John Isaac Watters is an understated, determined and diverse songwriter who touches on country, folk and even a little gospel to make carefully crafted songs that drift to land somewhere between Townes Van Zandt and Leonard Cohen. -LA WEEKLY
The folk/country crooner with grainy gravitas in his voice and a camp of incredibly talented musicians surrounding him.. His sincerity is always striking as he tenderly ushers you into the worlds he creates in each song.. The songs swing with the ease of a see-saw between dusty folk tunes and demented carnival stylings. Watters reaches into every corner of alt-country, spooky folk, and indie rock. His storytelling shines. -DELI MAG
John Isaac Watters sings as if he's just completed a marathon. One can practically hear the sweat dripping from his brow as his voice shakes, quivers and cracks as if these Southwestern ramblers are the most important thing in the world. -L.A. TIMES
"Isaac has a very unique voice and writing style, both of which I love. Judging from his storytelling, I'd wager he reads a fair bit! He's also surrounded by a circle of very talented musicians/singers such as Will Gramling, Alex Rhodes, Celeigh Chapman, and more."- Sheldon Gomberg, GRAMMY® Award Winning producer / engineer / bassist (Ben Harper, Warren Zevon, Ryan Adams) - UNKOVR.COM
There’s an endearing, shambolic quality to the folk music of John Isaac Watters — it’s as if his songs are just happening, complete with their vivid imagery, weeping dobro and pedal steel and wheezing organs. -BUZZ BANDS LA
John's loosely alt-indie-country-cum-west-coast-maverick style appears inspired as much by contemporary Americana, Mexicana and even rock'n'roll as by Bay-Area-folk. His grained singing voice displays a shiveringly vulnerable intimacy and yet embodies a tender strength; one moment he's cracking up before your very ears, the next he's holding forth maniacally with an almost impossible confidence -FATEA RECORDS U.K.
Born in Mexico City, John Isaac Watters grew up in Mexico, & in Tucson, AZ. In 2002 He moved to Los Angeles to attend architecture school. He began to play guitar and write a few songs his last year in school. To date, he has released 3 albums: Parachute Tramps in 2009, Casas in 2012 and Campanas in 2013. His latest release is RAINSTORM BROTHER the initial 3 songs from an ongoing collaboration with Tyler Chester. They will be performing some of that collaboration live at John's new residency at Hi-Hat in Highland Park. EVERY TUESDAY NIGHT IN MARCH!
Besides touring nationally, from 2014-2015 he maintained a residency at the historic Hyperion Tavern in Silver Lake. At that residency, John attracted many notable guest performers including Jackson Browne, Mark Eitzel (of American Music club), Dan Bern, Adam Levy, Anna Nalick, Garrison Starr, Will Butler (Arcade Fire), Don Heffington and others. He is currently at work on a new album and some new collaborative projects.