Willie Watson Announces First Tour Dates of 2015


Willie Watson
Willie Watson

Photographer: Rich Fury

Having just wrapped up dates with Shovels & Rope following his tour with acoustic-supergroup Dave Rawlings Machine, called “one of the hottest string bands on the planet,” Willie Watson is excited to announce new tour dates for 2015, his first tour of the year. Following a week of shows on the East Coast including stops in New York, Washington DC, and Philadelphia, Willie will head up the West Coast for a number of dates in the latter half of January, including shows at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall, Seattle’s Tractor Tavern, and Portland’s Doug Fir Lounge. This will be Willie’s first headlining west coast tour. For the full itinerary, please see below.

To get a taste for what to expect on the upcoming tour, listen to Willie Watson’s set from Mountain Stage which is currently airing at NPR at the link below:


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 On Tour

Dec 18 – Santa Barbara, CA @ SoHo Restaurant And Music Club

Dec 20 – Buellton, CA @ Standing Sun Wines

Jan 05 – New York, NY @ City Winery (opening for Steve Earle)

Jan 06 – Nazareth, PA @ Nazareth Center For The Arts

Jan 07 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle

Jan 08 – Washington, DC @ The Hamilton

Jan 09 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade

Jan 10 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott

Jan 11 – Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall

Jan 20 – Napa, CA @ City Winery Napa

Jan 21 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall

Jan 22 – Arcata, CA @ Humboldt Brews

Jan 23 – Grants Pass, OR @ Rogue Theatre

Jan 24 – Eugene, OR @ Sam Bond’s Garage

Jan 25 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern

Jan 27 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge

Jan 28 – Redding, CA @ Vintage Wine Bar & Restaurant

Jan 30 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Don Quixote’s

Jan 31 – Amador City, CA @ Feist Wines