Nick Waterhouse

Origin: Los Angeles, CA.

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Genres: jazz, rhythm & blues, Soul

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Nick Waterhouse is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and record producer.  Known for his vintage-inspired pop and rhythm & blues aesthetic whose music recalls the sounds of the 1950’s and early 1960’s while possessing a modern-day level of energy and cool.

Waterhouse was born in Southern California in 1987; his parents were serious music fans, and he grew up with the sounds of classic blues, soul, and rock sides by the likes of Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, John Lee Hooker and Van Morrison filling the house.  As a child, he studied the trumpet, but when he was 13 he picked up the guitar, and while attending high school in Huntington Beach he formed a mod-styled R&B combo called the Intelligentsia.  The Intelligentsia earned a large and loyal local following, but when Waterhouse’s  bandmates went off to college after the end of senior year, the group broke up and Waterhouse relocated to San Francisco.

Imagining the Bay Area as a good place to launch a musical career Waterhouse found the local music scene uninviting.  However, he did find a job at a record store dealing in rare R&B and soul singles, where he was able to study the vintage sounds of the 50’s and 60’s at length.  He began writing songs and fell in with a group of like-minded musicians.  He also discovered The Distillery, an all-analog recording facility in Costa Mesa, California.  After a number of live sessions at The Distillery, Waterhouse released a single on his own Pres Records label, “Some Place,” whose press run was quickly snapped up by collectors of modern-day R&B sounds.  He has remained a standard-bearer for analog recording techniques, and retro-style, both evident on his subsequent albums.

In 2012, after relocating to Los Angeles and touring Europe with his band the Tarots, Waterhouse released his first full-length album, Time’s All Gone.  Also during this period, he began branching out into studio work, producing an album for L.A. garage-psych band the Allah-Las.   In 2014, he returned to his solo career with his sophomore effort, Holly.  The eponymous Nick Waterhouse albums arrives in spring 2019.

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Nick Waterhouse discography

Time’s All Gone – 2012

Holly – 2014

Never Twice – 2016

Nick Waterhouse – 2019

Sacramento’s K-ZAP 93.3 FM plays Nick Waterhouse.  All part of 50 years of Rock, Blues and More, 24-7 on our station’s stream at K-ZAP.ORG/LISTEN/

Check out Nick Waterhouse’s newest single “Song For Winners.”