Dale Watson, Fulton County Line | Martyrs' | Folk & Country | Chicago Reader

Dale Watson, Fulton County Line Recommended Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Fri., June 12, 10 p.m. 2009

Texas-based guitarist and singer Dale Watson has always been a dyed-in-the-wool honky-tonker, and he’s long reserved part of his repertoire for trucker songs, that peculiar subgenre of honky-tonk made famous in the 60s by the likes of Dave Dudley, Red Sovine, Dick Curless, and Red Simpson. But with The Truckin’ Sessions Vol. 2 (Hyena), Watson has exhausted this homage to life behind the wheel of a big rig—two collections of trucker songs from one guy, even a decade apart, is a little much, and many of the best tunes on the new one, like “Hey Driver” and “Truckin’ Man,” have appeared on earlier albums. Still, no matter what the material, Watson stays faithful to the sound and spirit of hard-core country—at this point in his career, with his flicker of alt-country fame long extinguished, he’s making music for true believers. Fulton County Line opens. —Peter Margasak

Price: $12

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