Dale Watson has a brand new album coming out on October 11th, and like the name implies, it was recorded in the historic Sun Studios of Memphis, TN. Dale pairs up with the small rhythm section of drummer Mike Bernal and Chris Crepps on upright bass to imbibe his 14 original tracks with the classic Johnny Cash vibe that was originally captured at Sun in the mid-1950’s by Johnny and his “Tennessee Two”.
This isn’t the first time Dale has used an historic place to inspire his music, or Johnny Cash as the muse. His 2007 album From The Cradle To The Grave was recorded in a cabin formerly owned by The Man in Black, and loaned to Dale by Jackass star Johnny Knoxville. The 14 selections of The Sun Sessions go by quick in the half hour album, with many of the songs reviving the classic Cash “tic-tak” sound, and clocking in under 2 minutes. It also includes two re-recorded Dale originals, “Johnny at the Door” from his 1999 album People I’ve Known, Places I’ve Been, and “Elbow Grease, Spackle And Pine- Sol”, a Sun Sessions spin on the song “Holes in the Wall” from Dale’s first ever album in 1995 Cheatin’ Heart Attack.
The Sun Sessions is being released through Red House Records, and is already available in the UK and parts of Europe, and in the US as an import. Samples can be heard on the Amazon UK site for the album, and three complete songs can be heard through Continental Record Services on bandcamp. The video for “My Baby Makes Me Gravy” can be seen below (must watch till the end!).