There are a few folks still making real country music; music for
the people of the earth
farmers, ranchers, truckers
men and women without whom our great country would wither and die.
These folks - the salt of the earth - want a raw earthiness in their
music; honesty and tales of everyday living more important than the
fruity love songs and tales of urban mayhem. Dale Watson consistently
delivers the most honest and American country music that the world
sees in this modern age. His latest release collects a bunch of his
songs about the warriors of the road; the truckers. Following his
original The Trucking Sessions, Vol. 2 delivers the same twangy,
swinging ditties about life on the road and the characters and places
that one might meet.
"Jack's Truck Stop And Café" and "Truck Stop
In Lagrange" have long been fan favorites and relate the stories
of the kind of little joints that make the road such a wonderful place
to spend time. "Jack's
" is a bit slower and swinginger
while "Truck Stop In Lagrange" gets the twang up to full
tilt, with some beautiful rhythm switches and shuffles. "10-4"
is a near-instrumental track, with twanging telecaster and tasty fiddle
licks that remind the ear of the glory days of Don Rich and
The Buckaroos; tone for days. "Hey Driver" mixes
up swinging rhythms with offset stutter lyrics and a tale of life
on the road and the obstacles one might encounter. "Truckin'
Man" steps the tempo up even more, blistering along like a rockabilly
tune gone mad before the hilarious and Jerry Reed-like tale
of "Truckin' Queen". The album wraps with the longing gospel
ballad "Let This Trucker Go" before launching back into
the twang of the wicked "No Help Wanted" and the indelible
honk of "Texas Boogie".
Dale Watson and his Lonestars have been continuing the outlaw
country legacy, keeping alive the true spirit of country music and
building their sound on twangy guitars, high lonesome steel, and a
shuffle that just never stops. Watson's guitar playing is classic
and a study in perfection. This is real country music, the kind your
parents may have listened to in the '60s and '70s before things were
ruined and turned to pop music. When George Jones asked "Who's
Gonna Fill Their Shoes?" he had no idea Dale Watson existed,
but I'm here to tell you that Watson is wearing those shoes, and filling
them just fine..
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