Exclusive Premiere of Dale Watson's "Down, Down, Down, Down"

by Missy Wolf / 87 days ago / Comments

Center Stage Magazine has been given the honor of premiering not one but two songs off Dale Watson's new album 'Starvation Box'. When we asked Watson about the song "Down, Down, Down, Down", this is what he said. 

Down, Down, Down, Down is a song I wrote as a man feeling like a sinner; and one with no hope of redemption, really.

If you have not yet heard Watson, I encourage you to listen to his new music and share it with your family and friends. Remember that adding it to your playlists is a great way to help support his music. ~Missy


Press Release:

Alt-Country Renegade DALE WATSON Strips Down To His Roots On Brand New Acoustic Album STARVATION BOX

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - In the late 19th century, a budding young musician by the name of Huddie William Ledbetter left his home in Harrison County, Texas after his father sought to discourage the boy’s artistic ambitions by referring to Huddie’s guitar as a “starvation box,” cursed to bring only poverty and famine. That young man would go on to have an unimaginably profound impact on music, becoming internationally recognized as folk blues pioneer Lead Belly. Over a hundred years later, Lead Belly’s musical lineage continues, and his story still provides inspiration for artists, including country outlaw and fellow Texan Dale Watson who is set to release a new acoustic album that puts Watson’s own starvation box front and center.

Starvation Box begins with the captivating title track, which Watson co-wrote with CMA award-winning songwriter Mike Henderson, of Chris Stapleton’s “Broken Halos” fame. The song rides a bluesy 12-string guitar riff backed by a sparse rhythm track that gives ample room for Watson’s leathery baritone voice.

As Watson explains, “Living in Marshall, TX, the area so influential to Lead Belly, I went down the Lead Belly rabbit hole. It led me to a 1957 Stella 12-string guitar just like the one Lead Belly had, which his father called a ‘starvation box.’ I knew I had to write that song as an ode to Lead Belly. What I wrote was ok but with Mike Henderson’s additions and of course, his slide guitar and harmonica, I think we came up with a fitting tribute that I hope people like.”

Single stream/download: https://orcd.co/dalewatson_starvationboxsingle

There’s plenty more bluesy, folk and roots rock in store on Starvation Box, the album, including an ode to Elvis Presley’s mechanic, “Billy Strawn,” a fantastic cover of Percy Mayfield’s “Like A Stranger In My Own Hometown,” and the superb closer, a gospel rave-up called “Ain’t Nobody Everybody Loved.” Catch it on CD and digitally available everywhere on July 7!

Digital pre-save: https://orcd.co/dalewatson_starvationboxalbum

1. Starvation Box
2. Whatever Happened To The Cadillac
3. That's Where The Money Goes
4. Nothingville
5. Billy Strawn
6. I Ain't Been Livin' Right
7. Adios
8. Streets Of Gold
9. Down Down Down Down
10. Two Peas In A Pod
11. Like A Stranger In My Hometown
12. Ain't Nobody Everybody Loved


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Dale Watson Tour Dates

10/06/2023 : Continental Club: Austin, TX
10/07/2023 : Truck Yard: Dallas, TX
10/08/2023 : Mercury Lounge: Tulsa, OK
10/09/2023 : Knuckleheads: Kansas City, MO
10/10/2023 : Zoo Bar: Lincoln, NE
10/11/2023 : Rollie's: Sauk Rapids, MN
10/12/2023 : The Hook and Ladder Theater & : Minneapolis, MN
10/13/2023 : Codfish Hollow Barnstormers: Maquoketa, IA
10/14/2023 : Space: Evanston, IL
10/15/2023 : High Noon Saloon: Madison, WI
10/16/2023 : Rumors Roadhouse BBQ: Plymouth, WI
10/17/2023 : Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill: Grand Rapids, MI
10/18/2023 : Beachland Ballroom: Cleveland, OH
10/19/2023 : The Southgate House Revival: Newport, KY
10/20/2023 : Duke’s Indy: Indianapolis, IN
10/21/2023 : Frankies: Toledo, OH
10/22/2023 : Natalie's Grandview (Music Hal: Columbus, OH
10/23/2023 : Bluebird: Bloomington, IN
10/24/2023 : Rose Bowl Tavern: Urbana, IL
10/25/2023 : Off Broadway: St. Louis, MO
10/26/2023 : The Coda Concert House: Joplin, MO
10/28/2023 : Broken Spoke: Austin, TX
11/10/2023 : John T. Floore Country Store: Helotes, TX
11/22/2023 : Luckenbach Texas: Fredericksburg, TX
11/26/2023 : The Redbird Listening Room: New Braunfels, TX
12/13/2023 : The Kenney Store: Kenney, TX
12/15/2023 : Buck's Backyard: Buda, TX
12/31/2023 : Kendalia Halle: Kendalia, TX
05/04/2024 : Old Town Theatre: Huntsville, TX

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From an early age I knew music and entertainment were in my blood. I have always been enamored with the idea of being in this industry, though I never wanted to be a front and center "Star". Taking the audience behind the scenes for up close conversations with the artists they love is where I want to be. Life in lyrics has always been my style, so as my favorite country artist Wade Hayes sings, I am living my life and chasing my dreams! Conducting interviews, meeting talented people and sharing stories and adventure are my passion. My new favorite hashtag is #iaskyouanswer, so stay tuned for more interviews, articles and adventures!