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West Water Outlaws Keep Vintage Rock 'n' Roll Alive and Well

With a goal of playing 150 shows all over the country in 2013, Boulder-based rock 'n' roll band West Water Outlaws have come a long way from 2010, playing shows in singer Blake "Whiskey" Rooker's basement. The band's urgent message to keep vintage rock alive was heard loud and clear over the DJ- and Autotune-drenched club hits, showcasing such influences as the Black Keys and Led Zeppelin.

Guitarist Will Buck and Rooker used to jam during freshman year of college, and then reconnected when Rooker stumbled into the wrong class a few years later. At the time, Buck was mulling over who he could recruit to start a blues-rock band, and he recalled a time he played Tom Petty's "Mary Jane's Last Dance" on guitar while Rooker sang. After class the two arranged for a jam session, and they've been writing and performing ever since. After adding on drummer Andrew Oakley and bassist Vincent Ellwood, West Water Outlaws has shared the stage with major acts across the country.

Following the band's 2012 EP Real Killer is an 11-song self-titled debut album coming out on November 2, which keeps in stride with the band's diplomatic and open writing style.

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Lauren Wise has worked as a rock/heavy metal journalist for 15 years. She contributes to Noisey and LA Weekly, edits books, and drinks whiskey.
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