Getting Sober For The End Of The World (Single)

by Darren Watson



This is the lead single and title track from Darren Watson's new album Getting Sober For The End Of The World.

The release of the rest of the album has been delayed 'til later in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

This single is also available from April 10 on all the usual digital download and streaming platforms. But we really appreciate your support on Bandcamp! The place that looks after artists and music lovers FAIRLY.


“If Ry Cooder had a long-lost New Zealand cousin, it would be Darren Watson. In “Getting Sober For the End of the World”, you can smell the crawfish étouffée bubbling on the stove while a New Orleans first line shuffles and slinks past the window, the lyrics carrying you along with the unifying connection of music and humanity.”

Tami Neilson

“I’m digging Darren Watson’s new song Getting Sober For The End Of The World. Cracks me up. It’s not easy writing catchy tunes that carry a message, but Darren pulls it off easily, singing in his big, soulful voice: ‘ can hold folks up, you can knock folks down, it matters what we do and what we say.’ Right on!”

Rick Holmstrom (Mavis Staples)

'Darren Watson has written a very appropriate song for these challenging times!'

Martin Phillipps (The Chills)

“ The end of the world is upon us! Master guitarist and vocalist Darren Watson is cleaning up his act with his witty yet deep new single "Getting Sober for the End of the World"! Be warned - party animal or not, you'll find yourself tapping your toes and singing along to this feel-good, apocalyptic-summer-time blues hit. “

Aki Kumar (Bollywood Blues Maestro)

"Darren Watson offers a personal peroration for troubled times, with wry humour, gospel harmonies, street-parade horns and a guitar that walks the blues with a gentle swagger."

Nick Bollinger (Radio NZ)

“Darren Watson’s new single ‘Getting Sober for the End of the World’ sparkles with his usual wit and social commentary all wrapped up in a sassy New Orleans arrangement with his glorious voice sitting like a cherry on top.”

Harry Lyon (Hello Sailor)


released April 3, 2020
Words & music by Darren Watson
(C)2020 Copyright Control/APRA

Recorded and mixed by Darren Watson at Lamington Recording, Wellington, New Zealand.
Mastered by Mike Gibson at Munki Studios, Wellington, NZ.

(C)(P)Darren Watson 2020.

Darren Watson - vocals, guitars, percussion.
Delia Shanly - bass drum, percussion
Steve Moodie - double bass
Dayle Jellyman - piano
with the Cold City Horns
Jacob Wynne - Trumpet
Nolan Plunkett - Trombone


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(Radio NZ)

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