Dale Watson says "it does feel every bit of 20 years" since he released his first solo album, "Cheatin' Heart Attack." But the Americana singer, songwriter and bandleader is nothing but pleased with how things have gone for him.
"It is amazing to look back at the things that are different from the first album to the last album," the Alabama native says by phone Illinois. "I feel way more comfortable in the studio and with the process, and of course most of my songs are autobiographical, so there's kind of a timeline of what's going on in my life through all those albums.
"I knew I'd be out playing for a living all my life, but I never thought about it in a recording sense. The records are just a cherry on top for me."
The 52-year-old Watson's latest is "Call Me Insane," a characteristically rootsy set that he recorded in just four days with his band His Lone Stars and was produced by the highly regarded Lloyd Maines. Working with Maines, in fact, was the highlight of the project for Watson.
"Me and him have been trying to get together to do an album for almost 20 years now," says Watson, who was also part of the Stephen King/John Mellencamp musical "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County" and also appeared on a segment of ABC`s "The Bachelor" in June. "We just wanted to do a project together and I had a lot of songs -- about 30 or 40 -- so we finally just got it together.
"It's a dream. (Maines) really does it the way it should be, and my guys are fantastic. And when you've only got four days, you've got to work together pretty well, but we all really enjoyed it."
Watson's experience in music is also marked by his hair, which these days sits in a white pompadour. No temptation to dye it? "Oh, yeah -- always," Watson says with a laugh. "I had my days of doing that, but it was too much maintenance. I think the kind of music I do, it's mature person's music, anyway. So, yeah, I had my days of dyeing my hair, but I've got nothing to prove anymore."
Dale Watson and His Lone Stars with Rosie Flores
Saturday, July 18. Doors open at 8 p.m.
The Majestic Cafe, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit.
Tickets are $12.
Call 248-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com
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