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Dale Watson
The Truckin' Sessions Vol. 2
Hyena Records
www.dalewatson.com


There are a few folks still making real country music; music for the people of the earth… farmers, ranchers, truckers… the 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..

-Embo Blake

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