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The Best of the Hightone Years
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Album: The Best of the Hightone Years
# Song Title   Time
1)    Hey Driver
2)    You Lie
3)    Caught
4)    Honkiest Tonkiest Beer Joint
5)    Cheatin' Heart Attack
6)    Blessed or Damned
7)    Nashville Rash
8)    Truckin' Man
9)    Tell 'Em I Ain't Here
10)    Pity Party
11)    I Hate These Songs
12)    Cowboy Lloyd Cross
13)    Truckstop in La Grange
 

Album: The Best of the Hightone Years
# Song Title   Time
1)    Hey Driver
2)    You Lie
3)    Caught
4)    Honkiest Tonkiest Beer Joint
5)    Cheatin' Heart Attack
6)    Blessed or Damned
7)    Nashville Rash
8)    Truckin' Man
9)    Tell 'Em I Ain't Here
10)    Pity Party
11)    I Hate These Songs
12)    Cowboy Lloyd Cross
13)    Truckstop in La Grange
 
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  • Personnel includes: Dale Watson (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars);
  • Dave Biller (acoustic & electric guitars, background vocals); Lloyd Maines (acoustic guitar, steel guitar); Robert Lily (acoustic guitar); Redd Volkaert, Jerry Donahue (electric guitar); Jimmy Day, Scott Walls, Marty Muse, Herb Steiner, Marty Rifkin (steel guitar); Gene Elders (fiddle); Floyd Domino (piano, Wurlitzer piano); Craig Pettigrew (acoustic & electric basses); Preston Rumbaugh (acoustic bass); Dave Sanger, Merel Bregante, Terry Westbrook, Dennis Vanderhoof (drums); John Ludwick, Karen Poston, Kari Norwood, John Minton (background vocals).
  • Recorded at Congress House, Pedernales, Arlynn Studios, Austin, Texas.
  • All tracks have been digitally remastered.
  • Personnel: Dale Watson (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, background vocals); Dave Biller (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, background vocals); Lloyd Maines (acoustic guitar, steel guitar); Robert Lily (acoustic guitar); Jerry Donahue, Redd Volkaert (electric guitar); Jimmy Day, Marty Rifkin, Scott Walls, Herb Steiner, Marty Muse (steel guitar); Gene Elders (fiddle); Floyd Domino (piano, Wurlitzer organ); Craig Allan Pettigrew (bass guitar); David Sanger , Dennis Vanderhoof, Merle Brigante (drums); Karen Poston, John Ludwick, John Minton (background vocals).
  • Audio Mixer: Michael Dumas.
  • Recording information: Arlynn, Austin, TX; Congress House Studio, Austin, TX; Pedernales, Austin, TX.
  • While Dale Watson is heavily influenced by Merle Haggard in his singing, songwriting, and image, criticizing him for that is like criticizing any contemporary singer-songwriter for following in the unavoidable footsteps of Bob Dylan. As this extremely useful career summary shows, Watson is an important country artist in his own right. He carries the torch of honky-tonk music, singing about verities like cheating, drinking, trucking, and the tribulations of the working man over a band that's honed it's chops in countless roadhouses across the country. Watson's deep, unwavering tone is completely convincing on a tradition-minded twangfest like "Truckin' Man," but the twist comes when you realize that the song is sung from the point of view of a non-trucking daydreamer. Similarly, "Pity Party" and "I Hate These Songs" turn the convention of the cry-in-your-beer weeper ever so slightly on its ear while fitting comfortably in the tradition that inspired them. As THE BEST OF THE HIGHTONE YEARS makes clear, Watson is fully capable of filling the shoes of Merle for a new generation without resorting to mere imitation.
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