The Texas country previous release was 2014’s ‘Truckin’ Sessions, Vol. 3’.
The ever-prolific Dale Watson is preparing to release his latest record, Call Me Insane, and he’s once again called on an all-star cast of Texan players.
Watson’s Lone Stars, his backing band since 1995, helped him record the album at Watson’s own Ameripolitan Studios in Austin, Texas. The Lone Stars are comprised of upright bass player Chris Crepps, pedal steel player Don Pawlak, and drummer and percussionist Mike Bernal. Watson even snagged fabled steel guitarist Lloyd Maines, who produced and played acoustic guitar on the album. “He’s an artist’s artist,” said Watson. “Having Lloyd produce your record is like letting your mom in your kitchen. You know you gonna like what comes out, and it’s amazing how such basic ingredients can be made even better.”
Speaking about the project, Maines said, “I’ve been a Dale Watson fan since I played steel guitar on some of his early records. My early musical influences are the same as Dale’s. We both grew up playing ‘real’ country music. Dale is one of a very short list of today’s artists who still keeps it ‘real country.’ I’m honored that he asked me to produce his new record. I think he knew that I would maintain the integrity of his passion for the music.”
Here’s a taste of what to expect from Call Me Insane.
Call Me Insane will feature several cheekily-titled tracks, as is country’s wont. There’s a tribute to the legendary George Jones, “Jonesin’ for Jones,” plus a cover of Tony Joe White’s “Mamas Don’t Let Your Cowboys Grow Up to Be Babies,” White’s hilarious response to the classic Willie & Waylon track “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys.”
Red House Records is releasing Call Me Insane on June 9, and it will be available in all formats. Watson is also planning a summer-long tour across Texas – check out the dates here.