Craft Recordings celebrates the reissue of Ted Hawkins’ 1982 album Watch Your Step. This release marks the first-ever official vinyl reissue of Watch Your Step, available on August 3, 2018 (8/3). From his obscure beginnings in Biloxi, Mississippi, to playing on the streets of Venice, California for small change, to experiencing notoriety in Europe as thousands flocked to his concerts before his untimely death: Ted Hawkins lived what he sang; of that, there is no doubt. His powerful, soulful voice awed listeners as he shared his beautifully troubled world. For the first-time fans can experience Watch Your Stepon 180-gram vinyl.
The songs on Watch Your Step may represent the pinnacle of the creativity of Ted Hawkins as a writer. In 2015, the Austin-based Eight 30 label released a tribute album, Cold and Bitter Tears, which includes covers by artists such as Mary Gauthier, James McMurtry and Kasey Chambers, all largely drawn from his Rounder catalog. Country artist Anderson East covered his “Sorry You’re Sick” in 2018.
The vinyl re-release of Watch Your Step celebrates a truly exceptional talent-Ted Hawkins-whose music and compositions have endured in a way that he might never have imagined possible.