Aaron Watson

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Aaron Watson
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Background information
Birth name James Aaron Watson[1]
Born (1977-08-20) 20 August 1977 (age 40)[2]
Amarillo, Texas, US
Origin Abilene, Texas, US
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2000-present
Labels BIG Label
Website aaronwatson.com

James Aaron Watson (born August 20, 1977) is an American country music singer and songwriter. Active since 1999, Watson has recorded several independent albums in his career. His 2015 album The Underdog reached No. 1 on Top Country Albums that year, and in 2017, Watson had his first major radio airplay hit with "Outta Style", which reached top 20 on Country Airplay.

Biography[edit]

Watson was born in Amarillo, Texas and graduated from Randall High School. He then attended Abilene Christian University, where he began learning guitar, after playing junior college baseball in New Mexico.[2] Watson's earliest musical influences were the classic country records by George Jones, Merle Haggard, and Willie Nelson his parents listened to and the gospel hymns he sang with his family in church.[3]

Musical career[edit]

He released his first album, Aaron Watson – Singers and Songwriters in 1999 and followed that up with Texas Cafe in 2000. It was not until this third album, Shut Up And Dance, in 2002, that Watson gained radio airplay and attention nationwide. Following that record's success, he released The Honky Tonk Kid, produced by Ray Benson and featuring Willie Nelson on guest vocals.

He worked various gigs 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 by 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 US Billboard country charts and No. 50 on its Heatseekers chart.[4]

On March 20, 2007, Watson released his seventh studio album, a collection of gospel songs entitled Barbed Wire Halo, which includes readings by Billy Joe Shaver. On April 1, 2008, Watson's eighths album, Angels & Outlaws, reached No. 4 on the US Billboard Heatseekers chart, No. 28 on its Country Albums chart, and landed in the Billboard 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, Texas on June 27, 2009.[5]

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

Watson's 10th studio album, The Road & The Rodeo, was released in October 2010. This was his first record released under the independent record label, Big Label Records. The album peaked at No. 25 on the US Billboard Country Albums chart and reached No. 4 on the US Billboard Heatseeksers chart.

October 9, 2012, Aaron Watson released Real Good Time. It achieved national attention, and was the best performing album for Watson to date, peaking at No. 9 on the US Billboard Country Albums. It was also his first to break into the top twenty for independent albums. It had sold 32,000 copies as of February 2015.[6]

In 2014, Aaron Watson released the lead single from his album The Underdog, "That Look", which he wrote for his wife Kimberly. The single debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard Country Digital Songs chart and went on to become one of the most successful-selling independent singles by the end of December 2014. In February 2015, The Underdog him the first independent male artist to debut at number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with a self-released and independently distributed and promoted album.[7] The record sold more than 26,000 units in the first week.


Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details[8] Peak chart positions Sales
US Country
[9]
US
[10]
US Heat
[11]
US Indie
[12]
Singer/Songwriter
  • Release date: 1999
  • Label: Sonnet Records
A Texas Café
  • Release date: 2001
  • Label: Sonnet Records
shutupanddance
  • 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
  • US: 32,000[6]
The Underdog
  • Release date: February 17, 2015
  • Label: Big Label Records
1 14 1
Vaquero
  • Release date: February 24, 2017
  • Label: Big Label Records
2 10
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Album
US Country
[15]
US Country Airplay
[16]
US
Bub.

[17]
2008 "Love Makin' Song"[18] Angels & Outlaws
2009 "Rollercoaster Ride"[19]
"The Road"[20] The Road & The Rodeo
2010 "Walls"[21]
2012 "Raise Your Bottle"[22] Real Good Time
2013 "Summertime Girl"[23]
"July in Cheyenne"[24]
2014 "That Look" 41 47 The Underdog
2015 "Getaway Truck"[25]
2016 "Bluebonnets (Julia's Song)" 60
2017 "Outta Style" 25 11 9 Vaquero
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2012 "Raise Your Bottle"[26] Zack Morris/Benjamin Ranzinger
2013 "Lips"[27] Paul De La Cerda
2014 "July in Cheyenne"[28] Timothy Allen/Benjamin Ranzinger

References[edit]

  1. ^ Watson, James Aaron. "Songwriter/Composer: WATSON JAMES AARON". Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). Retrieved August 7, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Deming, Mark. "Aaron Watson biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 14 December 2017. 
  3. ^ "Aaron Watson Biography". 
  4. ^ Billboard, Allmusic.com
  5. ^ AaronWatson.com
  6. ^ a b "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on February 11, 2015. 
  7. ^ Thompson, Gayle. "Aaron Watson Makes History". The Boot. 
  8. ^ "Music". Aaron Watson. Retrieved 14 December 2017. 
  9. ^ "Aaron Watson Album & Song Chart History - Country Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 24, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Aaron Watson Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 24, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Aaron Watson Album & Song Chart History - Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 24, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Aaron Watson Album & Song Chart History - Independent Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 24, 2016. 
  13. ^ Bjorke, Matt (March 5, 2017). "Top 10 Country Albums Sales Chart: March 6, 2017". Roughstock. 
  14. ^ Bjorke, Matt (August 29, 2017). "Top 10 Country Albums Chart: August 28, 2017". Roughstock. 
  15. ^ "Aaron Watson Album & Song Chart History – Country Songs". Billboard. Retrieved November 28, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Aaron Watson Album & Song Chart History – Country Airplay". Billboard. Retrieved November 28, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Aaron Watson Album & Song Chart History – Bubbling Under Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2017. 
  18. ^ Jacobs, Allen (September 16, 2008). "Aaron Watson - Love Makin' Song". Roughstock. Retrieved 14 December 2017. 
  19. ^ ""ROLLERCOASTER RIDE" IS THE NEW SINGLE". Aaron Watson. April 3, 2009. Retrieved 14 December 2017. 
  20. ^ ""THE ROAD" NOW AVAILABLE ON ITUNES!". Aaron Watson. November 3, 2009. Retrieved 14 December 2017. 
  21. ^ "BRAND NEW SINGLE "WALLS"". Aaron Watson. August 6, 2010. Retrieved 14 December 2017. 
  22. ^ "AARON WATSON'S NEW SINGLE RAISE YOUR BOTTLE IS NOW AVAILABLE". Aaron Watson. May 29, 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2017. 
  23. ^ "Aaron Watson - Summertime Girl". PlayMPE. Retrieved December 13, 2017. 
  24. ^ "Aaron Watson - July In Cheyenne". PlayMPE. Retrieved December 13, 2017. 
  25. ^ "Aaron Watson - Getaway Truck (Radio Edit)". PlayMPE. Retrieved December 13, 2017. 
  26. ^ "Aaron Watson‪ - ‬Raise Your Bottle‪ (Official Video)‬". YouTube. Retrieved 15 December 2017. 
  27. ^ "CMT : Videos : Aaron Watson : Lips". Country Music Television. Retrieved February 8, 2013. 
  28. ^ "CMT : Videos : Aaron Watson : July in Cheyenne". Country Music Television. Retrieved February 5, 2014.