Although Great Unknown is the debut album for Austin, TX Americana/Soul band The Watters, it is far from the first collaboration between Daniel & Jenna Watters. The first song sang together was Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” at their high school graduation in Sedona, AZ. They have been playing music together now for 11 years, writing together for 8 years and have collaborated on six albums together. They toured extensively throughout the country as “The Oak Creek Band” during their tenures in Denver and Nashville before relocating to Austin in February 2015 and changing their band name
The Watters recorded their debut full-length album Great Unknown at Cacophony Recorders studio in Austin, Texas in December, and self-released it on July 1st, 2016. It features an array of some 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 full 9-piece band (including a three piece horn section) is featured throughout the entire album. The original session was recorded live to tape to capture the energy that distinguishes the band’s live sound. Horns and vocals were overdubbed a month later
Daniel Watters says this about the album:
The concept of the Great Unknown came to us while we were in transition between Nashville and Austin. We were living in Sedona, AZ with my folks for three months having left Nashville and had no idea where we were moving to. Our bassist was going to move to California and so were we, but we happened to stop in Austin on our way back and fell in love with the city. We were so torn on what to do, but we trusted our instincts and made the hard decision to start a new life in Austin. The Great Unknown is the power of intuition and the beauty in uncertainty. Instead of finding fear in the unknown, I find it easier to see the beauty and opportunity in the unknown. Our move to Austin was a complete leap of faith, but a year later we are very happy here and feel an overwhelming support system.
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, and embody a timeless spirit.