Covering the Country Music scene in Scotland & N/Ireland
at Glasgow's Grand Ole Opry
By invitation of Billy Kelly, well known Glasgow based promoter, Dale Watson returned to Scotland and for the very first time played the Grand Ole Opry in Glasgow. He had the crowd in awe from the moment they heard that distinctive baritone voice.

Just who is this Dale Watson?
If you are looking for REAL country music, if you enjoy Merle Haggard, Cash, Waylon then look no further than Dale Watson. He is a songwriter with at least 8 albums of his own songs, trucking songs, beer drinking songs, broken heart tear jerkers, pure honky tonk country and is vocal in his support of keeping Real country music alive in songs like Nashville Rash, and Hey Mr DJ play me a Real Country Song.

Dale has an amazingly powerful voice, that can fill any room and hold an audience mesmerised in awe with his fantastic voice, his hot guitar licks backed by his Lone Stars.
Dale is little known in USA outside his native Texas, but has a large following in Europe and Australia. He spends most of his life on the road around Texas and visits Europe at least once a year.

This night Dale arrived onstage to a huge cheer and for the next 90 minutes or so, had everyone in the Opry enthralled with song after song, his own songs, many requests from the audience interspersed with covers from Waylon - Good Ole Boys, Merle - Farmer’s Daughter and the tribute to Johnny Cash - Walk The Line. Biggest cheer of the night was for Country My Ass - Dales thoughts on some of the Nashville creations.
No time wasting chat between numbers, everyone was treated to a non stop roller coaster of fast high energy songs like Good Luck ‘N’ Good Truckin’ and Sweet Jesse Brown and slow numbers like Forever Valentine!
Commenting on the empty dance floor Dale invited everyone up to dance saying: “We’re up here just pickin’! Don’t mind us!”
Ricky Davis on steel was missed a little, but Dale is a great guitar picker and along with guitarist Chris Miller, they more than made up for no steel, supported by John McTea on drums, who played a long drum solo on Exit 109. Magic!

On bass guitar was Billy Dee, band leader at Gilly’s Texas, who also sang a song Back To Back off his new album Heart Don’t Fail Me Now.

After the usual early finish and shouts for more, Dale came back onstage and played another 20 minutes until the Glasgow 11.00 pm curfew, leaving everyone happy - but wanting much more.
Billy Dee
Chris Miller
Support on the night was fellow Texan, Houston born John Permenter, top singer/fiddle player, who was ably supported by the Dez Walters Band. John is well known in Britain around the club circuit and festivals. Tonight was a special night for John, opening for his fellow Texan buddy in front of his fans, and some people who had never heard him before and he sure made some new friends!
John treated everyone to a high energy set of fine fiddlin’ and singing, through Devil Went Down to Georgia, Louisiana Saturday Night, Seminole Wind, Amarillo by Morning, Take me Back to Tulsa and a very special Dan Seals number ‘They Rage On’. Of course nobody would let him off the stage without playing the ‘Orange Blossom Special’.

It is now nearly 8 years since John first came over here, and when he gets on that stage with the talented Dez Walters Band, something magical happens - their music just blends together and you just feel as if something very special is unfolding right in front of you!
When is the next night?
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