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Using the original recording equipment Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and many others used at the original Sun Studios, Dale Watson has created a brand new super country album with a sound not heard in decades.

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"I'm one of Dale's biggest fans" -- Willie Nelson

"Is country music dead? Not as long as Dale Watson can lift a guitar." -- About.com

"one of the strongest country & western vocalists around." -- All Music


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  • Audio CD (October 11, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Red House Records
  • ASIN: B005IY3DN4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,020 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Guitarzan on October 14, 2011
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I have to admit, as much as I love Dale Watson's music, I was skeptical about this album. I thought, "Oh, here we go, again....another Sun Records tribute". But you know what? This may be the best one I've heard, yet. Dale's deep baritone voice, twangin' Telecaster (well, it's a Tomkins guitar, but you get the idea), the upright bass and the echo/delay on the vocals really makes this feel like a Sun-era Johnny Cash record. Most of the songs have an uptempo, feel-good drive to them, which makes this a great CD to have in the car. A couple of the songs, although they're upbeat, are rather gothic-sounding. Not gothic, as in Alice Cooper, but more like "Satan Is Real" gothic, like the Louvin Brothers. In particular, "Down, Down, Down, Down, Down" sounds rather menacing. It starts out rather innocently talking about love and drinking, how they can make you feel so high, but then there's only one way to go...down, down, down, down, down. Then, it abruptly takes a dark turn and says how the singer has raised a lot of hell, so when he dies, you'll know where he's going, and to pray for his soul because you won't hear his cry from the other side. Wow. Even "Elbow Grease, Spackle and Pine Sol" is a gothic take on his earlier song, "Holes In the Wall" from his first album, 1995's "Cheatin' Heart Attack". Suffice it to say, the ending on this one ain't the same as the other version! I think this is Dale's best album in a long time. I like all of his albums, but some of them tended to all sound alike. This album, however, is a masterpiece. Nobody but Dale could have pulled this off. I'd give it 7 stars, if I could!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Moser on October 15, 2011
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Bought this because of the Sun connection, and the music lives up to the name! Great mix, songs, and performances from Dale & The TX Two... I like the poppin' bass and tasty guitar solos... This is proof O.G. rockabilly can survive and thrive without all the "psycho" theatrics (no offense to any of those cats though). I will be rocking this album for a long, long while--it's a must for any Sun records fan. The legend continues.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Boris M. Kroner on October 17, 2011
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This is great neo-traditional country in the finest traditions of Dale Watson and co... The music is not unlike that of Johny Cash but has enough flavor, style and originality. The music is upbeat, lyrics are witty... Overall 5 out 4 stars.

Take note Nashville, this is what REAL country music sounds like.
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I like Dale Watson's music. I like the guys who play with him. He plays the way country and western swing music should be played. He also has a lot of humor in his performances and is just an all around nice guy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fred on March 18, 2012
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This is an album that is the opposite of the over-produced stuff you hear a lot of nowdays. Just a band playing in the legendary Sun Studios without effects and computer manipulations. Very true to the Sun recordings done by Elvis and Cash and others in the 50's, but with modern fidelity. Delightful from start to finish, Watson is an Austin treasure making his own legend as he goes along.Love this album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on December 5, 2011
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Dale Watson hasn't exactly kept his musical debt to Johnny Cash a secret, but just how thoroughly he's absorbed Cash's roots has never been more apparent than on this new release. Recording in a trio (with "the Texas Two"), Watson's baritone and tic-tac guitar, Chris Crepps' upright bass and Mike Bernal's snare drum are warmed by Sun's famous acoustics and slapback echo. The fourteen original songs tip their hat more than once to Cash's early works, but at the same time they stay true to Watson's honky-tonk roots. He writes of loving, longing, losing, traveling and faith, and he sketches friends and acquaintances with a keen eye. Watson rides Cash's train rhythm for a trip through Sweden to the country music hotbed of Gothenburg, and revisits Cash's "Get Rhythm" with the Texas shoeshine man "Big Daddy." The sessions have a vitality that's lost in the bits-and-pieces method of modern studios, and the few muffed notes are quickly forgotten as the guitar twangs, the snare drum shuffles and the acoustic bass thumps out its rich tone. In lesser hands this homage to Cash '55 might have sounded gimmicky, but Watson long ago established his country music bona fides, and as Steve Legett points out, this isn't an homage to Sun records, it is a Sun record, and a good one at that. It's also one of the most entertaining records in Watson's already rich catalog. Highly recommended to fans of Watson, Cash and Sun. 4-1/2 stars, if allowed fractional ratings. [©2011 hyperbolium dot com]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HillbillyKarl on November 13, 2011
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With Dales last album "Carrying On" we got a very smooth polished production with some famous Nashville pickers. With this album you get Dale and 2 of his Lone Stars. This album is gritty and in your face. The song writing is absolutely amazing. Dale and the Texas Two recreate that early Sun sound without it sounding like a rehashed tribute album. What you get here is Dale in the raw and for my money this is the best C&W album of the year. HEEAH!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jef Fazekas on April 10, 2012
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I won't lie...I really wasn't looking forward to Dale Watson's latest release. See, I was pretty sure this was going to be my last Watson purchase. Having gotten into him a decade ago, first with 2001's EVERY SONG I WRITE IS FOR YOU, then with 2004's DREAMLAND, I just couldn't help but feel that something was missing from his last few releases. They were still good, but somewhere around 2005/2006's HEEAH!/GOD OR WHISKEY, there was a distinct change in Watson's music and attitude....you could even see it on his album covers. The European -released HEEAH! pictured him straddling a motorcycle, clad in jeans, a white tee shirt, leather vest and black harness boots, while the American-released (and rechristened) GOD OR WHISKEY, out just a few months later, sported a new cover shot, with Watson buttoned tight in a suit and collar.
And from this point on, that's how Watson's music started to sound.....rigid, bottled up, almost calculated....everything Watson hadn't been up to this point (and seemed determined to fight against).
That's sort of why I feared the worst...I was sure an album recorded at the legendary Sun studios was going to be some kind of karaoke nightmare, with Watson channeling all of the greats....and losing himself in the process.
The opening seconds of "Down, Down, Down, Down, Down" did little to allay my fears....it sounded like nothing more than a Johnny Cash wannabe rip-off. But then things loosen up and Watson's own persona kicks in. In the end, a nice way to start things off.
"Jonny At The Door" is a nice tribute to bouncers and ticket takers everywhere. Loping along, the arrangement has a relaxed, comfortable groove to it, while Watson's lead vocal is easy-going and assured. Another very nice moment.
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