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