Watson has been playing his roots-based honky-tonk
for more than 20 years.
Watson's straight-ahead honky-tonk
style ensured he was inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame and now he has a new record, Dalevis, due for release.
The rest veer from funkadelic squelch to honky-tonk
holler and even boisterous profanity.
THE Bluecoat may be 4,000 miles from Nashville, but on Saturday it will be transformed into the home of honky-tonk
for its Above the Beaten Track music festival.
There may be no radio-friendly standouts but the end result - all dirty guitars, drawling vocals and honky-tonk
piano - is a pure distillation of the messy, joyous essence of rock'n'roll itself, the Stones' finest.
There may be no radio-friendly stand outs like Jumpin Jack Flash or Brown Sugar, but the end result - all dirty guitars, drawling vocals and honky-tonk
piano - is a pure distillation of the messy, joyous essence of rock n roll itself.
Standouts include the wailing honky-tonk
of Waylon Jennings' "Stop the World and Let Me Off" and Porter Wagoner's toe-tapping revenge saga "The Cold Hard Facts of Life." Even purists will applaud his graceful take on the Johnny Cash standard "I Still Miss Someone."
My love of the romantic notions of the Wild West--cowboys and cowgirls, honky-tonk
, vintage rock 'n' roll, Americana--was definitely influenced by growing up in Arizona and having a biker scene, the Western aesthetic and lots of classic and vintage muscle cars around to be inspired by.
cheesy outfits, honky-tonk
tunes, targets for animal rights activists,
Then there is Wright's cover of Ike Turner's bluesy, honky-tonk
"I Idolize You," which was featured on an episode of the television show The longing "Hey Mann," written by Bernice Johnson founder of Sweet Honey in the Rock (and Toshi Reagon's mom), asks "how did you get here, in my heart without consent?" Other standouts include the sassy "Leave Me Standing Alone" and the beautiful "Speak Your Heart," which showcases Wright's vocal range.
Incorporating upbeat guitar riffs, boy-band harmonies and honky-tonk
piano, I reckon they're going to be massive so get in early and impress your mates.
Fans of acoustic music in the old-time and bluegrass traditions use it to dismiss mainstream commercial country; fans of mainstream country use it to discredit alternative country; fans of the honky-tonk
and alt styles use it to deride pop-country crossover acts and their astounding sales figures; and fans who claim not to like country music of any sort use it to defend their allegiance to individual singers or bands.