Dale Watson Has Had It With Americana; Meet "Ameripolitan"

Dale Watson at the 2010 Lone Star Bash at the Brewery in San Antonio
Dale Watson at the 2010 Lone Star Bash at the Brewery in San Antonio
Photo by Craig Hlavaty

Dale Watson has a bone to pick with country music, and you're invited to join in.

See, he misses the twang.

He misses the good old days when songs like "Ring of Fire" and "Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line" ruled the airwaves.

Waston blames Nashville music executives who have long ago replaced the Legends with syrupy-sweet country-pop stars who only offer good looks in tight jeans -- and always sound the same.

This, he says, is what killed country.

Watson has been on a mission ever since coining his own term for the starker side of everything good country once stood for, a new musical genre he's dubbed simply "Ameripolitan."

We know what you're thinking -- just what we need, another genre.

But when it comes from Watson, who honed his own brand of outlaw twang during his teen years on the backstreets of Houston, we thought you just might be interested. In true Texas form, he has never been one to shy away from taking a stand.

Watson has always held steady to the idea that even with the rebirth of Americana as a genre it fails because it's steeped in prominent rock influences, whereas his idea of Ameripolitan will be steeped instead in roots, something the pop-pushing country bigwigs seem to have long forgotten.

Americana, Watson claims, leaves out the outlaw, rockabilly, hillbilly, Western swing and Cajun sounds perfected by the diehard traditionalists who pour their hearts out to crowds night after night in honky-tonks and neighborhood bars.

He's sick to death of Americana and so-called alt-country hogging up all the glory -- and bandwidth -- so he's decided to do something about it.

That's where you come in.


Ameripolitan Music Official, aka Watson and his band of gutsy outlaws, is seeking submissions.

It will go down something like this: submit an MP3 in each of the following categories: honky-tonk, rockabilly, Western swing, and Cajun, with your name, contact info and Website to

Those chosen will be featured on one of several digital samplers that are slated for release as soon as all the unheard-of-deserving-souls get into gear. (Ahem, again that's you. Get off the couch already.)

Digital sampler No. 1 is already out: Ameripolitan Outlaw.

It features 14 tracks from Watson, Billy Don Burns, Sarah Gayle Meech, Hillbilly Casino, Whitey Morgan, Lucas Hudgins, Brigitte London, Johnny Outlaw, Chris Wall, Roger Alan Wade, JP Harris & The Tough Choices, Mandy Marie Luke, Peewee Moore and WC Jameson.

Fans can download the digital samplers for a small donation that will help fund the first-ever Ameripolitan Awards Show to be held in Austin on February 18, 2014, sort of like the Oscars for budding traditionalists.

So what are you waiting for? Go tell all your rebel-rousin', fiddle-playin' friends.

See the Ameripolitan Music Official Web site for more information. Watson brings his brand of truck-drivin' greasy-spoon sounds to the backyard stage Natachee's Supper N' Punch at 8 p.m. Tuesday, courtesy of the Lone Star Jukebox.

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