Dale Watson isn't one to uphold the music industry's status quo. He's moving forward on his own terms and true to his own convictions. Even with frequent proclamations declaring him one of country music's last authentic voices (like that in Crazy Again--a recent documentary on Watson's life--when a fan declares, "son, you play country like country was when country was country"), Watson is done with the "C" word and what it's come to represent in modern times. So much so that he's created his own genre, simply called Ameripolitan. In a recent posting on his website (www.dalewatson.com), Dale explains it like this: "I've been trying to come up with a name the best describes this music that me and folks similar do. When folks ask, I hesitate, down right embarrassed really, to say country. I didn't used to be that way, but with the change in country, the term doesn't mean the same as it used to. If you say traditional, or old, or western swing most folks think 'retro' and dismiss it without hearing it. I wanted a name that didn't say country anything and didn't give anyone a preconceived idea. I came up with Ameripolitan. I even put it in Wikipedia defined as: Original music with 'prominent' roots influence." And so it goes with Dale Watson, the kind of unparalleled iconoclast that's far too rare in music today. - taken from Myspace
1995 - Cheatin' Heart Attack
1 - List of Reasons 2 - Caught 3 - She Needs Her Mama 4 - That's the Day 5 - Cheatin' Heart Attack 6 - South of Round Rock, Texas 7 - Tonite, All Day Long 8 - Nashville Rash 9 - Wine, Wine Wine 10 - You Lie 11 - Tell 'Em I Ain't Here 12 - Holes in the Wall 13 - Texas Boogie 14 - Don't Be Angry
While I'm still recovering from having my face ripped off Thursday night @ the Pentagram/EHG show, I've been listening to a good bit of stuff from this guy right here. This one is Dale's first release for Hightone Records and I'd have to say it is essential for anyone who is a fan of alt/outlaw country music. I've been so busy lately with the real world that I haven't taken the time to re-encode many of these at 320kbps but I will over the next few days. I still have video's to edit and all that so sit back, turn your speakers up, and bear with me people. This and a few other of Dale's albums are coming with me today while I paint the house.
I originally started this blog with the intent to create an archive of New Orleans/Louisiana based bands demo's, EP's, full lengths and live recordings. My primary focus was to feature a little bit of everything going on in this great city. There are many bands past and present that have never gotten the recognition that they (in my opinion) truly deserved.
So I figured why not start converting all these demo tapes and etc. and share them with the world? But as I kicked the idea around on a few message boards and with friends, I decided to not just limit the page to Louisiana.
So here you will find artists from all across the globe, some may be well known, others may not. Here at Nola 504 and More, the Krewe and myself all have very unique musical tastes, which I think helps our page really stand out.
Yes, we may feature a lot of metal, but we also have punk, country, jazz, rockabilly, etc. Musical "gumbo" so to speak; meaning a little bit of everything. So, if you are/were in a band from Louisiana, or anywhere else in the world, and care to share it with the rest of the world, drop one of us an email. We'd love to check it out!