In 1998, Texas country & western singer and songwriter Dale Watson issued his debut volume of Truckin' Sessions for Koch International. It was a stunning collection of 14 self-penned tunes written in the tradition of Red Simpson, Dave Dudley, Merle Haggard, and Red Sovine. Since that time, Watson's cut over a dozen more records in studio and live. All of them could have been written in the 1960s. This is not to say that Watson's merely a historical revivalist: he simply writes and records his songs without the use of modern effects and takes no note of what's happening in the music world of the 21st century. What's more, it works. Watson is one of the most remarkably consistent, prolific, and significant songwriters to emerge from Texas since the '60s, even if no one outside of Americana and hardcore country & western music fans know it.