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Darren Watson | Getting Sober For The End Of The World!
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Darren Watson | Getting Sober For The End Of The World!
Project 2019-11-26 13:34:14 +1300
Hi, I'm currently busy recording my seventh solo album at my home studio in Ngaio, Lamington Recording.
Getting Sober For The End Of The World! (hey, it's a working title at this stage) is the planned follow-up to my 2018 album Too Many Millionaires. It will mine similar acoustic blues territory, although I promise both a longer and a slightly more diverse outing this time.
The core band is me singing and playing guitar with Delia Shanly on drums and percussion, and Steve Moodie on double bass. I will augment this with Dayle Jellyman on piano and organ, Terry Casey on harmonica, Craig Denham on accordion, and there's even talk of a small string section on a track or two! By recording everything at The Lamington I've saved big-time on recording costs. The plan is to release this one early/mid 2020 digitally and on compact disc.
Plans are also afoot for another NZ-wide concert tour after the huge success of the Too Many Millionaires NZ Tour in May 2018. How could we not after the great crowds we had last time 'round?!
What do we need from you? Well, while the cost of recording the music is minimal and a lot of the musicians involved are giving freely of their time, we still need to raise funds to pay for making the CDs and a few ancillary costs.
So the money will go on CD production, printing, postage, and the odd packet of the good stuff - loose leaf Dilmah tea. :-)
If we make any money over and above our target it will go on making an even better album and hopefully help us with promotion costs.
And that's it, folks. A new album on the way that I reckon you're gonna love as much as we enjoy making it. You can pre-order your copy right here or check out any of the other cool stuff we're offering as rewards for your pledges. Stuff like copies of previous albums to send to your friends, house concerts, come hear a track mixed, and loads more to come! In fact if you've got a cool idea for me to offer as a reward please let me know?
Even if you can't manage a pledge right now I'd really appreciate you sharing this around with all your roots music loving friends. Lots.
Songs currently being recorded:
Ernie Abbott's Soul
Zip It Sweetie
Love That I Had*
One Evil Man
Nothing In My Heart
All written by yours truly except * written by my good friend and talented songwriter Matt Hay.
Warning: The following is a bit of bragging about the last album y'all helped me make:
All in all, this is an enjoyable collection of timely tunes, with great performances all around, highlighting Watson’s soulful guitar playing and his powerful vocals. If you’re a fan of country blues done right, I think you might enjoy Too Many Millionaires. I know I did.
Blues Blast Magazine (USA)
Showing his measured approach to country blues, New Zealander Darren Watson takes on the moneyed class, deceitful politicians and two-timing lovers in the words to his well-drawn, engaging tunes, all eight respectable of tradition without seeming unctuous or archaic. There are, indeed, fresh qualities to his vocals and guitar work, and the resulting warm vibe can suggest Guy Davis’.
Downbeat Magazine (USA)
Anyone who thinks only Americans can authentically sing the blues should listen to this album by the New Zealander Darren Watson. It’s outstanding from beginning to end – the finest acoustic blues CD this reviewer has heard in quite some time.
Blues Matters Magazine (UK)
11/12/2019 at 10:40 AM
Thanks everyone for the pledges and shares. Please keep sharing this around. The recording sessions are going really well.
What a start!
30/11/2019 at 10:47 AM
You guys are simply amazing!
Thanks so much for getting us off to such a great start.
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"Hey Darren, Would like a CD copy of TMM too sent to Shanghai Can we add that to the delivery of the new CD and I make another pledge?"
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"Looking forward to it!"
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"Looking forward to hearing Darren's new album, It'll be a wee ripper, as usual."
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"Destined to become the greatest Blues album ever to be created on our shores, from the most talented bluesman we have. Bring it on DW!!!"
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"Best of luck Darren, can't wait to hear the fruits of your labour. Always a fan! Peter B"
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"So happy to be on another journey with you :)"
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"Hit me with your rhythm stink."
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"Good luck with the record Darren! (and thanks for your great Delta Blues lessons, etc...) Chris"
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"Keep up the good work, DW!"
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"Will be great to here some more Darren. From a Hot Left Overs fan."