Dale Watson releases “Call Me Lucky” and announces tour dates – 4/20 at Southgate House Revival



Dale Watson
Southgate House Revival, 111 E 6th St, Newport, KY

Dale Watson delivers a batch of new original tracks that sound like instant classics with his new album, CALL ME LUCKY. A fixture of the Austin, Texas, music scene for years, Watson recorded all but one song on CALL ME LUCKY in Memphis at historic Sam Phillips Recording. The album features some of Memphis’ finest as well as Dale’s longtime band, His Lone Stars, and includes a horn section on some of the tracks. Watson channels early Johnny Cash and even features Carl Perkins and Cash’s former drummer, W.C. Holland, on “The Dumb Song.”

Throughout CALL ME LUCKY, Watson’s songwriting is so descriptive that you can almost see him cruising into Memphis as he sings “Tupelo Mississippi and a ‘57 Fairlane,” a throwback tune backed by a Memphis-style horn section. Meanwhile, a Hank Williams influence seeps into “Haul Off and Do It,” which is already a favorite in Watson’s live shows. And like the music from his musical heroes, many of the new songs clock in at roughly three minutes long – sometimes less.

“I’ve always been a fan of keeping songs short,” Watson confirms. “Long ago, I went to a library and checked out Tom T. Hall’s How I Write Songs. And in there, he said it’s not about keeping the songs short, it’s keeping the point. Make your point and get out. That’s always been my way of writing. There are some songs I’ve written that go on a bit more like a story, but I guess it’s probably my ADD that I don’t drag it out too much.”
On CALL ME LUCKY, Watson sings with fondness about his girlfriend, rockabilly singer Celine Lee, on “You Weren’t Supposed to Feel This Good,” while “Mama’s Smile” would have been perfectly suited for a young Elvis. Later, Watson’s electric guitar roars on “Who Needs This Man,” a clever number about finding a date through the personal ads. He concludes the album with “Run Away,” a country-tinged tune that echoes the records Johnny Cash made in Memphis in the 1950s.

Looking ahead, Watson is gearing up for the Sixth Annual Ameripolitan Music Awards in Memphis in February. Founded and operated by Watson, the ambitious event celebrates touring roots artists who write their own music – a winning formula that Watson has embodied for more than 30 years. He’ll also do a solo tour joining famed fellow Lone Star icon Kinky Friedman and appear on the Grand Old Opry on April 16; scroll down for complete dates.

Look for Spring 2019 US tour dates and a UK tour in May to be announced soon.
For Dale’s full tour schedule, please visit www.dalewatson.com.
*Solo dates with Kinky Friedman
2/16/19 Austin, TX – The Broken Spoke
2/18/19 Austin, TX – Continental Club
2/23/19 Memphis, TN – Blues City Cafe
3/1/19 Fort Worth, TX – Longhorn Saloon
3/2/19 Austin, TX – The Broken Spoke
3/4/19 Austin, TX – Continental Club
3/6/19 Austin, TX April Busby
3/8/19 Houston, TX – Continental Club
3/9/19 Silsbee, TX – Honky Tonk Texas
3/11/19 Austin, TX – Continental Club
3/12/19 Austin, TX – Gsdm
3/13/19 Pawling, NY – Daryl’s House*
3/14/19 Alexandria, VA – Birchmere *
3/15/19 Dunellen, NJ – Roxy and Dukes Roadhouse *
3/16/19 Brooklyn, NY – Union Pool *
3/17/19 Roslyn, NY – My Father’s Place *
3/18/19 Philadelphia, PA – The Locks at Sona *
3/19/19 New Haven, CT – Cafe Nine *
3/20/19 Bethlehem, PA – Godfrey Daniels
3/21/19 Baltimore, MD – Creative Alliance
3/22/19 Pittsburgh, PA – Hard Rock Cafe *
3/23/19 Del Valle, TX – Circuit of the Americas
3/28/19 Houston, TX – Goode Co BBQ
3/29/19 Plano, TX – Love and War
3/30/19 Austin, TX – The Broken Spoke
4/05/19 Austin, TX – Continental Club
4/13/19 Athens, GA – The Foundry
4/14/19 Nashville, TN – 3rd and Lindsley (WRLT Presents)
4/16/19 Nashville, TN – Grand Old Opry
4/17/19 Indianapolis, IN – Duke’s
4/18/19 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
4/20/19 Newport, KY – Southgate House
4/27/19 The Woodlands, TX – Dosey Doe
5/2/19 Houston, TX – St. Andrew’s Presbyterian
5/3/19 Fischer, TX – Devil’s Backbone Tavern =