Dale Watson is a honky tonk country singer with a visceral style and a backing band — The Lone Stars — that can play everything from cowboy jazz to metallic country rock. Increasingly bothered by terms like old time country, alt.country, Americana and roots rock, Watson coined the term “Ameripolitian” to define his niche: country with blues, jazz, rock and punk influences. Watson was inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame in 2005.
Watson comes from a family steeped in hard-core country music. An uncle played with Merle Travis and his dad was a guitar picking long haul truck driver. Watson’s brother Jim taught him how to play guitar and he wrote his first tunes while he was still in grammar school.