The crooner, who grew up in Southern California, made the rounds at SXSW last month, including a set at Rolling Stone’s Rock Room day party at Austin’s La Zona Rosa.
“About a year and a half ago, I cut a 45 called ‘Someplace’ with what little savings I had and pressed it straight to lacquer, hand-pressed in Kentucky,” Waterhouse told Rolling Stone, which describes the musician as recalling “Buddy Holly in dress and Bobby Darin in sound.”
“I just made a record the way that I wanted to, and I think it really resonated with a lot of people who are interested in rhythm and blues and popcorn stuff. It started selling and overnight it kind of picked up and I sold out of my press of it. And that’s really what started everything for me. … I’m sort of in the beginning stages now of doing this for real. About a year ago I didn’t think I would be doing it. I’m really happy to be here.”
Copies of the 45 ended up on eBay, selling for as much as $320. Fans will be able to collect more of Waterhouse’s tunes when his self-produced album, Time’s All Gone, is released May 1 on Innovative Leisure.
Waterhouse’s live show features backup singers and a full band, The Tarots. The spring tour launches April 13 in Pioneertown, Calif., at Pappy And Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace.
The trek includes additional West Coast dates as well as East Coast shows including Santa Barbara, Calif., at the Soho Restaurant & Music Club April 29; Philadelphia’s Tin Angel May 18; New York City’s Mercury Lounge May 19; Portland, Ore., at Holocene May 28; and Seattle’s The Barloza May 29. Last stop is San Francisco at the Verdi Club June 6.
Ticket are on sale now.
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Check out Waterhouse performing “Is That Clear” at San Francisco’s Mezzanine in January.