Album Review: Andrew Watt – Ghost In My Head (EP)

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andrewwattghostinmyheadepOut of California Breed‘s demise comes guitarist Andrew Watt‘s debut through John Varvatos Records/Republic Records, and on the four track EP we find Watt, who came to mainstream attention as part of California Breed (formed with Glen Hughes and Jason Bonham) in supremely confident form.
Personally, I’ve really been looking forward to this release after Watt‘s paint-blisteringly low down & dirty playing on California Breedwhich to be truthful suits my tastes far more than Hughes & Bonham’s previous guitar-slinger partner – Joe Bonamassa – ever did. Add guest turns from the irrepressible QOTSA regular Joey Castillo (who replaced Bonham for the touring version of California Breed) and Chad Smith of The Red Hot Chili Peppers in the drum seat and it makes the prospect even more exciting. These guys are monsters behind the kit, so to bring them on board really is a statement of intent by Watt. 
Along with being an incredibly tasteful guitarist, as a singer, songwriter and producer Watt brings all these qualities to bear as we are treated to an all-too-brief strut through four tracks of the best kind of Rock and Roll; full of attitude, swagger, soul and fire. From the swinging funk of the opening track, “High”, to the driving four to the floor of “Ghost In My Head” and the rock/pop infectiousness of “Seeing Red”, ending with the ballsy rock-out of “Runaway” Watt’s  confidence, personality and choices, not only as guitarist but more importantly, as a singer make this a fantastic debut containing four killer tracks. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
01. High
02. Ghost In My Head
03. Seeing Red
04. Runaway


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November 9th The Crocodile Seattle, WA
November 10th Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR
November 11th Knitting Factory Reno, NV
November 13th Pub Rock Scottsdale, AZ
November 14th Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Vinyl – Las Vegas, NV

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