Junior Watson

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Junior Watson (born Michael Watson) is an American jump blues guitarist and singer.[1]

Career[edit]

Watson is a West Coast blues guitarist. He was a founding member of the blues band The Mighty Flyers and, starting in the early 1980s, he performed with the band for a decade.[2] He also performed with Canned Heat throughout the 1990s.[2] Watson has performed as a backing musician in performances and recordings for a number of blues musicians, including Big Mama Thornton, George Smith, Jimmy Rogers, Luther Tucker, Charlie Musselwhite, John Németh, Michael "Pink" Arguello, and Kim Wilson.

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

  • Long Overdue - 1994 (Black Top 1099)[2]
  • Back To Back - 1998 (Crosscut CCD 11059) with Lynwood Slim
  • If I Had A Genie - 2002 (Heart & Soul 10799)[2]
  • Jumpin' Wit Junior - 2012 (Regal Radio Records 10038)
  • Live From Outer Space - 2012 (Bluebeat Music 103) with The Red Wagons

Session works (in alphabetical order)[edit]

  • Chris Kid Andersen - Rock Awhile - 2003 (Blue Soul 2312)
  • Bharath & His Rhythm Four - Friday Night Fatty - 2007 (Fatty 2078)
  • Bishop / Milite - North South East West - 2004 (Sovereign Records) with JW-Jones, Mark Hummel, and Gary Primich
  • Big Al Blake & The Hollywood Fats Band - Mr. Blake's Blues - 1997 (Blue Collar 7108)
  • Brenda Burns - A Song Away From You - 1997 (Big Boss)
  • Canned Heat - Reheated - 1988 (SPV 858805; Chameleon/Elektra 89022)
  • Canned Heat - Burnin' [live] - 1991 (SPV 848857)
  • Canned Heat - Live In Australia - 1993 (Aim 1003)
  • Canned Heat - Internal Combustion - 1994 (Aim 1044)
  • Canned Heat - Canned Heat Blues Band - 1997 (Rowyno 5020; Ruf 1040)
  • Chicago Flying Saucers - LIVE - 1997
  • William Clarke - Can't You Hear Me Calling - 1983 (Watch Dog 1005)
  • William Clarke - Tip Of The Top - 1987 (Satch 102; Double Trouble [Netherlands] 3016; King Ace 1063)
  • William Clarke & Junior Watson - Double Dealin' [1983 sessions] - 2010 (Bluebeat Music 102)
  • Teisco Del Rey - The Many Moods Of Teisco Del Rey - 1992 (Upstart 007)
  • Johnny Dyer - Johnny Dyer & The L.A. Jukes - 1983 (Murray Brothers, 1004; Blind Pig 5028)
  • James Harman - Thank You Baby - 1983 (Enigma 1033)
  • James Harman - Extra Napkins - 1988 (Rivera 505; Cannonball 29102)
  • James Harman - Mo' Na'kins, Please! - 2000 (Cannonball 29112)
  • Shakey Jake Harris - The Key Won't Fit - 1983 (Murray Brothers, 1002)
  • Hollywood Fats Band - LIVE - 2000's (Mountain Top) with Kim Wilson, Rick Estrin, and others
  • Mark Hummel - Hard Lovin' 1990s - 1992 (Double Trouble [Netherlands] 3029)
  • JW-Jones - Bluelisted - 2008 (NorthernBlues Music 0046)
  • Candye Kane - Guitar'd And Feathered - 2007 (Ruf Records 1127)
  • Mitch Kashmar Featuring Junior Watson - Nickels & Dimes - 2005 (Delta Groove 103)
  • Mitch Kashmar - Wake Up & Worry - 2006 (Delta Groove 109)
  • John "Juke" Logan - The Chill - 1993 (Virgin [France] 87834-2; Mocombo Records 55006)
  • Lynwood Slim - Lost In America - 1991 (Black Magic [Netherlands] 9017)
  • Janiva Magness & Jeff Turmes - It Takes One To Know One - 1997 (Fathead 1001)
  • The Mighty Flyers - Radioactive Material - 1981 (Right Hemisphere 6457)
  • The Mighty Flyers - File Under Rock - 1984 (Tacoma 7108)
  • The Mighty Flyers - From The Start To The Finnish - 1985 (Right Hemisphere 8568)
  • The Mighty Flyers - Undercover - 1988 (Special Delivery SPD 1020)
  • The Mighty Mojo Prophets - The Mighty Mojo Prophets - 2011 (Rip Cat Records 1102)
  • Charlie Musselwhite - In My Time - 1993 (Alligator ALCD 4818)
  • Charlie Musselwhite - Rough News - 1997 (Point Blank/Virgin 42856)
  • John Németh Featuring Junior Watson - Come And Get It - 2004[3]
  • John Németh - Magic Touch - 2007 (Blind Pig 5109)[3]
  • Rod Piazza - Harpburn - 1986 (Murray Brothers, 1008; Black Top 1087)
  • Snooky Pryor - In This Mess Up To My Chest - 2000 (Antone's 0028)
  • David Kid Ramos - West Coast House Party - 2000 (Evidence 26110)
  • The Red Wagons - Jumpin' With Friends! - 2012 (independent release/CD Baby) with Sugar Ray Norcia, Lynwood Slim, Mitch Woods, Igor Prado, and Sax Gordon Beadle
  • Sonny Rhodes - I Don't Want My Blues Colored Bright - 1976 (Amigo CD 9024)
  • Rob Rio - Banking On The Boogie - 1992 (Boss 004)
  • Rob Rio - Fine Young Girl - 1994 (Boss 005)
  • Rob Rio - Swing Train - 1996 (Boss 006)
  • Jimmy Rogers - Feelin' Good - 1984 (Murray Brothers, 1006; Blind Pig 5018)
  • Andy Santana & The West Coast Playboys - Swingin' Rockin' Jumpin' & Jivin' - 1998
  • Gary Smith - Blues For Mr. B - 2001 (Mountain Top)
  • George "Harmonica" Smith - Boogie'n With George - 1982 (Murray Brothers, 1001; Blind Pig 5049)
  • Bill Stuve - Big Noise - 1990 (Tramp 9906)
  • Nick Trill - Juggling The Blues - 1999
  • Billy Watson - Blowin' Crow - 2007
  • Billy Watson - Lucky 7 - 2009
  • Kim Wilson - Tiger Man - 1993 (Antone's 0023)
  • Kim Wilson- That's Life - 1994 (Antone's 0034)
  • Kim Wilson - My Blues - 1997 (Blue Collar 7107)
  • various artists - The Blues You Just Would Hate To Lose, Volume 1 [project sampler] - 1996 (Right On Rhythm)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Du Noyer, Paul (2003). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music (1st ed.). Fulham, London: Flame Tree Publishing. p. 181. ISBN 1-904041-96-5. 
  2. ^ a b c d Forte, Dan. "Biography: Junior Watson". Allmusic. Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Leggett, Steve. "John Nemeth - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 

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