Aaron Watson’s Live at the World’s Biggest Rodeo Show, the “pioneering independent’s” (Cowboys & Indians) 14th album and his first live album in nearly a decade, is now available. Friday’s release marks the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey, the Category 4 storm that caused $125 billion in damage, impacting 13 million people in 41 Texas counties. $1.41 from each album sold will benefit the Rebuild Texas Fund, in recognition of the widespread devastation across Watson’s beloved home state. The project, which “captures Watson in full-fledged rockstar mode,” (Rolling Stone Country) was recorded live in front of 65,000 fans on opening night of the 2017 Rodeo Houston.
The collection contains 13 songs from Aaron’s 18-year career and includes the emotional acoustic bonus track, “Higher Ground.” The stirring song, written by Watson as Hurricane Harvey was devastating his home state of Texas, was named one of the week’s 10 Best Songs by Rolling Stone Country, declaring it “swoons and swells on the back of a small string section, with Watson delivering lines like ‘I pray you will always be strong’ as though they were Sunday-morning benedictions.”
On release date, the native Texan, visited radio, appeared live on Houston’s ABC (KTRK) and NBC (KPRC) midday TV shows, and performed for a capacity crowd at the Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land). The following day he headed to Wal-Mart in Waco, TX to meet and greet friends, family, and fans and sign copies of the new album for over three hours. That evening, Watson took his show over to the Margarita & Salsa Festival, co-headlining the Waco event in front of 6,000 fans bearing the triple digit heat to see their favorite Lone Star Cowboy.
Watson’s new single from Vaquero, “Run Wild Horses,” is currently Top 40 and climbing on the Mediabase national radio charts. The video for the self-penned homage to his wife “turns the heat way up” (Taste of Country), premiered with CMT Music last month.
Aaron Watson wrapped 2017 with a Top 10 on the national radio charts with his self-penned “Outta Style.” At 50 weeks, the hit single shattered a Billboard record, marking the longest trek to the coveted spot in the history of their Country Airplay Chart. The Texas troubadour ended his banner year with his album Vaquero earning one of the 10 biggest album debuts of the year in country music and a number of “Best Album of 2017” nods, including Whiskey Riff and the No. 1 spot on Taste of Country’s year end list, proclaiming the project “a rich collection of cowboy poetry.”
About Aaron Watson: Aaron Watson continues to dominate as a true independent in the country music arena. Watson’s newest release and highly-anticipated 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 lead single “Outta Style,” his record-breaking Top 10 hit on country music’s national radio airplay charts. His new single, “Run Wild Horses” has just hit country radio. Watson’s rise has been paved by years of hard work and perseverance. Eighteen years later, over a dozen recorded albums, more than 2,500 shows in the U.S. and Europe, and a newly inked global distribution partnership with ADA Worldwide, 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.
About the Rebuild Texas Fund The Rebuild Texas Fund is a collaborative project of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and the OneStar Foundation, established to support the rebuilding efforts in communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The Rebuild Texas Fund works alongside organizations within the impacted communities that are making an impact in the following six focus areas: community and economic development; health; housing; education and childcare; transportation and workforce; and capital for rebuilding small businesses. The Rebuild Texas Fund will continue to fund projects and organizations within these areas through the end of 2019. Funding through the Rebuild Texas Fund is provided to eligible nonprofit, government, corporate, and philanthropic organizations working on the ground in Texas communities, that have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. More information about the Rebuild Texas Fund is available at www.rebuildtx.org.https://www.countryschatter.com/2018/08/aaron-watson-hits-texas-tv-and-tour-for-live-at-the-worlds-biggest-rodeo-show-album-release/FundraiserNew ReleasesPress ReleaseToursTV Appearance"Houston Life",aaron Watson,BIG Label Records,Brendon Anthony,Cowboys & Indians,Live at the World's Biggest Rodeo Show,Rebuild Texas Fund,Run wild Horses,Twitter