Blessed or Damned

Blessed or Damned

by Dale Watson
     
 

Talk about paying your dues -- Dale Watson spent his childhood playing west Tennessee truck stops and honky-tonks with his old man. In recent years, Watson has done his own truck-stop tours, a maverick move even at this late date. But that's him in a nutshell, always mining country music's core topics -- booze, breakups, family, work, and Texas -- but in a… See more details below

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Talk about paying your dues -- Dale Watson spent his childhood playing west Tennessee truck stops and honky-tonks with his old man. In recent years, Watson has done his own truck-stop tours, a maverick move even at this late date. But that's him in a nutshell, always mining country music's core topics -- booze, breakups, family, work, and Texas -- but in a left-of-center fashion that keeps him not so much on the fringes of the mainstream as about a three-day drive away from it. On BLESSED OR DAMNED, Watson's assertive baritone works its magic on "Honkiest Tonkiest Beer Joint" and "A Real Country Song," the latter a plea to deejays to play something -- anything -- by "Loretta...Conway...Haggard or...Jones." The fact that they won't is criminal, and so is the fact that they won't play Dale Watson either. He is, after all, one of the honkiest, tonkiest singers you'll ever hear.

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All Music Guide - Kurt Wolff
Blessed or Damned pretty much picks up where Watson's 1995 debut, Cheatin' Heart Attack, left off. He pines for "A Real Country Song" on modern radio, sings praises for his adopted state on "That's What I Like About Texas" (a good-natured duet with Johnny "Whiskey River" Bush), and wonders at the fate of his chosen musical genre on the moving title track. Watson may have no surprise ace in the hole on Blessed or Damned, but it's nonetheless a solid hand of fresh, invigorating material.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/07/1996
Label:
Hightone Records
UPC:
0012928807029
catalogNumber:
8070
Rank:
87063

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