I’m pushing every scarf and purse out of my way as I inch closer and closer to the ticket table. There’s a line a mile long at C-Boy’s Heart and Soul in South Austin. I stand on my tiptoes to get a glance at Dale Watson’s signature-silver pompadour as he strums along on the back stage.

Thankfully the beer line is a little bit shorter. I take a cold sip as I stare down at my two-dollar ticket for the first round of Chicken Sh** Bingo. The packed dancehall crowds around the small cage as the rooster steps around, picking at feed atop the winning numbers. The anticipation is agonizing as its rear end moves away from my chance for a hundred-dollar payout.


Dale Watson performing at C-boys Heart and Soul. Photo by Andrew Blanton

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