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Dale Watson sets tour in support of new Johnny Cash-influenced CD

Friday, April 13, 2007 – Dale Watson will launch a tour in May in support of his new studio album, "From The Cradle To The Grave," set for release April 24 on Hyena. The touring will mark the beginning of a year long promotional push that will find Watson performing throughout the U.S. plus Europe and Australia.

Watson recorded the disc at Johnny Cash's Tennessee mountain cabin, which was lent to him by its current owner and old friend, Johnny Knoxville. He made the record following his return from a brief sabbatical in music. He had left his Austin hometown temporarily to live in Baltimore with his two daughters for the first half of 2006.

Watson said, "When I got up there to the cabin, I didn't have anything new to record. The band and I were just getting back into it. So I wound up writing 10 songs in 3 days. At first, I was adamant about not doing anything even remotely reminiscent to Johnny Cash because I figured I'd be instantly dismissed for trying to cop his vibe. But his presence was so strong up there that I decided why fight it, let the chips fall where they may and go with the feeling."

A video for "Justice For All," directed by James Intveld and starring Desperate Housewives' James Denton, was shot as well.

Tour dates are:
May 11 WFPK "Live Lunch" Louisville
May 12 Midnight Jamboree at Ernest Tubb Nashville
May 13 Hideaway BBQ Raleigh, N.C.
May 14 Shenanigans Richmond, Va.
May 15 The Iota Club Arlington, Va.
May 16 & 17 The Rodeo Bar New York
May 19 Johnny D's Somerville, Mass.
May 20 The Ale House Troy, N.Y.
May 21 The Sportsmen's Tavern Buffalo, N.Y.
May 22 Beachland Ballroom Cleveland
May 23 Martyr's Chicago
May 24 Club Tavern Middleton, WI
May 25 Vnuk's Lounge Cudahi, WI
May 26 Lee's Liquor Lounge Minneapolis
May 27 Knuckleheads Kansas City

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Call Me Insane CD review - Call Me Insane
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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Mumford and Sons up to snuff, for the most part – Mumford and Sons have always played it smart when it has come to career moves. They have not overtoured by becoming regular fixtures on the touring circuit. Their M.O. is to tour just enough upon an album release and then disappear for a stretch. Ditto for releasing new music ("Delta" just came out last month, Mumford's first release... »»»
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