Dale Watson is a honky tonk hero and country music maverick, a true outlaw carrying on where Waylon Jennings left off. A member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame, he stands alongside Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and George Strait as one of the finest country singers and songwriters from the Lone Star State.
Although Dale has made his name as a Texas artist, he actually was born in Alabama. Moving to Houston as a teenager, his musical journey began right out of high school as he started playing clubs and local honky-tonks. In 1988, it led him to move to Los Angeles on the advice of rockabilly singer-guitarist Rosie Flores. He played in the house band at the legendary Palomino Club in Hollywood for a couple years and recorded a few singles before moving to Nashville to write songs for a publishing company run by Gary Morris (writer of such country/pop hits as “The Wind Beneath My Wings“). Commercial country did not fit the fiercely independent songwriter so Dale relocated to Austin, Texas where he got a record deal and wrote several songs poking fun at the industry side of Nashville, including “Nashville Rash” from his Hightone debut Cheatin’ Heart Attack and “A Real Country Song” from his 1996 follow-up Blessed or Damned.
For more information, please visit Dale Watson’s website.
Robert Harding has over thirty years playing experience on the guitar. Robert studied classical guitar with Robert Guthrie at Southern Methodist University where he earned a Master of Music degree focusing on guitar performance. He earned his Bachelor of Music at the University of North Texas majoring in guitar performance with a minor in music theory. Robert studied in Spain with Jose Luis Rodrigo and Jose Tomas, earning the Curso Internacional de Guitarra diploma from Conservatorio Superior de Musica Oscar Espla in Alacante, Spain. In addition to classical guitar Robert plays steel string and electric in bands and with singer songwriters.
Robert has been a featured performer on radio broadcasts (WRR Dallas) and has played with Dallas-area ensembles like the Texas Voices and Dallas Wind Symphony. His debut recording “Robert Harding, Guitarist 6/13” includes the music of Spanish and South American composers.
For more information, please visit Robert Harding’s website.