Aaron Watson

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Aaron Watson
Birth name James Aaron Watson
Born 1977
Origin Abilene, Texas, USA
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, Guitar
Years active 2000-present
Labels BIG Label Records
Website http://www.aaronwatson.com

James Aaron Watson[1] is a Texas country music singer.

Early life and musical beginnings[edit]

Watson was born in Amarillo, Texas and graduated from Randall High School in Amarillo, Texas following his graduation he attended Abilene Christian University, where he began learning guitar, after playing junior college baseball in New Mexico.[2] He gigged around Texas before releasing his debut album, A Texas Cafe; the follow-up, Shuttupanddance, was a regional sales success.[2] His 2004 album, The Honky Tonk Kid, was produced by Ray Benson and features an appearance from Willie Nelson. Watson's band is called the Orphans of the Brazos; they appear on his 2005 album, Live at the Texas Hall of Fame. In 2006, his San Angelo release hit No. 60 on the U.S. Billboard country charts and No. 50 on its Heatseekers chart.[3]


Later that year, Watson released a collection of gospel songs entitled Barbed Wire Halo which includes readings by Billy Joe Shaver. On April 1, 2008, Watson's 8th album, Angels & Outlaws, reached No. 4 on the U.S. Billboard Heatseekers chart, No. 28 on its Country Albums chart, and landed in the Billboard Top 200. The album's debut single, "Hearts Are Breaking Across Texas", reached the No. 1 spot on the Texas Music Chart. "Love Makin' Song" was released later that year, and "Rollercoaster Ride" followed in 2009.

On September 15, 2009, Watson released Aaron Watson LIVE: Deep in the Heart of Texas, a dual disc CD/DVD set recorded live at the Hog Creek Ice House in Waco, TX on June 27, 2009.[4]

On July 7, 2009, Watson performed at the 81st Texas FFA Convention in Dallas, Texas.

Watson and his wife Kimberly have two sons and two daughters: Jacob, born in 2006, Jack, born in 2007, Jolee Kate, born in 2009, and a daughter in heaven, Julia Grace, born in 2011.



Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Country US US Heat US Indie
Aaron Watson
  • Release date: 1999
  • Label: Sonnet Records
A Texas Café
  • Release date: 2001
  • Label: Sonnet Records
  • Release date: July 23, 2002
  • Label: Sonnet Records
The Honky Tonk Kid
  • Release date: March 30, 2004
  • Label: Sonnet Records
Live at the Texas Hall of Fame
  • Release date: April 5, 2005
  • Label: Sonnet Records
San Angelo
  • Release date: April 4, 2006
  • Label: Sonnet Records
60 50 43
Barbed Wire Halo
  • Release date: March 20, 2007
  • Label: Sonnet Records
Angels & Outlaws
  • Release date: April 1, 2008
  • Label: Big Label Records
28 175 4 25
Deep in the Heart of Texas:
Aaron Watson Live
  • Release date: September 15, 2009
  • Label: Big Label Records
47 24
The Road & The Rodeo
  • Release date: October 12, 2010
  • Label: Big Label Records
25 150 4 28
Real Good Time
  • Release date: October 9, 2012
  • Label: Big Label Records
9 81 19
The Underdog
  • Release date: February 17, 2015
  • Label: Big Label Records
1 14 1
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Peak chart
US Country US Country Airplay
2004 "If You're Not in Love" The Honky Tonk Kid
2006 "Heyday Tonight" San Angelo
2008 "Hearts Are Breaking Across Texas" Angels & Outlaws
"Love Makin' Song"
2009 "Rollercoaster Ride"
"The Road" The Road & The Rodeo
2010 "Walls"
2011 "Best for Last"
"Fast Cars Slow Kisses"
2012 "Leather & Lace" (with Elizabeth Cook) Hearts Across Texas
"Raise Your Bottle" Real Good Time
2013 "Lips"
"Summertime Girl"
"July in Cheyenne"
2014 "That Look" 41 47 The Underdog
2015 "Freight Train"
"Getaway Truck"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2003 "I Don't Want You to Go"
2012 "Raise Your Bottle"
2013 "Lips"[5] Paul De La Cerda
2014 "July in Cheyenne"[6] Timothy Allen/Benjamin Ranzinger


  1. ^ Watson, James Aaron. "Songwriter/Composer: WATSON JAMES AARON". Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). Retrieved August 7, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Aaron Watson at Allmusic
  3. ^ Billboard, Allmusic.com
  4. ^ [1], AaronWatson.com
  5. ^ "CMT : Videos : Aaron Watson : Lips". Country Music Television. Retrieved February 8, 2013. 
  6. ^ "CMT : Videos : Aaron Watson : July in Cheyenne". Country Music Television. Retrieved February 5, 2014.