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Vaquero

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Aaron Watson 22/4/2017

Review

Aaron Watson opens Vaquero -- his 11th set of original material, but his third since he started making waves on the Billboard charts -- with "Texas Lullaby," a salute to the Lone Star State he calls home. Watson is a proud Texan -- it's very rare to find a Texan who isn't -- but Vaquero navigates the territory between tradition and modernity, sounding strong and open, never making concessions to pop but never adhering to a calcified notion of country, either. Watson is straightforward but nimble, happy to play with familiar sounds -- Vaquero is filled with songs that recall everyone from George Jones to George Strait -- but it always swings back to the present. Often, this materializes through tales of commitment -- much of the album is about being in a long-term relationship -- and that, combined with his allegiance to old-fashioned music, conveys how Watson is devoted to building upon the past, and that is ultimately what gives Vaquero its kick: Aaron Watson is an old-fashioned singer/songwriter, but he applies his traditional values to the present, and that's what makes Vaquero seem fresh. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Texas Lullaby Aaron Watson 5:6
  3. 2 Take You Home Tonight Aaron Watson 3:43
  4. 3 These Old Boots Have Roots Aaron Watson 3:30
  5. 4 Be My Girl Aaron Watson 4:9
  6. 5 They Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To Aaron Watson 3:38
  7. 6 Vaquero Aaron Watson 3:44
  8. 7 Outta Style Aaron Watson 3:41
  9. 8 Run Wild Horses Aaron Watson 5:30
  10. 9 Mariano's Dream Aaron Watson 1:40
  11. 10 Clear Isabel Aaron Watson 4:23
  12. 11 Big Love in a Small Town Aaron Watson 4:18
  13. 12 One Two Step at a Time Aaron Watson 3:32
  14. 13 Amen Amigo Aaron Watson 3:50
  15. 14 The Arrow Aaron Watson 3:44
  16. 15 Rolling Stone Aaron Watson 5:4
  17. 16 Diamonds and Daughters Aaron Watson 3:40

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