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Willie Watson

Willie Watson Tour Dates and Upcoming Concerts

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Category Blues
Concerts
Jun
28
Trails End Music Festival 2024
Etna
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Jul
18
Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival 2024
Trumansburg
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Jul
18
The Word Barn
Exeter
Tickets
Jul
19
State Theatre
Portland
Tickets
Jul
23
Caffè Lena
Saratoga Springs
Tickets
Jul
24
Ossipee Valley Music Festival 2024
Hiram
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Jul
25
Nectar's
Burlington
Tickets
Aug
22
Pitchfork Social
Salt Spring Island
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Nov
20
The Pageant
St Louis
Tickets
Nov
21
Val Air Ballroom
West Des Moines
Tickets
Nov
22
Riverside Theater
Milwaukee
Tickets
Nov
23
Hancher Auditorium
Iowa City
Tickets
About Willie Watson
For nearly two decades, Willie Watson has made modern folk music rooted in older traditions. He’s a folksinger in the classic sense: a singer, storyteller, and traveller, with a catalog of songs that bridge the gap between the past and present. On Folksinger Vol. 2, he acts as a modern interpreter of older songs, passing along his own version of the music that came long before him. Southern gospel. Railroad songs. Delta blues. Irish fiddle tunes. Appalachian music. Folksinger Vol. 2 makes room for it all. Produced by David Rawlings, the album carries on a rich tradition in folk music: the sharing and swapping of old songs. Long ago, the 11 compositions that appear on Folksinger Vol. 2 were popularized by artists like Leadbelly, Reverend Gary Davis, Furry Lewis, and Bascom Lamar Lunsford. The songs don’t actually belong to those artists, though. They don’t belong to anyone. Instead, they’re part of the folk canon, passed from generation to generation by singers like Watson.  And what a singer he is. With a quick vibrato and rich range, he breathes new life into classic songs like “Samson and Delilah,” one of several songs featuring harmonies from gospel quartet the Fairfield Four. He’s a balladeer on “Gallows Pole,” whose melancholy melodies are echoed by the slow swells of a four-piece woodwind ensemble, and a bluesman on “When My Baby Left Me,” accompanying himself with sparse bursts of slide guitar. “Dry Bones” finds him crooning and hollering over a bouncing banjo, while “Take This Hammer” closes the album on a penitent note, with Watson singing to the heavens alongside a congregation of Sunday morning soul singers. Arriving three years after Folksinger Vol. 1 — his first release since parting ways with the Old Crow Medicine Show, whose platinum-selling music helped jumpstart the 21st century folk revival — Vol. 2 expands Watson’s sound while consolidating his strengths. Several singers and sidemen make appearances here, including Gillian Welch, the Punch Brothers’ Paul Kowert, and Old Crow bandmate Morgan Jahnig. Even so, Watson has never sounded more commanding, more confident, more connected to the music that inspires him. “I’m not trying to prove any point here,” he insists, “and I’m not trying to be a purist. There’s so much beauty in this old music, and it affects me on a deep level. It moves me and inspires me. I heard Leadbelly singing with the Golden Gate Quartet and it sounded fantastic, and I thought, ‘I want to do that.’ I heard the Grateful Dead doing their version of ‘On the Road Again,’ and it sounded like a dance party in 1926, and I wanted to do that, too. That’s the whole reason I ever played music in the first place — because it looked and sounded like it was going to be a lot of fun.” Nodding to the past without resurrecting it, Willie Watson turns Folksinger Vol. 2 into something much more than an interpretation of older songs. The album carries on the spirit of a time nearly forgotten. It taps into the rich core of roots music. It furthers the legacy of American folk. And perhaps most importantly, it shows the full range of Willie Watson’s artistry, matching his instrumental and vocal chops with a strong appreciation for the songs that have shaped not only a genre, but an entire country.
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Blues
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What fans are saying
Philip
5 / 5
A brilliant singer of songs, folksinger, raconteur and now apparently potential Oscar winner!
The Bodega Nottingham Nottingham, United Kingdom
Jan 26, 2019
Aaron
5 / 5
GREAT MUSICIAN, GREAT SONGWRITER, GREAT VENUE, GREAT CROWD at Drytown every time!!!!!
Drytown Club Drytown, CA
Jun 18, 2023
Eli
5 / 5
This was one amazing show, Kate Rhudy was beyond amazing as well
Off Broadway St Louis, MO
May 06, 2019
Jon
5 / 5
incredible, Willie and his new band fit so well together!
Race Street Live Holyoke, MA
May 08, 2022
Kristian
5 / 5
An outstanding concert. As simple as that.
Ideal Bar @ Vega København, Denmark
Nov 10, 2019
Jim
5 / 5
Amazing voice and talent-highly recommend
Hopmonk Tavern Sebastopol, CA
Jun 17, 2023
Dan'l
4 / 5
Awesome show and venue!
The Grey Eagle Asheville, NC
Feb 05, 2018
Lee
5 / 5
Killer as always
Off Broadway St Louis, MO
May 09, 2019
Adam
5 / 5
A class act.
The Bluebird Denver, CO
Dec 11, 2018
Russ
5 / 5
Just perfect...
The Deaf Institute Manchester, United Kingdom
Oct 30, 2019
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Willie Watson Tour Cities
Burlington, VT Etna, CA Trumansburg, NY Hiram, ME Portland, ME Saratoga Springs, NY Exeter, NH St. Louis, MO West Des Moines, IA Iowa City, IA Milwaukee, WI Salt Spring Island, BC

Frequently Asked Questions About Willie Watson

Concerts & Tour Date Information

Is Willie Watson on tour?

Yes, Willie Watson is currently on tour. If you’re interested in attending an upcoming Willie Watson concert, make sure to grab your tickets in advance. The Willie Watson tour is scheduled for 12 dates across 12 cities. Get information on all upcoming tour dates and tickets for 2024-2025 with Hypebot.

How many upcoming tour dates is Willie Watson scheduled to play?

Willie Watson is scheduled to play 12 shows between 2024-2025. Buy concert tickets to a nearby show through Hypebot.

When does the Willie Watson tour start?

Willie Watson’s tour starts Jun 28, 2024 and ends on Nov 23, 2024. They will play 12 cities; their most recent concert was held in Etna at The Trails End Music Festival and their next upcoming concert will be in Etna at The Trails End Music Festival.

What venues is Willie Watson performing at?

As part of the Willie Watson tour, Willie Watson is scheduled to play across the following venues and cities:

2024 Tour Dates:

Jun 28 - Etna, CA @ The Trails End Music Festival
Jul 18 - Trumansburg, NY @ Tompkins County Fairgrounds
Jul 18 - Exeter, NH @ The Word Barn
Jul 19 - Portland, ME @ State Theatre
Jul 23 - Saratoga Springs, NY @ Caffè Lena
Jul 24 - Hiram, ME @ Ossipee Valley Fairgrounds
Jul 25 - Burlington, VT @ Nectar's
Aug 22 - Salt Spring Island, BC @ Pitchfork Social
Nov 20 - St Louis, MO @ The Pageant
Nov 21 - West Des Moines, IA @ Val Air Ballroom
Nov 22 - Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
Nov 23 - Iowa City, IA @ Hancher Auditorium
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