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For His 30th Album, Dale Watson Pays Tribute to Lead Belly and the 12-String Guitar

July 26, 2023 | By Anthony Head

In 2020, Dale Watson moved to Marshall, right in the same neck of the Piney Woods where early 1900s blues legend Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter began learning the musical instrument that would earn him the moniker “King of the 12-String Guitar.” Watson pays tribute to Lead Belly and his historic guitar on the title track of Starvation Box, a new 12-song collection named for the expression that Lead Belly’s father used for mocking his son’s guitar, the very symbol of his career.

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