El Rancho Azul [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
If you've heard Dale Watson once or twice in nearly two decades of recording and touring, then you know how you feel about his work. His sound is devoted to hardcore, old-school, honky tonk country music. The man has stood on his principles and has invested his heart and soul in writing great songs whether they be hard-drinking or truck-driving songs, dancefloor stompers, or barroom ballads. El Rancho Azul is Watson's second record with the Red House label, a company well known for its releases by contemporary folk artists and singer/songwriters, not so much for country music devotees. As one might expect, it is not a departure from what Watson's always done -- yes, that's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
If you've heard Dale Watson once or twice in nearly two decades of recording and touring, then you know how you feel about his work. His sound is devoted to hardcore, old-school, honky tonk country music. The man has stood on his principles and has invested his heart and soul in writing great songs whether they be hard-drinking or truck-driving songs, dancefloor stompers, or barroom ballads. El Rancho Azul is Watson's second record with the Red House label, a company well known for its releases by contemporary folk artists and singer/songwriters, not so much for country music devotees. As one might expect, it is not a departure from what Watson's always done -- yes, that's good. These 14 songs are a meld of solid electric country with Watson on his Tomkins, backed by pedal steel, upright piano, fiddle, electric bass, and a small drum kit. The drinking songs are among his finest, especially the Bakersfield strut of "I Lie When I Drink" and popping honky tonk blues of "I Drink to Remember," both of which Merle Haggard would be proud to have written there are no less than five drinking tunes here. "Give Me More Kisses" has more than a touch of rockabilly, while both "I Can't Be Satisfied" and "Where Do You Want It" a song inspired by one of Billy Joe Shaver's exploits with a gun are outlaw country at its best. The slower two-step of "Quick Quick Slow Slow" is one of Watson's better love songs and there are two variations of it back to back; the other is "Slow Quick Quick". The overly sentimental "Daughter's Wedding Song" doesn't seem to fit with the rest of what's here, but this is clearly a tune he had to write and record, so who can fault him for a little sentimentality? El Rancho Azul adds to a very consistent string that will satisfy fans of his, and indeed any fan of historic country music. God bless Watson's refusal to "progress."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/29/2013
  • Label: Red House
  • UPC: 033651026327
  • Catalog Number: 263
  • Sales rank: 4,409

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Lie When I Drink - Dale Watson (3:07)
  2. 2 Where Do You Want It - Dale Watson (2:12)
  3. 3 I Drink to Remember - Dale Watson (2:38)
  4. 4 Cowboy Boots - Dale Watson (3:13)
  5. 5 We’re Gonna Get Married - Dale Watson (2:32)
  6. 6 Daughter’s Wedding Song - Dale Watson (4:00)
  7. 7 Quick Quick Slow Slow - Dale Watson (2:55)
  8. 8 Slow Quick Quick - Dale Watson (3:54)
  9. 9 Give Me More Kisses - Dale Watson (3:34)
  10. 10 Drink Drink Drink - Dale Watson (2:46)
  11. 11 I Can’t Be Satisfied - Dale Watson (2:37)
  12. 12 I Hate to Drink Alone - Dale Watson (2:33)
  13. 13 Smokey Old Bar - Dale Watson (3:05)
  14. 14 Thanks to Tequila - Dale Watson (2:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dale Watson & His Lonestars Primary Artist
Dale Watson Indexed Contributor, Guitar
Danny Levin Fiddle, Piano
Don Pawlak Pedal Steel Guitar
Chris Crepps Upright Bass
Mike Bernal Drums
Technical Credits
Eric Peltoniemi Graphic Design
Dale Watson Composer
Chris Frymire Mastering
Sheridan Dunlap Inspiration
Mark Dunlap Inspiration
Jacob Scibe Engineer
Arthur James Cover Art
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