Dale Watson Announces New Album
Watson has been working on the project at his Ameripolitan Studios in Austin, Texas, and it is set for release on June 9. Call Me Insane will include Watson's tribute to George Jones, "Jonesin' for Jones," as well as a cover of Tony Joe White's "Mamas Don't Let Your Cowboys Grow Up to Be Babies," which was penned as an answer to Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings’ "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys."
The album was recorded with Watson's Lone Stars band, which is made up of Don Pawlak on pedal steel, Mike Bernal on drums and percussion and upright bass player Chris Crepps. Legendary Texas steel guitarist and producer Lloyd Maines also lent his talents to the project.
“Having known Lloyd over 20 years and worked with him as a musician, I knew he was a great guy and picker,” Watson says. “But 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. He is an artist's artist.”
Maines, who produced and played some acoustic guitar on the album, says that he and Watson worked well together on the project because of their shared influences.
“I’ve been a Dale Watson fan since I played steel guitar on some of his early records,” Maines says. “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.”
Call Me Insane is being released via Red House Records and will be available on digital, CD and vinyl formats. A list of Watson's upcoming tour dates can be found at DaleWatson.com.