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.
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
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.
|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?