Aaron Watson is a country music star who has achieved success through hard work and determination. He started out playing gigs in small bars and clubs, and gradually built up a following. His debut album was released in 2001, and he has since released nine more albums, as well as charting singles on the Billboard charts. Aaron is also a devoted family man, and he balances his busy career with raising his five children.
Career and Personal Life
Aaron Watson began his musical journey in college, where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order fraternity. After graduation, he moved to Austin, Texas, and worked various jobs while playing music on the side. In 1999, Watson released his first album, “Watermelon,” which was followed by three more independent albums. It wasn’t until his fourth album, “The Honky Tonk Kid,” that Watson began to gain mainstream attention. The album’s lead single, “Freight Train,” peaked at No. 33 on the Billboard Country charts, making it Aaron Watson’s first Top 40 hit.
Since then, Aaron Watson has released eight more studio albums, including two greatest hits albums. He has also been nominated for several awards, including the Academy of Country Music Awards and the Grammy Awards. In 2019, Watson was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Aaron Watson is a country music star with a tireless work ethic. He has released 11 albums, including two greatest hits albums, and has been nominated for several awards. In 2019, he was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Watson’s most recent album, “Red Bandana,” was released in 2019 and debuted at No. one on the Billboard Country charts, making it his first No. one album. The album’s lead single, “Kiss That Girl Goodbye,” peaked at No. 19 on the Billboard Country charts, making it Aaron Watson’s highest-charting single to date.
Watson has been married to his wife, Kimberly, since 2002. The couple has three children together. He is a Christian.
In his free time, Watson enjoys golfing and hunting. He is also an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Longhorns.
Watson has said that he was influenced by George Strait, Hank Williams Jr., Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Dwight Yoakam, and Merle Haggard growing up. When asked about his songwriting process, Watson stated: “I just sit down with my guitar and start writing about what I know.”
Watson has released a total of eleven albums, one live album, and three extended plays. Seven of his studio albums have charted on the Billboard country charts.
- 2000: Aaron Watson
- 2002: Old Fashioned
- 2005: San Angelo
- 2007: Angels & Outlaws
- 2009: Deep in the Heart of Texas
- 2011: Real Good Time
- 2013: The Road Home
- 2015: Vaquero
- 2017: Run Wild Horses (which debuted at No. four on the all-genre US Billboard 200)
- 2019: Red Bandana (his first number one album on the Billboard Country Albums chart)
- 2021: American Soul (debuted at No. two on both the Billboard 200 and the Top Country Albums charts)
Watson’s highest-charting single to date is “That Look”, which peaked at number 29 on the US Billboard Country Airplay chart in 2019. He has also charted within the top 40 of Hot Country Songs with four other singles: “Run Wild Horses” (number 33, 2017), “Outta Style” (number 32, 2018), “Kiss That Girl Goodbye” (number 31, 2018) and “Fence Post” (number 39, 2020).
In June 2019, Watson became the first male country artist to have ten consecutive albums debut within the top ten of Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. The feat had only been accomplished by three female artists prior: Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, and Reba McEntire. Watson’s album Red Bandana debuted at number one on the chart, making him only the fifth male artist to have an album debut atop the chart since its inception in 1964.
Watson’s album The Underdog debuted at number one on the Billboard Country Albums chart, making him the first independent male artist to do so. The album was produced by Ray Wylie Hubbard and Kevin Welch.
Watson has released a total of eleven studio albums, two live albums, and one EP. His discography includes the following albums: Aaron Watson (1999), Shut Up and Dance (2001), Honky Tonk University (2005), Barbed Wire Halo (2012), Real Good Time (2014), Vaquero (2017), and Red Bandana (2019). He has also released two live albums: Live at the Texas Hall of Fame (2010) and Aaron Watson and The Waymasters – Live! (2011). His EP, Five Years Time (2007), was recorded with his band, The Waymasters.
Awards & Nominations
Watson has received several awards and nominations for his work in the country music industry. In 2010, he was nominated for the Academy of Country Music Award for Top New Male Vocalist. He has also been nominated for three Grammy Awards: Best Country Album (for Vaquero) and Best Country Solo Performance (for “Outta Style”) in 2018, and Best Country Duo/Group Performance (for “Fencepost”) in 2019. Watson has won two Texas Regional Radio Awards: Song of the Year (for “That Look”) in 2016, and Male Vocalist of the Year in 2017. He was also named Independent Artist of the Year at the 2018 Americana Music Honors & Awards.