Rob Watson
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Webpage: http://www.robwatsonlive.com
Location: Clemmons, NC, USA
Description: If you mix John Mayer, Curtis Mayfield and Ryan Adams, you will come up with Rob Watson. Not one to be classified, Rob spans just about all genres of music but his talent tends to lead him to radio quality modern rock, with a live show not to miss!
Biography: If you mix John Mayer, Curtis Mayfield and Ryan Adams, you will come up with Rob Watson. Not one to be classified, Rob spans just about all genres of music but his talent tends to lead him to radio quality modern rock, with a live show not to miss! Singer, songwriter, pianist, drummer and guitarist Rob Watson is one of North Carolinas best kept musical secrets. Hailing from Raleigh, NC, Rob Watson is a pure soul singer. In his voice, you can hear traces of U2s Bono, the late Jeff Buckley and damn, even Curtis Mayfield. He also plays the @#$% out of his guitar. Watson is a rarity. While others folks are content screaming their bloody heads off about, well, nothing, he pours his heart out and he actually has something to say. Watsons voice oozes originality, texture and a dash of pain. Watson first caused a stir a few years back with his band Abby 6, for which he played drums and sang lead vocals and sold out the cities music venue, The Brewery, nearly every month. Now Watson is back fronting his new venture and once again tuning heads... not just his home city but the state as well. With his new album (To Trade Hands,2005) Rob is hitting the road as well as the radio to spread the word that people still do make great music, still write great songs and if you can believe it, some even still play their own instruments!
Press Release:
Homebrew Independent Weekly Homebrew "To Trade Hands" Rob Watson (Abray Records) B Y G R A Y S O N C U R R I N Two years ago, Chris Edge, then the program director at G105, told me there were two reasons he didn't play local music. First, Edge--a guy with a family and a day job--insisted he didn't know about it. Irritating, but excusable. Edge's second reservation with local releases was their apparent lack of production value. The stuff of local studios just didn't meet the rigors of his Clear Channeled platform. Edge is gone, but, under its new leadership, G105 seems to be holding steady in its no-locals platform. And if those justifications remain, here's a request, G105: Play Rob Watson for a month, and see what happens. If G105 is up for Watson, his songs are beyond par for the station's rather mundane playlists. His work is fueled by a nearly scholastic eclecticism, showing studies of Jeff Buckley, Joe Jackson and some dozen classic soul and rock singers. Watson attaches a genuine country charm to the rock of his debut, To Trade Hands. That appeal blooms when Watson booms through meaty choruses and coddles around sweet verses. Impressively, it manages to transcend Watson's former nice guy, one-guitar solo act while retaining all of its best characteristics: sincerity, honesty and an unforgettable, homespun voice. G105 would do well to note that Five For Fighting's John Ondrasek has yet to conceive a single with the passion of Watson's "You Were Wrong," and Gavin Degraw--a longtime darling of the station--needs to do some living to reconcile himself with Watson's poignant piano ballad "In This World." But there's no reason to pick on G105 exclusively: Fans of James Taylor--ahem 101.5, 93.9, et al. --would swoon at the sound of the gorgeous title track, a gentle number sublimating beneath Watson's lived-in falsetto, his knack for been-there storytelling and Caitlin Cary's violin and vocal contributions. WBBB 96.1 says it plays "Rock that knows no boundaries!" Oh, really? Try Watson's "Baby," a Scott Weiland-nostalgia barnstormer that plows through a chorus with howling distortion and booming snares 'n' cymbals on the back of Dave Bartolomew's expertly high-test production. Come on, see what your station can do.