From the Cradle to the Grave

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All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
If the ghost of Johnny Cash hovers throughout the grooves of From the Cradle to the Grave, that's not coincidental. The recording was made in a Hendersonville, TN, cabin once owned by the late country icon -- all the better to showcase Dale Watson's deep, Cash-like baritone -- and the no-frills settings Watson brings to the songs bear more than a faint echo of the Man in Black: on "Hollywood Hillbilly" that might as well be the minimalist Tennessee Three twanging behind the singer, and ol' JC even gets name-checked in the lyrics (as do Willie, Hank, and Lefty, but still...). Then there's the story that introduces the record: "Justice for All," a tale of righteousness ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
If the ghost of Johnny Cash hovers throughout the grooves of From the Cradle to the Grave, that's not coincidental. The recording was made in a Hendersonville, TN, cabin once owned by the late country icon -- all the better to showcase Dale Watson's deep, Cash-like baritone -- and the no-frills settings Watson brings to the songs bear more than a faint echo of the Man in Black: on "Hollywood Hillbilly" that might as well be the minimalist Tennessee Three twanging behind the singer, and ol' JC even gets name-checked in the lyrics (as do Willie, Hank, and Lefty, but still...). Then there's the story that introduces the record: "Justice for All," a tale of righteousness fighting the good fight against vengeance and coming up short. But to peg From the Cradle to the Grave as a Cash tribute and nothing more would be to sell it short. The Austinite's been at it for a long time himself, and his renegade credentials are well established and verifiable. The song material here may ring familiar -- "Yellow Mama," is, after all, an ode to an electric chair -- and so may the voice, but Watson puts enough of his own personality into his delivery that the album is never in danger of being saddled with a copycat tag. Watson can't help it if he's got good taste in influences, but he's sharp and smart enough to pay his respects while also shaking free of them, and he leaves no doubt whose album this is.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/24/2007
  • Label: Hyena
  • UPC: 825005935726
  • Catalog Number: 9357
  • Sales rank: 108,712

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dale Watson Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Jon Blondell Trombone
Gene Kurtz Bass Guitar
Don Pawlak Pedal Steel Guitar
John McTigue Drums
Don Raby Fiddle
Technical Credits
Gail Davies Composer
Dale Watson Composer
Chris Scruggs Composer
Marty Rosamond Graphic Design
Charlie Boswell Engineer
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