Maxwell’s: Dale Watson & His Lone Stars
[Continuing the ongoing Maxwell’s Memories feature here on Hoboken411. Paying tribute to bands that came and played at the legendary Maxwell’s at 1039 Washington Street – which is closing for good on July 31, 2013]
Maxwell’s Memories: Dale Watson and His Lone Stars
On June 11, 2011 – Dale Watson & His Lone Stars played a great show at Maxwell’s. Their show was described “The music in this show contains lyrics about Honky Tonks, Truck Driving Men, Drinkin’, Cheatin’ and other topics considered to be too provocative for today’s candy-assed Country Music.”
Well, they delivered the goods and put on a swell show at Maxwell’s that made you feel like you were back at their home base in Austin, Texas.
Dale Watson is real, authentic Country music
Dale Watson is always fun to see, his white pompadour and baritone voice are perfect for the authentic country music he truly believes in. He took requests from the audience and even covered some Merle Haggard.
Funny moment when a six pack of Lone Star Beer was delivered to the stage which Dale proceeded to treat like an award and share with the rest of the band. The sing-along on “Country My Ass” was a crowd pleaser. Good times.
About Maxwell’s Memories
Maxwell’s Bar officially opened back in 1978 by the Fallon family, and was converted from a “workers tavern” (for nearby Maxwell House coffee workers), into a “Bar/restaurant.” After the original members of The Bongos rehearsed some material in the back-room (which at the time was unused), “live music” began to catch on, and Hoboken was beginning to become inviting to both musicians and artists. Maxwell’s was also even believed to be the first restaurant to offer a “Sunday brunch” in town.
In the mid-90’s, due to some ownership re-arrangements, Maxwell’s was briefly a micro-brew pub, trying to capitalize on that fad, but quickly reverted back to a standard comfort food bar/restaurant and music venue in 1998 – and had remained that way ever since.
Despite apparently being named the number three “rock ‘n’ roll club” in America by Rolling Stone magazine in 2013 – Maxwell’s announced their abandonment of the property (and Hoboken), effective July 31, 2013.
Maxwell’s Memories is a collection of previously unpublished photographs and videos of various bands and acts that performed on the famous local stage.