Willie Watson Premieres Music Video For “Gallows Pole”

Willie Watson’s new music video for “Gallows Pole” is premiering today at NPR Music. Watch HERE.

“Gallows Pole” is from Watson’s highly anticipated new solo album, Folksinger Vol. 2,which is out now on Acony Records (listen or purchase here).

In celebration of the album, Watson is currently in the midst of an extensive fall headline tour, including upcoming shows at L.A.’s Largo at the Coronet, Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music, DC’s Songbyrd and Philadelphia’s Boot & Saddle as well as two co-headline shows with Colter Wall at NYC’s Rough Trade and Mercury Lounge. Watson will continue the tour into 2018 with newly confirmed shows in Birmingham, Decatur, Charlotte, Asheville, Carrboro, Bristol, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Nashville, Austin, Houston, Santa Fe, Phoenix and San Diego. Tickets for the 2018 tour dates will go on-sale this Friday, September 29. See below for complete details.

Produced by David Rawlings and recorded on analog tape at Woodland Sound Studios in Nashville, TN, the album features eleven songs unearthed from the canon of American folk music including songs popularized by Leadbelly, Reverend Gary Davis, Furry Lewis and Bascom Lamar Lunsford. Special guests include The Fairfield Four on three tracks as well as Gillian Welch, Old Crow Medicine Show’s Morgan Jahnig and Punch Brothers’Paul Kowert.

“I’m not trying to prove any point here,” Watson comments, “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.”

Based in Los Angeles, Watson is a member of the Dave Rawlings Machine and will soon make his acting debut in the Coen Brother’s forthcoming Netflix series, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.”


September 26—Berkeley, CA—Freight & Salvage*

September 27—San Luis Obispo, CA—SLO Brewing Company*

September 28—Los Angeles, CA—Largo at the Coronet*

September 29—Pioneertown, CA—Pappy & Harriet’s*

October 7—San Francisco, CA—Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival

October 13—Louisville, KY—Zanzabar†

October 14—Ann Arbor, MI—The Ark†

October 15—Bloomington, IN—The Bluebird†

October 17—Newport, KY—Southgate House Revival Room†

October 18—Chicago, IL—Old Town School of Folk Music†

October 19—Cleveland, OH—Music Box Supper Club†

October 20—Lexington, KY—The Burl†

October 21—Columbus, OH—The Basement†

October 23—Washington, DC—Songbyrd†

October 25—Brooklyn, NY—Rough Trade‡

October 26—New York, NY—Mercury Lounge‡ (SOLD OUT)

October 27—Hudson, NY—Club Helsinki†

October 28—Ithaca, NY—The Haunt†

October 30—Philadelphia, PA—Boot & Saddle†

November 1—Allston, MA—Great Scott§

November 2—Burlington, VT—Higher Ground Showcase Lounge§

November 3—Portsmouth, NH—The Music Hall Loft§

November 4—Rockland, ME—The Historic Strand Theatre§

November 5—Holyoke, MA—Gateway City Arts§

January 31Birmingham, ALWorkplay (ON-SALE 9/29)

February 1Decatur, GAEddie’s Attic (ON-SALE 9/29)

February 2Charlotte, NCNeighborhood Theatre (ON-SALE 9/29)

February 3Asheville, NCThe Grey Eagle (ON-SALE 9/29)

February 6Athens, GAThe Foundry (ON-SALE 9/29)

February 7Carrboro, NCCat’s Cradle – Back Room (ON-SALE 9/29)

February 8Bristol, VABirthplace of Country Music Museum (ON-SALE 9/29)

February 9Chattanooga, TNBarking Legs Theater (ON-SALE 9/29)

February 10Knoxville, TNBarley’s Tap Room (ON-SALE 9/29)

February 11Nashville, TN3rd & Lindsley (ON-SALE 9/29)

February 14Austin, TXCactus Café (ON-SALE 9/29)

February 15Houston, TXMucky Duck (ON-SALE 9/29)

February 18Santa Fe, NMMeow Wolf (ON-SALE 9/29)

February 20Phoenix, AZValley Bar (ON-SALE 9/29)

February 22San Diego, CACasbah (ON-SALE 9/29)

*with support from Bedouine

†with support from Suzanne Santo of HoneyHoney

‡co-headline with Colter Wall

§with support from Lucette

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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