Gladden House Sessions 2018: Nick Waterhouse

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Born and raised in California, Nick Waterhouse brought his vintage rhythm and blues sound to the Gladden House stage on the second day of the 2018 Nelsonville Music Festival. With festival attendees arriving well ahead of the set, there was a palpable excitement to catch Nick Waterhouse and his band in such an intimate setting. The band delivered a stellar four song set, with a rollicking encore tacked on.

Nick learned to play guitar at the age of 12 and found interest in eccentric genres of music with some of his biggest inspirations being Van Morrison and Bert Burns. Waterhouse originally got his start as a singer-songwriter and guitarist in 2002 through his work with Intelligista, a band that thrived in the underground music scene of Orange County. Waterhouse dropped his debut single “Some Place” in November 2010 on his own imprint, PRES. Waterhouse’s music has generated a passionate fan base and has found broad appeal, with his tune “This Is a Game” being featured in the popular Playstation game “MLB 14” in 2014.

The first song of the set is “Holly,” the titular groove from his 2014 release on Innovative Leisure of the same name. This song held a steady pulse and made time for booming saxophone solos which led to a growing crowd.

Waterhouse followed this with the relatable “I Had Some Money (But I Spent It)” from 2016’s Never Twice (Innovative Leisure).

The next number, the yet-to-be-released “Song for Winners” had a beachy, surf rock vibe and was a great contrast to the previous tunes.

The audience got some participation time in the next song; “Say I Wanna Know” the 2012’s Time’s All Gone (Innovative Leisure). Waterhouse had the audience follow his drummer, clapping to the snappy, percussive beat of the drums.

For the set’s encore, Waterhouse performed one of his most popular and recognizable songs, “Katchi” from 2016’s Never Twice (Innovative Leisure.) “Katchi” has an infectious beat that got the whole audience to move along and join in on the catchy chorus.