Darren Watson & The Real Deal Blues Band
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|Sat 4 Aug ’12, 8:30pm–11:00pm||
Where: St Peters Hall, Cnr Beach Rd and Ames St, Paekakariki
Restrictions: All Ages
Event listed by: Darren Watson
Darren Watson has returned from sell-out shows at the Manawatu Jazz Festival, and headline appearances at Australia's prestigious Blues On Broadbeach, and Australian Blues Music Festivals, to bring his powerhouse blues band to Saint Peter's Hall in Paekakariki on Saturday, August 4, 2012.
Darren's last coast appearance was a sold-out show at St. Peter's in August 2011, so get your tickets fast!
No-one plays the blues like Darren Watson. Over the better part of three decades he has developed a style that, while touching on all of the greats who inspired him, is personal, powerful and identifiably his own.
Watson gained national fame in the 80s as the fresh-faced, young front-man and guitarslinger for Smoke Shop. The band made two charting albums, had several radio hits, opened for international blues legends like Koko Taylor, Robert Cray, George Thorogood, & The Fabulous Thunderbirds. They toured tirelessly earning Watson a place alongside the likes of Midge Marsden, Hammond Gamble and Rick Bryant as one of this New Zealand's best blues interpreters.
Since leaving Smoke Shop in the early 90's he has cemented his reputation as the country's most original, contemporary blues voice, with three albums of world-class blues music: 2002's Tui-nominated King Size, 2005's South Pacific Soul, and 2010's internationally acclaimed Saint Hilda's Faithless Boy. During this time Darren also fulfilled a life-long ambition working alongside one of his childhood R&B heroes, touring extensively as sideman for Midge Marsden and, more recently performing as side-man to Chicago blues harmonica legend Billy Boy Arnold. He's also opened for New Orleans funkster Dr. John, Doug McLeod, Joe Cocker, Keb Mo, and nu-soul exponent Eli 'Paperboy' Reed, as well as appearing at WOMAD.
In 2009 Watson won first place in the 2008 International Songwriting Competition (Blues), judged by artists and industry-types like Tom Waits, James Cotton, & John Mayall.
So far in 2012 Darren has represented NZ at The Australian Blues Music Festival in NSW, and headlined at the prestigious Blues On Broadbeach in Queensland, as well as selling out festival shows in New Zealand. With his superb album Saint Hilda's Faithless Boy garnering stellar reviews in American publications, including prestigious US magazine Blues Revue, it may not be long before many New Zealand blues fans will be saying “I knew him when..."