On Friday, September 21 and Saturday, September 22 at Grammy award winner Willie Watson returns to Feist Wines.
For nearly two decades, Watson has made modern folk music rooted in older traditions. He’s a folksinger in the classic sense: a singer, storyteller, and traveler, with a catalog of songs that bridge the gap between the past and present.
In his new album 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.
And what a singer he is. With a quick vibrato and rich range, he breathes new life into classic songs. His new album arriving three years after Folksinger Vol. 1 — his first release since parting ways with the Old Crow Medicine Show, whose platinum-selling music helped jump start the 21st century folk revival — Vol. 2 expands Watson’s sound while consolidating his strengths.
“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.”
Wood fired pizza and small plates will be available starting at
Tickets are $25 for general admission and are available at feistwines.com or in the tasting room.
NOTE: Watson's prior shows at Feist sold out quickly.