Friday, August 31, 2018

Grammy award winner Willie Watson to play Feist Wines - Sept 21 & 22

On Friday, September 21 and Saturday, September 22 at 7 p.m., 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 5 p.m.

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.


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