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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

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