Not that Watson doesn’t look back. Under the Influence finds him investing his resonant baritone voice and his band’s ace chops in the deep cuts of Conway Twitty, Lefty Frizzell, Bob Wills, Mel Tillis, Ronnie Milsap, Roy Head, Little Richard, Doug Sahm, Johnny Cash, Buck Owens, and Merle Haggard, the latter two of whom also get heartfelt homages on Dale & Ray. But, as Lot’s wife could attest, there’s looking back and there’s looking back. When Watson and Benson sing “Let’s forget about tomorrow today,” they’re clearly living in the moment.
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