dave Rawlings Machine, called “one of the hottest string bands on the planet.”

Willie is touring in support of his debut solo album Folk Singer Vol. 1 which is available for purchase through iTunes, Amazon, and Willie’s own website. The album is out now on Gillian Welch’s Acony Records and has received acclaim from The Guardian, who called it “haunting folk that evokes the past masters” in their 4-star review.

The album was produced by the legendary David Rawlings, longtime friend and producer of Watson’s previous band, Old Crow Medicine Show. “There’s a lot of weight in the way Willie performs,” says Rawlings. “He’s had some tragedy in his life, which has informed his art. There’s an emotional edge to what he does because of who he is as a human being. Willie is the only one of his generation who can make me forget these songs were ever sung before.” The album features ten songs ranging from folk standards to obscure gems.

Willie Watson On Tour (new dates in bold)
6/23     Portland, ME – One Longfellow Square +
6/24     North Haven, ME – Calderwood Hall +
6/25     Portsmouth, NH – The Press Room +
6/26     Hanson, MA – The Needles Lodge at Camp Kiwanee
6/27     Londonderry, VT – Frendly Gathering Music Fest
7/28     London, UK – Oslo
7/29     Sheffield, UK – Greystones
7/30     Nottingham, UK – Bodega
8/01     Perth, UK – Southern Fried Festival
8/02     Perth, UK – Southern Fried Festival
8/03     Manchester, UK – Ruby Lounge
8/04     Birmingham, UK – Hare and Hounds
8/05     Bristol, UK – The Tunnels
8/07     Bangor, IE – Queens Parade Methodist Church
8/08     Roscrea, IE – Leap Castle
8/09     Cork, IE – Coughlans Live
8/14     Atlanta, GA – Southern Shindig at Sweetwater Brewery
8/21     Houston, TX – McGonigel’s Mucky Duck
8/22     Austin, TX – Stubb’s Jr
8/23     San Antonio, TX – Sam’s Burger Joint Music Hall
8/25     Norman, OK – Opolis
8/26     Tulsa, OK – American Theatre Company
8/27     St. Louis, MO – Duck Room at Blueberry Hill
8/28     Friendship, IN – Whispering Beard Folk Festival
8/29     Christiansburg, VA – Shelterfest
9/18     Nashville, TN – AmericanaFest
9/19     Evansville, IN – ParksFest Music Festival
9/20     North Adams, MA – FreshGrass Bluegrass Festival
9/23     Somerville, MA – Arts at the Armory *
9/24     Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Casino
9/25     Pawling, NY – Daryl’s House Club *
9/26     New York, NY – Rockwood Music Hall 3
9/27     New York, NY – Rockwood Music Hall 3
9/29     Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle *
9/30     Charlottesville, VA – The Southern *
10/1     Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle – Backroom *
10/2     Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre *
10/3     Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall *
10/4     Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall *
10/6     Ann Arbor, MI – The Ark *
10/7     Evanston, IL – SPACE  *
10/8     Cleveland, OH – Music Box Supper Club *
10/9     Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe *
10/10  Covington, KY – Madison Live *

+ Mikaela Davis supporting in June
* Heather Maloney supporting in Sep/Oct