Dale Watson

Record review

Texas Platters

Dale Watson

Whiskey or God (Palo Duro)

Austin's favorite honky-tonker, Dale Watson, is becoming Dwight Yoakam. The two denim-wearing country outlaws have always shared a love of Bakersfield, Buck, and Elvis, but Watson's 11th full-length mirrors some of Yoakam's best hits to a scary T. Opener "Sit and Drink and Cry" is a familiar version of the latter's "It Only Hurts When I Cry." The title track veers a little more Strait, but "I Ain't Been Right, Since I've Been Left" zydecos out Yoakam's "Sorry You Asked?" Not that this is a bad thing. Watson and Yoakam are cousins left alone by Nashville execs as they hold aloft the torch of country long-gone. "I Don't Feel Too Lucky Today," "No Help Wanted," and playful romp "Truckin' Queen (I Got My Night Gown On ...)" – the story of a transvestite trucker in Oklahoma – retain Watson's grit, growl, and humor. If it weren't for the infuriatingly ridiculous "38…21…34" (yeah, right), and the generic "It Hurts So Good," Whiskey or God might rival Watson's previous catalog high, 2004's Dreamland. Then again, if the closing party on Western swing hit "Heeah!!" – also the original album title – came through on the rest of the tracks, Watson could trade Yoakam's white Stetson for the leather we love.

**.5

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
Kinky Friedman
Resurrection (Record Review)

Rick Weaver, Jan. 3, 2020

Texas Platters
The Beaumonts / Hickoids
This Is Austin, All the World's a Dressing Room (Record Review)

Kevin Curtin, Jan. 3, 2020

More by Darcie Stevens
Phases & Stages
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
It's Blitz! (Record Review)

April 3, 2009

Spotlight: The Wooden Birds
Spotlight: The Wooden Birds
9pm, the Parish

March 20, 2009

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Dale Watson

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle