Willie Watson Announces Additional North American Tour Dates; Session With SiriusXM – The Village Folk Show – Airing This Week


Willie Watson
Willie Watson

Willie Watson is excited to announce additional 2014 North American tour dates. On top of already announced headlining shows this month as well as performances as a member of Dave Rawlings Machine (Dave Rawlings, Gillian Welch, Willie Watson, John Paul Jones, and Paul Kowert), Willie will be performing additional headlining tour dates in October as well a number of shows in October and November supporting Shovels & Rope. For a full list of Willie’s upcoming shows, see below.

In addition to these new dates, Willie recently did a session with Sirius XM’s The Village Folk Show, which will be airing multiple times this week on SiriusXM The Village channel 741, SiriusXM 32, and on the SiriusXM App.


Willie is touring in support of his recently released debut album Folk Singer Vol. 1 which is available now for purchase through iTunesAmazon, and Willie’s own website. The album is out now on Gillian Welch’s Acony Records and has received acclaim from The Guardian, who called it “haunting folk that evokes the past masters” in their 4-star review.

The album was produced by the legendary David Rawlings, longtime friend and producer of Watson’s previous band, Old Crow Medicine Show. “There’s a lot of weight in the way Willie performs,” says Rawlings. “He’s had some tragedy in his life, which has informed his art. There’s an emotional edge to what he does because of who he is as a human being. Willie is the only one of his generation who can make me forget these songs were ever sung before.” The album features ten songs ranging from folk standards to obscure gems.

Willie Watson Tour Dates

7/15  Ashland, VA @ Ashland Coffee & Tea

7/16  Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle – Backroom

7/17  Abingdon, VA @ Abingdon Music Experience

7/18  Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival

7/19  Peninsula, OH @ G.A.R. Hall

7/20  Princeton, WV @ Mountain Stage

7/24  Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground – Showcase Lounge

7/25  Cornish, ME @ Ossippee Valley Bluegrass Festival

7/26-7/27 Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival

8/2-8/3 Happy Valley, OR @ Pickathon

8/29  Fayetteville, AR @ Fayetteville Roots Festival

8/31  Steelville, MO @ Steelfest

9/3  Bristol, UK @ St. Bonaventure’s Parish Social Club

9/4 Newcastle upon Tyne, UK @ The Cluny

9/5 Glasgow, UK @ CCA (Centre for Contemporary Art)

9/6  Manchester, UK @ Night & Day Cafe

9/7  Sheffield, UK @ The Greystones

9/8  London, UK @ The Borderline

9/10 Dublin, IRE @ Button Factory

9/11  Cork, IRE @ Coughlan’s Live

9/12  Kilkenny, IRE @ Cleere’s Bar & Theatre

9/13  Roscrea Co. Tipperary, IRE @ Leap Castle

9/18  Nashville, TN @ Americana Music Festival

9/19  Bristol, TN @ Bristol Rhythm and Roots

9/21  Blairsden, CA @ Lost Sierra Hoedown

9/22  Missoula, MT @ Wilma (DRM*)

9/23  Spokane ,WA @ Bing Crosby (DRM*)

9/24  Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre (DRM*)

9/25  Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom (DRM*)

9/27  Eugene, OR @ McDonald Theater (DRM*)

9/28  Arcata, CA @ Van Duzer (DRM*)

9/29  Grants Pass, OR @ Rogue Theater (DRM*)

9/30  Redding, CA @ Cascade Theater (DRM*)

10/1  Santa Cruz, CA @ Cocoanut Grove (DRM*)

10/3  Sonoma, CA  @ Gundlach Winery (DRM*)

10/5  Santa Barbara, CA @ Lobero Theatre (DRM*)

10/10  Los Angeles, CA @Bluegrass Situation Festival – Theatre at Ace Hotel

10/16  Ozark, AR @ Harvest Music Festival

10/18  Indianapolis, IN @ The Hi-Fi

10/20  St. Louis, MO @ Sheldon Concert Hall & Ballroom +

10/21 Chicago, IL @ City Winery

10/23  Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center +

10/24  Stoughton, WI @ Stoughton Opera House +

10/25  Ames, IA @ The Maintenance Shop +

10/26  Hesston, KS @ Prairie Window Concert Series

10/29  Tulsa, OK @ Cains Ballroom **

10/31  Houston, TX @ Fitzgeralds – Upstairs **

11/1  Austin, TX @ Cactus Cafe

11/4  Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom **

11/5  Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern **

11/7  Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre **

11/8  San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore **

11/9  Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom  **

11/11 Seattle, WA @ Neptune **

11/13  Raleigh, NC @ Fletcher Opera House

11/15 Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre **

11/16  Boulder, CO @ Fox Theater **

* Willie as a member of DRM/Dave Rawlings Machine.  DRM = Dave Rawlings, Gillian Welch, Willie Watson, John Paul Jones & Paul Kowert

+ Mikaela Davis supports

** Willie opens for Shovels & Rope