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Aaron Watson

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An independent-minded singer and songwriter in the Texas honky tonk tradition, Aaron Watson plays country music with a traditional feel but a young man's energy, and has earned a loyal fan following in the Lone Star State. Born in Amarillo, Texas, Watson's earliest musical influences were the gospel hymns he sang in church with his family and the classic country records by George Jones, Merle Haggard, and Willie Nelson his folks played around the house. Watson began writing and singing his own songs while he was a student at Abilene Christian University, and after graduating he became a regular fixture on the Texas honky tonk circuit. In 2002 Watson released his first album, Shutupanddance, which was a major success in Texas, spawning the hit singles "Off the Record," "I Don't Want You to Go (But I Need You to Leave)," and the title tune. The album also earned him airplay and media attention nationwide, and Watson followed up his debut in 2004 with The Honky Tonk Kid, which was produced by Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel and featured guest vocals from Watson's hero, Willie Nelson. Watson and his band the Orphans of the Brazos captured their energetic live set on tape with their 2005 release Live at the Texas Hall of Fame, and Watson returned to the studio in 2006 for his fourth album, San Angelo. In 2008, Watson began transforming his sound -- albeit subtly and without leaving his Texas roots behind -- toward a more contemporary country radio-friendly approach on the reflective Angels & Outlaws. In 2010 he released The Road & the Rodeo, returning to more uptempo material, while smoothing his edges further. The result was more airplay, higher-profile touring engagements, and charting inside Billboard's Top 200. Watson's success continued to grow with 2012's Real Good Time, which rose to number nine on the Billboard Country Albums chart, and cracked the Top 20 of the Independent Albums survey. And Watson scored a major breakthrough with 2015's The Underdog. Belying the album's title, The Underdog (produced by Keith Stegall, who also worked with George Jones and Alan Jackson) made its debut on the Billboard Country Albums chart at number one, the first time a male artist on an independent label had topped the chart in his first week. "That Look," a single drawn from the album, also hit the Country Airplay chart, topping out at 47, and another, "Getaway Truck," was a radio hit in Watson's native Texas. The hard-working Watson did plenty of touring in support of the album, playing 148 shows in 2015. ~ Mark Deming
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Albums by
Aaron Watson

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    14 songs

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    The Underdog

    18 songs

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    Real Good Time

    15 songs

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    The Road & the Rodeo

    17 songs

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    The Road & The Rodeo

    15 songs

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    Angels & Outlaws

    13 songs

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    Barbed Wire Halo

    13 songs

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    San Angelo

    13 songs

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    The Honky Tonk Kid

    14 songs

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    Shutupanddance

    2 songs

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    Angels and Outlaws

    1 song

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    The Road

    19 songs

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    Live at the Texas Hall of Fame

    44 songs

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    Deep in the Heart of Texas: Aaron Watson Live

    15 songs

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    A Texas Cafe

    1 song

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    Fence Post

    1 song

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    Bluebonnets (Julia's Song)

    1 song

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    Getaway Truck

    1 song

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    That's Why God Loves Cowboys

    1 song

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    That Look


Top Songs by
Aaron Watson

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   That Look
  3.   Freight Train
  4.   Bluebonnets (Julia's Song)
  5.   Raise Your Bottle
  6.   Leather & Lace by Elizabeth Cook
  7.   Getaway Truck
  8.   Barbed Wire Halo
  9.   3rd Gear & 17
  10.   Reckless
  11.   Rollercoaster Ride
  12.   Lips
  13.   Will You Love Me in a Trailer?
  14.   Going to Texas
  15.   Love Makin' Song
  16.   July in Cheyenne
  17.   Real Good Time
  18.   Can't Be a Cowboy Forever
  19.   Best for Last
  20.   Texas Boys featuring Josh Abbott
  21.   Shut Up and Dance
  22.   Off the Record by Charla Corn
  23.   Nobody's Crying But the Baby
  24.   Fence Post
  25.   San Angelo
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Aaron Watson

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    Red Dirt Road

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    New Country Now

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    Outlaw Country

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    Tim McGraw: DNA

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    Alan Jackson: DNA


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