The Fresh Face of Vintage R&B
by Derek Van Wagner
Ever suspect that good ol’ Buddy Holly-, Eric Burden-, Chuck Berry-type rock and roll is dead and gone? Fear not, my faithless friend: Nick Waterhouse has arrived at the party. Described as the “young man who makes old R&B” by LA Weekly, Waterhouse is among a select number of artists bringing back the old-school cool. Along with creating his own timeless tunes, Waterhouse has lent his ear and producer skills to surf-psych revivalist The Allah-Las and rhythm-and-blues phenom Leon Bridges.
Waterhouse’s own sound lands somewhere in between the Animals, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and Bert Berns, just with more saxophone and a bit more alcohol-induced swagger. Whatever Waterhouse is doing, it’s working, because you can find his music all over car commercials and major sporting events. Even The Rolling Stones blast Waterhouse’s version of “I Can Only Give You Everything” at their stadium shows before they go on. For the past five years Nick Waterhouse has been on the rise, making quality albums and touring the country, and at this rate he’ll be selling out stadiums of his own. It’s your choice: put on a nice pair of shoes and get to Antone’s on Dec. 14 or regret missing one of the most originally classic artists of this generation.
Read more from the People Issue | December 2016