WILLIE WATSON – FOLKSINGER VOLUME 2

Old Crow Medicine Show founder member and contemporary folk singer Willie Watson returns with volume 2 of his re-interpreted old time folk classics and obscure treasures. Watson, who having left OCMS back in 2011 citing the bands change of direction and the onset of fatherhood, abandoned his initial solo singer/songwriter trajectory after discovering a passion for re-discovering old folk tunes and putting his own slant on them. Folksinger Volume 1 produced by David Rawlings arrived in 2014 courtesy of Rawlings and Gillian Welsh’s Acony label and along with Watson’s captivating live appearances managed to garner enthusiastic responses and critical acclaim worldwide. Volume two continues the theme and much like the many attempts at re-visiting the great American songbook it seems Watson has discovered and started to rework what could be termed the great American folkbook and so far (with a few obscure exceptions, his producer included) in 2017 it’s a genre of one. Once again an eclectic mix of rediscovered gems, Watson’s distinctive and captivating tenor and Rawlings imaginative and sympathtetic production are the order of the day…..if it aint broke etc. Enlisting the support of Gillian Welsh, Paul Kowert, Morgan Jahnig and the magnificent vocals of the Fairfield Four certainly helps brings them to life, making them accessible to a contemporary audience whilst retaining their integrity. Perrenial folk standards ‘Samson and Delilah’ ‘John Henry’ ‘Gallows Pole’ ‘Always Lift Him Up and Never Knock Him Down’ sit side by side with the more obscure selections to round out another fine collection from this multi talented troubadour. Kim Cheshire