Old Crow Medicine Show founding member Willie Watson is coming Thursday to La Crosse’s Cavalier Theater.
Since parting ways with Old Crow Medicine Show, which he helped start in the late 1990s, Watson has specialized in older folk songs that still resonate today, including everything from Southern gospel and Delta blues to railroad songs, Irish fiddle tunes and Appalachian tales of tragedy.
Last fall, Watson released his second solo album, “Folksinger Vol. 2,” an 11-song collection of classics and lesser-known gems pulled from the traditional folk music canon, including “Gallows Pole” and “John Henry.” Produced by David Rawlings at Woodland Sound Studios in Nashville, the multi-instrumentalist is joined on the album by the Fairfield Four and Gillian Welch, among others.
National Public Radio had this to say after the release of his new album last fall: “As a solo artist, Watson has dug ever deeper into plainspoken roots and traditional folk music, with a sound cleanly rooted in the past. But his songs are too vibrant to feel like museum pieces.”
Opening the Cavalier Theater show will be Katie Pruitt, a Nashville singer/songwriter known for her dynamic, soulful and bluesy style, and Andy Hughes, a La Crosse favorite who in addition to fronting the rock/ska band TUGG is making a name for himself in the Americana realm as a singer/songwriter since the release last year of his solo debut, “Heartland and Heartaches.”
Tickets for this all-ages show are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at People’s Food Co-op and Deaf Ear Records or online at www.eventbrite.com.