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Known for his work with California rockers JACKPOT, dubbed by The New York Times as "one of California's greatest unknown bands", as well as punk-gospel band SANTA CRUZ GOSPEL CHOIR, Sacramento, CA native LEE BOB WATSON has been a powerful force in music for 10 years. For Aficionado, Watson enlisted former CAKE drummer Todd Roper, current CAKE bassist Gabe Nelson and Jackpot singer and guitarist Rusty Miller and a handful of Northern California's finest talent. With help from esteemed producer Dana Gumbiner, the crew recorded the album in just 10 days, relying mostly on live-takes and minimal overdubs. The songs on Aficionado grapple with the quest for authenticity in a culture that is based on recycled themes and sounds. "So much of our generation spends a lot of time rehashing the glory days of pop culture" Watson comments, "you've got to take your influences and let them breathe in the room." The result is a captivating album that serves as a playground for decades of sounds to intermingle. Opener "Landfill" sends a strong statement about the land on which the American Dream was built with a twangy-rock swagger and perfectly placed steel guitar. "Living in the Past" brings electronic-disco funk to life with a back-beat that would make Bill Withers proud. Beach Boys-inspired harmonies burst alongside Watson's velvety croon on "Highway 1 Sunset" and gentle lullaby "Rosalita's Arms" brings the album to a sweet finish with saintly soprano choruses and dainty piano tingles.

1. Landfill
2. Living In the Past
3. How Can You be so Sure of Yourself?
4. Aficionado
5. A Stranger to Myself
6. Rosalita's Arms (Interlude)
7. Highway 1 Sunset
8. Let's Start a Band
9. Lord I Know
10. Come on Home
11. 1958
12. Rosalita's Arms (Closing Credits)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 9, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Grassroots Record Co.
  • Run Time: 49 minutes
  • ASIN: B000VIHQ1M
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,390,131 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I've been enjoying Lee Bob's music for a long time, and I was amazed the first time I heard this record. He has managed to put out an album that retains the soul of his older songs, but is at the same time a bit more polished and tighter rhythmically. Go Lee Bob Go!
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