Willie Watson’s ‘Keep It Clean’ is your Folk Alliance International Song of the Day


The International Folk Alliance Conference & Winter Music Camp comes to KC February 19-23. To get you geared up for the folk blowout, every day we’re posting a song we like by one of the event’s showcase artists. 

Willie Watson is probably best known as a founding member of the old-time folk band Old Crow Medicine Show, which saw a fair amount of success a few years ago, sharing stages with the likes of Gillian Welch, Justin Townes Earle, and Mumford and Sons. In 2011, Watson struck out on his own. He has yet to release a debut album, but his solo sets are compelling enough. He has a little of a Bob Dylan quality about him, minus the nasal tones and the pretension, and that’s plenty enough for me. 

Technically, “Keep It Clean” is a Lyle Lovett song, but Watson does it so well here: 

For more information on the FAI and the upcoming conference, go here. Willie Watson will also be performing at Knuckleheads on Sunday, February 23. Details here

See also:

#23: John Fullbright’s “Gawd Above”
#22: Grant Lee Phillips’ “Walking in the Green Corn”
#21: The Carper Family’s “Foolish Ramblin’ Man”
#20: The Black Lillies’ “The Fall”
#19: Ganstagrass’ “Long Hard Times to Come”
#18: Chuck Mead’s “Girl on the Billboard”
#17: Jordie Lane’s “Feet Fall”
#16: The Howlin’ Brothers “Big Fall” 

#15: Jadea Kelly’s “Lone Wolf”
#14: The Sweet Lowdown’s “Red Shift Blues”
#13: The Stray Birds’ “Time in Squares”
#12: SHEL’s “Lost at Sea” 
#11: Uncle Bonsai’s “Penis Envy”
#10: Miss Tess’ “People Don’t Come Here for Gold”
#9: Baskery’s “The NoNo”

#8: The Farewell Drifters’ “Modern Age” 

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