Small Lot Winery Produces Big Music Shows
SUTTER CREEK, CA - Grammy award winner Willie Watson returns to Feist Wines Thursday, December 12 at 7PM and Friday, December 13 at 7PM.
For nearly two decades, Watson has made modern folk music rooted in tradition. He is a folksinger in the classic sense: singer, storyteller, and traveler, with a catalog of songs that bridge the gap between the past and present. He acts as a modern interpreter of old songs, passing along his own version of the music that came long before him.
Watson’s newly released album Folksinger Vol. 2 makes room for southern gospel, railroad songs. delta blues, Irish fiddle tunes and Appalachian music. Produced by David Rawlings, it carries on a rich tradition in folk music, the sharing and swapping of old songs. Long ago, the 11 compositions that appear on Folksinger Vol. 2 were popularized by artists like Leadbelly, Reverend Gary Davis, Furry Lewis, and Bascom Lamar Lunsford. The songs don’t actually belong to those artists, though. They don’t belong to anyone. Instead, they’re part of the folk canon, passed from generation to generation by singers like Watson.
And what a singer he is. With a quick vibrato and rich range, he breathes new life into classic songs like “Samson and Delilah.” Arriving three years after Folksinger Vol. 1 Watson’s first release since parting ways with the Old Crow Medicine Show, whose platinum-selling music helped jumpstart the 21st century folk revival Vol. 2 expands Watson’s sound while consolidating his strengths. He has never sounded more commanding, more confident, and more connected to the music that inspires him.
“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 6 p.m. Thursday and 5 p.m. Friday.