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For nearly two decades, Willie Watson has made modern folk music rooted in older traditions. Hes 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 dont actually belong to those artists, though. They dont belong to anyone. Instead, theyre 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. Hes 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 Watsons sound while consolidating his strengths. Several singers and sidemen make appearances here, including Gillian Welch, the Punch Brothers Paul Kowert, and Old
  • Start:February 03, 2018 Time: 9:00 PM
  • End:February 03, 2018 Time: 11:59 PM
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  • Where:Grey Eagle Tavern, 185 Clingman Avenue, Asheville, North Carolina, United States
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