"Call Me Insane"
Red House Records
It's probably unnecessary to carry on about the lack of country in country music. Suffice it to say, contemporary, self-appointed country has lost its edge. But brothers and sisters there stands a savior in our midst. Austin, Texas, troubadour Dale Watson has got a new batch of true blue honky-tonk shoehorned onto "Call Me Insane." It's an awesome record, but no surprise, that's what Watson has always whipped up with his punchy twang-o-plenty guitar picking and beautifully laid back baritone. Most of the tunes were penned by Watson and road tested with his band, The Lone Stars, on his 300 dates a year touring schedule. Watson shows his flexibility in attack and attitude with moody numbers like the title track, undeniable invites to two-step with "I Owe It All to You," and beer joint rave-ups like "Hot Dang." This is one honkin' tonkin' pleasure platter perfect for starting a party or kick-starting one that won't.