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Darren Watson releases first video from upcoming LP

Darren Watson releases first video from
upcoming Too Many Millionaires LP

Wellington-based singer-songwriter and blues guitarist Darren Watson (Chicago Smoke Shop, Midge Marsden Band, Planet Key) has just released a video of the first cut from his soon to be released and eagerly awaited all-acoustic album Too Many Millionaires.

National Guy is a catchy, finger-snapping tune featuring a set of lyrics sure to engage or enrage, depending on the cut of your political jib.

Watson says he wrote the song in dismay when he noticed that over 40% of the country had voted for the status quo at the last election. However he also says he soon realised that what he had come up with also spoke out against nationalism, greed, and selfishness in general.

“The song starts out with a salesman kinda pitching a product. Selling the idea that looking out for number one and your family to the exclusion of those struggling is somehow noble and right. It grows to full agreement by the end. For a while there I really thought that’s where we were heading and I wanted to say something about it. I tried to make the music snaky and slimy, like the used car salesmen a lot of politicians of a certain stripe seem to be these days. I reckon the groove, which is fully sick, really makes it work.”


Too Many Millionaires
is out on Tuesday 1 May.
Watson is on tour with his acoustic band between 3-26 May.

Tickets to most shows are on sale now at:

Tour dates/venues follow:

Darren Watson | Too Many Millionaires NZ Tour 2018
Thursday 3 May – Wellington | Meow
9 Edward Street, Te Aro, Wellington. Phone: 04 3858883
Special Guest: Frank Burkitt

Friday 4 May – Whanganui | Lucky Bar + Kitchen
53 Wilson Street, Whanganui. Phone: 0274 455154

Saturday 5 May – New Plymouth | Butlers Reef Hotel
1133 Main Road South, Oakura. Phone: 06 7527765

Thursday 10 May – Palmerston North | The Globe Theatre
312 Main Street, Palmerston North. Phone: 06 3514409

Friday 11 May – Hamilton | Nivara Lounge
Basement 266 Victoria Street, Hamilton. Phone: 07 8380306

Saturday 12 May – Auckland | Wine Cellar
St Kevin's Arcade, 183 Karangagape Road, Auckland.
Special Guest – Greg Fleming

Friday 18 May – Featherston | Kiwi Hall
64 Bell Street, Featherston.
Special Guest – Matt Hay

Saturday 19 May – Napier | The Cabana
11 Shakespeare Road, Napier.

Thursday 24 May – Nelson | Playhouse Cafe & Theatre, Mapua
171 Westdale Road, Mapua. Phone: 03 5402985

Friday 25 May – Christchurch | NZ International Jazz & Blues Festival
Blue Smoke, 3 Garlands Rd, Woolston, Christchurch.

Saturday 26 May – Dunedin | 50 Dundas
50 Dundas Street, Dunedin.
Special Guest – Matt Langley

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