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He eventually pleaded guilty to the accusations on May 29, 2005.
He had been offered a nine-year sentence in a plea deal which he accepted but the judge ruling the case rejected the plea agreement.
It is by far Darren Watson's most successful album to date.
Watson completed an eleven date tour of New Zealand during May of 2018, performing Too Many Millionaires live with the studio band to sold out houses including a headline show at the 2018 Cavell Leitch New Zealand International Jazz & Blues Festival.
He attended Hermitage High School in Henrico County, Virginia.
Before they imploded Smoke Shop earned multiple NZ Music Award nominations, and shared stages on NZ tours with international artists like Koko Taylor, The Robert Cray Band, George Thorogood, and The Fabulous Thunderbirds.
Since leaving Smoke Shop in the early 90's Watson has cemented his reputation as the nation's most original, contemporary blues voice.
Recorded 'live-to-tape' at Wellington's Surgery Studios by award-winning engineer Lee Prebble (Black Seeds, Phoenix Foundation, Dave Dobbyn) the record features all acoustic performances and has received rave reviews in local and international media.
Too Many Millionaires debuted at number three on the Official NZ Top 20 Album Chart and stayed in the charts for five weeks.
He's released six blues-based albums including 2002's King Size (which was nominated for a NZ Music Award), 2005's South Pacific Soul, 2010's internationally acclaimed Saint Hilda's Faithless Boy, Introducing Darren Watson from 2014.