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Dale Watson is a honky tonk hero and country music maverick, a true outlaw carrying on where Waylon Jennings left off. A member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame, he stands alongside Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and George Strait as one of the finest country singers and songwriters from the Lone Star State.

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  • Audio CD (April 24, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hyena
  • ASIN: B000NIW05C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,819 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Justice For All
2. It's Not Over Now
3. Time Without You
4. Hollywood Hillbilly
5. You Always Get What You Always Got
6. From The Cradle To the Grave
7. Why Oh Why Live A Lie
8. Yellow Mama
9. Tomorrow Never Comes
10. Runaway Train

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Dale Watson is a Texas music hero. Over his long and prolific career, he's proven himself to be one of the last authentic voices in pure country music. In fact, in the spirit of the music's outlaw lineage, Dale has disavowed himself of the country label and begun calling his music Ameripolitan. However it might be described, on his latest album, From The Cradle To The Grave, it's the music that speaks the loudest. Marking his HYENA Records debut, Dale offers ten new songs that range from the epic Justice For All to the achingly beautiful ballad, It's Not Over Now. And if it sounds like Johnny Cash's presence is looming over the recordings, that's because it was. The album was recorded in Cash's old Tennessee Mountain cabin that was lent to Dale by its current owner Johnny Knoxville. With that in mind, Dale embraced the Cash aura and in the process turned out one of his best albums to date in an already impressive discography.

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Though Dale Watson has long been a torchbearer for classic country, a throwback to the sounds of the 1960s and '70s, never before has he channeled so much inspiration from the late Johnny Cash. Recorded in Cash's cabin (since bought by Watson's actor buddy Johnny Knoxville), the songs really heavily on Cash's signature "boom-chicka-boom" rhythm, and the arrangements occasionally employ the sort of mariachi brass that evokes "Ring of Fire." Themes of life and death permeate the material. The title cut could have been a Cash outtake, while the "Runaway Train" finale pays him explicit tribute. Elsewhere, Watson changes pace by injecting some Waylon Jennings into "You Always Get What You Always Got," and lightening things up with "Hollywood Hillbilly." Watson's baritone and band are in fine form throughout. --Don McLeese

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Dale Watson is deep, like a well.
Jef Fazekas
"Justice For All" is an excellent song, well written, great lyrics, great vocals and just overall a good song.
J. Sink
Let's face it today's "country" radio plays pop/country that sounds like pop songs from the 1980's.
C. Jones

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. Jones on May 2, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Let's face it today's "country" radio plays pop/country that sounds like pop songs from the 1980's. The country sound left today's country music a long time ago. Luckily Dale plays country like many of us remember, listen to and long for. Of course you'd never hear Dale on country radio - Why? It's TOO COUNTRY SOUNDING!

But thankfully, Dale can be heard on many Americana stations. This CD does sound a lot like a Johnny Cash album circa 1975. I especially like the tribute to Cash on the last song and the drama of "Justice For All".

This is Dale in fine form...Playing, writing and singing the music he loves....and what many would consider -real- country music.

No one today does it better!

This CD will not disappoint if you are a "hard core" country music fan (ie: Merle, Waylon, & Cash etc.)

Thanks Dale!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By B. Lane on April 28, 2007
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Kenny who? Carrie what? Today's country on the radio is a lite beer compared to where the genre came from - Hank, Cash, Waylon, Willie - the legends respected and built the music into something that endures and to be revered, not just product to be sold like toothpaste and toilet paper.

Dale shows a deep respect to country on this release as well as blazing his own trail. This ain't good time, frat party boozing fodder. This is life and death put to music.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John Gervickas on May 17, 2007
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Being a mental health professional myself, if a concerned third party were to show me some of Dale's lyrics on this CD I would recommend an (immediate)intervention! Much as was the case on "Every song I write is for you", there are some extremely bleak sentiments on this disc. I'm REALLY glad to hear that Dale is on an upswing personally, because he is the best country artist of his generation (and a real nice guy). I got this disc and "The Little Darlin' Sessions" on the same day. I thought I was going to prefer the other disc to this one, but this is actually far more creative and original. The sound quality is much better, and this is Dale at his creative best. I could have done with a bit less of the Cash beat that runs throughout the CD, but (given the circumstances) I understand the reason. This is easily the most instrumentally creative disc Dale has cut, and also the least honky tonk or swing influenced(if you like that style, his last disc "Whiskey or God" was probably his best since his Hightone days). As for this set, "It's not over now" is a terrific ballad, and shows some Elvis influence in the vocals. "Time without you" has some incredibly depressed lyrics ("I curse my healthy heart for keeping the blood runnin' through my veins", "I open my eyes each morning and I regret to greet the day" - ouch!), and is delivered in a decidedly non-tongue in cheek manner. Hang in there, DW! Along with the obvious nod to the Man in Black, there's a lot of Waylon's sound on the disc (particularly on "You always get what you always got", with the Ralph Mooney-esque steel and Waylon beat). "Tomorrow never comes" is bleak and haunting. On the other hand, "Hollywood hillbilly" would have been OK on another Dale CD, but seems out of place here.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Classic Country Fan on May 5, 2007
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I was a bit curious when I heard Dale Watson no longer wanted his music to be called country. Nor did he want to be associated with country music.

I can't really blame him no true country singer with a half of grain of integrity would want to touch it with a ten-foot pole anymore.

I pondered what his new genre he named ameripolitan would sound like.

I anxiously awaited his new cd called "Justice for all" and the suspense was well worth it. He recorded this cd a log cabin previously

owned by his idol Johnny Cash. The Cash influence is evident throughout this ten-song masterpiece. I also hear a bit of a Carter Family influence on "Why oh Why Live a Lie"

Dale wrote nine of the ten tracks and his brilliant song writing skills are evident.It kicks off the title track "Justice for all" a tune about Lady Justice and how blind "she" can be at times.

The video to this song also must see it's on you tube

The tracks are well balanced with a ballad, songs about losing your loved one, a couple of up tempo cuts, how you life is lived, and

To finding relief for your crime in "Yellow Mama" A song about Alabama's Electric chair.

Dale's powerful and easily sung baritone shines though out this must have cd. He is back by his band and they have never sounded better.

The cd cover and liner notes appear to be in a sepia tone with a photo of a tombstone on the front with Country Music Rip on the front of it. Yea some of the tunes are a bit dark but they still shine like diamonds in the rough.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Devlin on April 25, 2007
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Dale Watson is an original talent who again brings his excellent voice and band together to save us from the Nashville Rash. His music is what good country music once was. As with so many of his prior great CDs, this CD is also great entertainment. I listen to it (and all DW music) just for the fun in it. And he just keeps getting better. This CD brings ol' Johnny back to us. Great music!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joel McIntosh on May 6, 2007
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This CD offers an insight into what great modern country music ought to sound like. In this collection, Dale Watson and his band draw from the influences of Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, and Lefty Frizzell to build a collection of songs that touch something deep. The songs on this CD have a heart and soul that modern country lost some years back. Watson and his band demonstrate the guts to deliver an uncompromising CD that deserves uncompromising praise.
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