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Centar za kulturu
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The Four Corners Music Hall
Country Music Festival
@ Schützenhaus Albisgütli
Aalborg Country Music Club
@ Trekanten Culturehouse
Country Passion Association
@ Salle Polyvalente
+ 33 603515236
Austin, TX: Considered Austin, Texas' official musical spokesman, Dale Watson has built a worldwide legion of fans one gig at a time, from Texas honky-tonks to Tokyo performance halls and all points in between. With his upcoming album, Live At The Big T Roadhouse, Chicken S#!+ Bingo Sunday (August 19, 2016 on Red House/Ameripolitan Records), Watson brings a unique Texas tradition to the world. Live At The Big T is a perfect snapshot of Watson and his ace band, His Lonestars, live in concert at the peak of their performing prowess, all while hosting a Chicken S#!+ Bingo show at Dale's own bar, the Big T Roadhouse in St. Hedwig, Texas. The 'bingo" game involves a caged hen strutting across a plywood board divided into numbered squares while betting customers gather 'round the cage, hoping the bird will drop its mark on their chosen numeral. Along with cash prizes for the winners, there's $2 Lonestar beer, all you can eat hot dogs and live music and dancing. If you've never seen Watson live, this album is the next best thing -- an intimate show for an audience of mixed ages and backgrounds, all enjoying an afternoon of live honky tonk and classic country music framed by Watson's hilarious between-song banter.
"This is 'A Day In The Life' of anyone who has ever gone to one of my Sunday shows," Watson says. "I hope you show up to a Chicken $#!+ Bingo show someday. You will go away with a warm feeling of why Texas is so great and why Ameripolitan Music is here to stay. In one word, it's REAL."
Songs include a down and dirty version of Jerry Reed's "Amos Moses" and Watson's version of Merle Haggard's barroom classic, "The Bottle Let Me Down." Other Watson favorites include his unofficial theme song, "I Lie When I Drink (And I Drink a Lot)," "Honky Tonkers Don't Cry" and his truck driving anthem, "I Gotta Drive." And there's the crowd-pleaser "Where Do You Want It," his tribute to outlaw musician Billie Joe Shaver; the title is the question a pistol-toting Billie Joe is said to have asked the man he was getting ready to plug. Watson fans will also recognize the band's improvised "commercials" for Lone Star Beer (he won't drink anything else, probably because it "whitens teeth" and is "the only beer proven to grow brain cells").
Dubbed "the silver pompadoured, baritone beltin', Lone Star beer drinkin', honky-tonk hell raiser" by The Austin Chronicle, Watson is a veteran touring artist and consummate entertainer who is on the road more than 300 days a year. An outspoken proponent of classic honky-tonk for over two decades, Watson has christened his brand of American roots music "Ameripolitan" to differentiate it from the current crop of Nashville-based pop country. In 2014, he founded the Ameripolitan Awards in Austin each February to recognize the best in Honky-tonk, Outlaw Country, Rockabilly and Texas Swing music.
Watson has appeared on Austin City Limits (PBS), The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS), The Sun Sessions (PBS) and as a guest on NPR's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me. He also joined Jimmy Kimmel's house band as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live from SXSW (ABC) and he and the band performed on a Tex-Centric episode of The Bachelorette (ABC) featuring contestants learning the Texas two-step.
RECENT KIND WORDS:
"I'm one of Dale's biggest fans. - Willie Nelson
"Country music's a crazy, gold-diggin' whore, and Dale Watson wants a divorce." - The Austin Chronicle
"Graced with a deep, fluid George Jones-ish voice, Watson was mesmerizing, whether making fun of The Voice's faux-country judge on 'Old Fart (Song For Blake)"'or simmering through a train-chugging original such as 'My Baby Makes Me Gravy.'" - The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Nothing else is Dale Watson. In he strode in a long black Cash-worthy coat with long leather cuffs and a tux shirt. His white hair was ship's prow, or perhaps a mighty iceberg. And his Telecaster guitar, festooned with silver coins of every size and denomination, glinted in the footlights. All through, Dale's banter was loose and wry. His guitar tone was just platonically perfect." - Music City Roots
"To call Dale Watson's music country is like calling Ray Charles' music soul ... both have an air of authenticity that transcends genres and demands that they be put into a class of one. Ray Charles is gone, but you can see Dale Watson..." - The Troy Record
"...he proved that he is the real deal, and when it comes to tradition, sometimes you can't get too much of a good thing." - Country Standard Time
"This songwriter prides himself on crafting authentic, old-school country music, which he does so quite masterfully. Watson definitely nails the old-school country star persona." - No Country For New Nashville
" He's spent the past two decades proving there are still powerful tales to be told from the honky-tonk pulpit, and he's brought that message to the faithful." - The Nashville Scene