Willie Watson, the one you should know about
WILLIE Watson, the American musician who captured fans on his 2016 trip down under as part of the Dave Rawlings Machine, and recently when he toured with Joshua Hedley, is returning to Australia for a tour that brings him to Melbourne, Sydney, Fremantle, Perth and Mullumbimby.
The singer-songwriter, guitarist and banjo player, 37, hails from Watkins Glen in upstate New York, and was a founding member of Old Crow Medicine Show, one of the most respected bands within the realm of modern Americana.
His 2014 debut solo album, Folk Singer Vol. 1, was produced by Dave Rawlings.
The release features ten songs, from folk standards to "obscure gems".
As Watson himself describes it, the album happened naturally.
"As soon as I was playing solo, I started remembering all these old tunes which led me to dig through my 78's for more," he said.
"When we got in the studio, I just played everything a couple times. It reminded me of making Old Crow Medicine Show, where a lot of times we'd just play songs and let Dave sort it out."
Rolling Stone magazine include the album in its listing of The 26 Albums of 2014 You Probably Didn't But Really Should Hear.
Opening for Willie Watson in Melbourne, Sydney and Mullumbimby will be Scandinavian folk duo My Bubba, who will bring their soft, soulful, sensual music to Australia for the very first time.
- At Mullum Civic Hall tomorrow Friday March 17 from 7.30pm. Info from redsquaremusic.com.au