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Aaron Watson

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Biography

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. He regrouped in 2016 and returned in early 2017 with Vaquero. ~ Mark Deming
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Top Tracks

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    Popularity
  2.   Outta Style
  3.   That Look
  4.   Freight Train
  5.   Leather & Lace by Elizabeth Cook
  6.   Raise Your Bottle
  7.   Lips
  8.   These Old Boots Have Roots
  9.   Fence Post
  10.   Getaway Truck
  11.   Reckless
  12.   Bluebonnets (Julia's Song)
  13.   3rd Gear & 17
  14.   They Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To
  15.   Barbed Wire Halo
  16.   Rollercoaster Ride
  17.   July in Cheyenne
  18.   Run Wild Horses
  19.   Hey Y'All
  20.   The Arrow
  21.   Vaquero
  22.   I Don't Want You to Go (When All Those Aggies Move to Austin)
  23.   Off the Record by Charla Corn
  24.   East Bound and Down
  25.   Off the Record
  26.   Shut Up and Dance
  27.   Deer Blind featuring John Anderson
  28.   Diamonds and Daughters
  29.   True Love Ways
  30.   Rodeo Queen
  31.   Blame It on Those Baby Blues
  32.   Texas Boys featuring Josh Abbott
  33.   The Fighting Side of Me
  34.   Heyday Tonight
  35.   The Notel Motel
  36.   Be My Girl
  37.   Take You Home Tonight
  38.   That's Gonna Leave a Mark
  39.   That's Why God Loves Cowboys
  40.   Wildfire
  41.   Real Good Time
  42.   Fast Cars Slow Kisses
  43.   Grandad, Paw Paw, John Pop & Mr Pete
  44.   That's What I Like About a Country Song featuring Jack Ingram
  45.   Dancin' Shoes
  46.   Sweet Contradiction
  47.   Hearts Are Breaking Across Texas
  48.   Breaker Breaker One Nine
  49.   Love Makin' Song
  50.   Heart of Life
  51.   Tulsa
  52.   Except for Jessie
  53.   Haunted House
  54.   Lonely Lubbock Lights
  55.   Some Never Will
  56.   Messing With a Man on a Mission
  57.   San Angelo
  58.   Going to Texas
  59.   Heaven Help the Heart
  60.   Rolling Stone
  61.   Amen Amigo
  62.   Clear Isabel
  63.   Texas Lullaby
  64.   Big Love in a Small Town
  65.   Family Tree
  66.   The Underdog
  67.   Just Married
  68.   Nowhere Fast
  69.   Summertime Girl
  70.   Where The River Flows
  71.   Sonshine
  72.   I Met Jesus In A Bar
  73.   Road & the Rodeo
  74.   Drivin' All Night Long
  75.   Conflict
  76.   Best for Last
  77.   A Texas Cafe
  78.   Charlene Gene
  79.   On the Losing End
  80.   Old Man Walker's Property
  81.   Still Fiddlin' Around
  82.   Escept for Jessie
  83.   Wake Up & Smell the Coffee
  84.   Blame It on Me
  85.   Thanks a Lot
  86.   Silver Wings
  87.   Intro
  88.   Will You Love Me in a Trailer?
  89.   For What It's Worth
  90.   Next to Heaven
  91.   The Honky Tonk Kid
  92.   The Right Place
  93.   Wrangler Butts
  94.   Wish I Could Say I'd Been Drinking
  95.   Something With a Swing to It
  96.   Turn Around
  97.   Fool's Paradise
  98.   Houston
  99.   Old Chunk Of Coal
  100.   Thing Called Love
  101.   Philippians 3: 12-14 (reading by Billy Joe Shaver)
  102.   Stuck Between a Rock and a Heartache
  103.   Mariano's Dream
  104.   One of Your Nights
  105.   Farther Along (with Kina Lankford)
  106.   Romans 7:24-25 (reading by Billy Joe Shaver)
  107.   John 8:12 (reading by Billy Joe Shaver)
  108.   Blue Skies
  109.   Cadillac Cowboy by Justin McBride
  110.   Long Vacation
  111.   I've Always Loved You
  112.   Sweetheart of the Rodeo
  113.   Hollywood
  114.   Bless Her Crazy Heart
  115.   Thank God For Country Girls
  116.   Show Her That You Love Her
  117.   Language of Love
  118.   When All Theses Aggies Move to Austin
  119.   Strong Arm of the Law
  120.   What's Her Name
  121.   The Road
  122.   The Orphans of the Brazos Band
  123.   Angels & Outlaws
  124.   Can't Be a Cowboy Forever
  125.   All American Country Girl
  126.   Unbelievably Beautiful
  127.   Diesel Drivin' Daddy
  128.   Honky Tonkin' Around Texas
  129.   If You're Not in Love (Foggy Mountain Breakdown)
  130.   Kentucky Coal Miner's Prayer
  131.   Amazing Grace (with Kina Lankford)
  132.   Songs About Saturday Night
  133.   The Prayer
  134.   Mackenzie Park
  135.   One Two Step at a Time
  136.   Fish
  137.   Zero to Sixty
  138.   Walls
  139.   The Things You'll Do
  140.   High Price of Fame
  141.   Not Just Another Pretty Face
  142.   Just a Call
  143.   Bob Willis Is Still the King
  144.   Philippians 3:12-14 by Billy Joe Shaver
  145.   Whiskey on the Fire
  146.   Nobody's Crying But the Baby
  147.   I'm a Memory
  148.   In Harm's Way
  149.   Good Thing Going
  150.   What She Doesn't Know
  151.   What She Don't Know
  152.   After the Rodeo
  153.   Let's Lose Some Sleep Tonight
  154.   Amarillo Fair
  155.   There Goes My Cowgirl
  156.   Every Time I Hear These Songs
  157.   Nothing But The Blood
  158.   Thanks for Freedom
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