Nick Waterhouse: In The Nick of Time
Though all the players are capable and carry their weight, special attention must be paid to backup singers, The Naturelles. Ray Charles may have had his "Raelette"; Dr. John may have had his "Creolettes"; Leon Russell, too, had a great set of background singers in "Black Grass," on his early '70s tours-but The Naturelles are truly something special. Sensual, seductive, and powerful, the singers envelope the music with beautiful harmonies and a certain elusive, collective ringing quality to their voices that truly propels the masculine-sounding project forwards with a contrapuntal sweet and everlasting feminine touch.
"Do you believe in destiny?" Waterhouse inquires, "'Cause those girls knew exactly what I wanted!"
When time's all gone, the restraints within which we normally function also vanish. Reminiscences, memories, historical references all pale in comparison to gritty present day realities. And with each generation comes another set of priorities, experiences and the emotions which naturally follow. Waterhouse, on his trek down America's soul laden musical road, has found his own path forged by a traditional set of sonic tools yet imbued with his own unique and 21st century approach. Though the ghosts of Ike Turner, Ray Charles, and Otis Rush may be boogying in the background, Waterhouse's brand of American holy music winds its way past the Chittlin' Circuit, up the Mississippi delta, on through Memphis and finds its home in such unlikely and disparate communities as Huntington Beach, Los Angeles and San Francisco. But this is the new America, a place where books cannot be read by their covers and where genuinely soulful offerings are being proffered by young authors in the midst of rewriting the hallowed encyclopedia of soul. With the afternoon light streaming in around him and into the darkened diner, the singer, sporting a wry and knowing smile, announces that he is on his way to purchase a piano. He stands, bids his interviewer farewell and leaves. Walking out, he checks his messages while strolling down one of L.A.'s wide, busy boulevard's, without ever looking back.
Nick Waterhouse, Time's All Gone (Innovative Leisure, 2012)
Nick Waterhouse, Is That Clear EP (Innovative Leisure, 2011)
Allah-Las, Allah-Las (Innovative Leisure, 2012)
Courtesy of Nick Waterhouse