The Watters, a five-member Austin, TX Americana/Soul band led by Daniel and Jenna Watters, have just released “Bad Dream,” the second single from their forthcoming album, Great Unknown, on CD and digital formats on July 1st.
Listen below to the new single, which just premiered at Songwriting Magazine.
Although Great Unknown is the debut album for The Watters, it is far from the first collaboration between Daniel & Jenna Watters. They first sang together at their high school graduation in Sedona, AZ (years after they first met playing on the same pee wee football team that Jenna’s dad coached while attending rival grade schools), and have been playing music together now for 12 years. They toured the country as “The Oak Creek Band” during their tenures in Denver & Nashville before relocating to Austin in February 2015 and changing their band name.
The Watters recorded Great Unknown at Cacophony Recorders in Austin, Texas in January 2016. It features an array of Austin’s best musicians including Trevor Nealon of Band of Heathens, Joe Woullard and Zumbi Richards of Golden Dawn Arkestra and Erik Hokkanan. The nine musicians (including a three piece horn section) are featured throughout the entire album. The original session was recorded live to tape to capture the live sound that distinguishes The Watters, before horns and vocals were overdubbed a month later.
The Watters – “Bad Dream”
Jenna Watters has this to say about “Bad Dream”:
“Bad Dream” was written while I was dealing with some crazy insomnia when we lived in Nashville. Nashville was a little hard on me…I wanted to try to make our dream of music work there but I felt intimidated and emotionally drained instead. It ties into the overall theme of the “Great Unknown” because when you make big leaps in life you don’t always know how it’s going to turn out. But the good thing is you did it and fought through it and learned from it, and when you move on from it, it feels like it was all just a bad dream.
Members: Jenna Watters (vocals, guitar), Daniel Watters (vocals, guitar), Jordan Hughes (drums), Zach Arnault (bass), Trevor Nealon (keys)
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Imagine Fleetwood Mac, Tedeschi Trucks Band and Rilo Kiley merging into one dynamic supergroup, and you will start to get an idea of The Watters unique Americana/Soul sound. Daniel and Jenna Watters, schoolmates turned band mates turned soul mates, share lead vocals and guitar in the group along side their 5-piece band. The Watters originated as The Oak Creek Band in 2009, named for the area where Daniel and Jenna grew up near Sedona, AZ. The ensemble was based out of Denver and then Nashville until relocating to Austin, Texas in 2015.
Daniel and Jenna have been playing music together for 12 years, writing together for 8 years and have worked on six albums together. They have toured extensively throughout the country and sold out the first pressing of their self-titled EP in less than one year. The Watters have garnered a devoted fan base through their high-energy performances, well-crafted songwriting, stirring vocals and road-weathered musicianship. Their songs are webbed in a world of truth and wonder with a timeless spirit.
The Watters recorded their forthcoming album Great Unknown at Cacophony Recorders studio in Austin, Texas in December, which will be released on July 1st, 2016.
01 Great Unknown
03 Ebb and Flow
04 Soul Remains
05 Bad Dream
07 Only the Lonely
08 Strangest of Places
09 Johnny Appleseed
10 Bright Side