Traditional torch-bearer Aaron Watson revealed the Red Bandana cover art via his socials over the weekend. The carefully selected imagery for the “reigning indie underdog’s” (Rolling Stone) brand new album is a prophetic glimpse into the forthcoming project.
“There’s nothing more classic, more country, or more cowboy than an old red bandana. It signifies hard work, grit and determination,” says Watson. “I made this record with the mindset that this might be my last one, though I believe this is the beginning of something big. That very mindset helped me focus on writing songs with heart and soul that could leave a lasting legacy. I needed a cover that would reflect the meaning behind the music. I needed something with more substance than just another cover with my picture on it. The title track is a cowboy poem, so I decided, why not just photograph my Dad’s old red bandana. We tilted the square red bandana 45 degrees and there it was, like a diamond in the rough.”
Officially slated for a June 21, 2019 release via his own BIG Label Records (distributed by ADA Worldwide), Red Bandana has already landed on multiple “most anticipated country albums of the year” lists including Saving Country Music and The Boot. Watson kicked off the year with the high intensity (Whiskey Riff) debut track from the 20-song collection, “Kiss That Girl Goodbye.” The song, written solely by Watson, and accompanying lyric video “captures the essence of leaving” (Taste Of Country). The “upbeat country anthem,” (AXS) with over 2.5 million on demand streams, is breaking out in major radio markets like Pittsburgh, Chicago, San Antonio, Austin, Jacksonville, Charleston, Fresno, Portland and more with Westwood One’s “Hot Country” and Music Choice’s “Today’s Country” leading the way nationally.
Watson “arena- ready country” 2019 headlining tour continues coast to coast into the with stops spanning more than 40 dates through Memorial Day. Check aaronwatson.com for the latest updates and ticket information.
About Aaron Watson: Aaron Watson continues to be “one of country music’s biggest DIY success stories” (Forbes) with his latest effort, “Kiss That Girl Goodbye,” the solely self-penned lead single from his forthcoming studio album. The lyrically driven, up-tempo percussive stunner is the first glimpse into Watson’s brand-new studio project, Red Bandana. Slated for release in 2019 on his own BIG Label Records and distributed by ADA Worldwide, the album has already landed on “the most anticipated country albums of 2019” lists including Saving Country Music and The Boot.
Watson’s last studio album Vaquero launched into the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart with his biggest career sales debut to date, and at #2 on the Top Country Albums chart. Texas Monthly, Billboard, Rolling Stone Country, Noisey, CMT, The Boot and more have all featured the new music. Vaquero is the follow up to his history-making album The Underdog, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, making him the first-ever independent, male country artist to debut in the coveted top spot. The album features “Outta Style,” his record-breaking Top 10 and BMI award-winning hit on country music’s national radio airplay charts and top 40 hit “Run Wild Horses.” Watson wrapped 2018 with two new projects, Live at the World’s Biggest Rodeo Show, Watson’s 14th album and his first live album in nearly a decade, and his first ever Christmas collection, An Aaron Watson Family Christmas.
The singer/songwriter’s rise has been paved by years of hard work and perseverance. Twenty years, over a dozen recorded albums, more than 2,500 shows in the U.S. and Europe, the Texas native is determined to stay true to his roots and deliver music directly to his fans. Watson shared his journey with fans via a video that has racked up over 7.2 Million views and 50,000 shares, proving his phenomenal connection to fans, watch HERE.
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