Austin, TX honky-tonker Dale Watson is coming to the UK for select November dates on the heels of his new live album, Live at the Big T Roadhouse, Chicken S#!+ Bingo Sunday. The album is out now is the followup to his Lloyd Maines-produced studio album, Call Me Insane. Live at the Big T … is a perfect snapshot of Watson and his ace band, His Lonestars, live in concert at the peak of their performing prowess, all while hosting a Chicken S#!+ Bingo show at Dale’s own bar, the Big T Roadhouse in St. Hedwig, Texas. The ‘bingo” game involves a caged hen strutting across a plywood board divided into numbered squares while betting customers gather ’round the cage, hoping the bird will drop its mark on their chosen numeral.
If you’ve never seen Watson live, this album is the next best thing — an intimate show for an audience of mixed ages and backgrounds, all enjoying an afternoon of live honky tonk and classic country music framed by Watson’s hilarious between-song banter. Songs include a down and dirty version of Jerry Reed’s “Amos Moses” and Watson’s version of Merle Haggard’s barroom classic, “The Bottle Let Me Down.” Other Watson favorites include his unofficial theme song, “I Lie When I Drink (And I Drink a Lot),” “Honky Tonkers Don’t Cry” and his truck driving anthem, “I Gotta Drive.”