Aaron Watson dropped a monster album this past weekend which nabbed the top spot on the overall albums chart on iTunes and has already been streamed hundreds of thousands of times on Spotify over the last 72 hours! Red Bandana is no doubt one of Watson’s most artistic albums with some of the most creative songwriting in his catalog; which is even more remarkable considering he wrote every song by himself. The album is 20 tracks of family, faith, love, heartache, and signature Aaron Watson inspiration; which is what I love most about a Watson record. There’s always a track or two, that offers the listener a positive, motivational message that resonates in the heart and soul, but without being cheesy. It’s just honest, often personal, and sometimes spiritual and encapsulates the essence of accomplishing the amazing feats Watson has accomplished while often being the underdog!
In response to the outpour of support from fans Watson has received not only on the record but also throughout his career, he penned a letter expressing his gratitude and created an accompanying video.
Dear Country Music Fans, Thank you for supporting me, my music and my family for all these years. Even when the music industry said that I wasn’t good enough, I always found the confidence to continue chasing my dreams because you believed in me, you encouraged me. You’ve been there for me since the very beginning, back when I lived in a closed down gas station, selling cds out of my truck and singing for tips. Thru the highs and the lows, celebrating with me over number one albums and praying for me after we lost our daughter Julia. Everyone says it but God has truly blessed me with the best fans in the world! As an independent artist, I may not have the support of a major record label BUT WHAT I DO HAVE IS YOU! So here’s 20 new songs for the 20 years you’ve supported me. I poured my heart into my new record Red Bandana and I feel this is the album of my career. I hope you enjoy it…
You can hear several songs from “Red Bandana” as well as plenty of other great Texas/Red Dirt tunes here on out TMP Spotify Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4X1EDu99kIPVqHleQfLen2?si=oD01zd4DRU6JrPOq2ukb8A
Music addict, a sucker for heartbreak songs, and avid Houston sports fan! I’am also the Editor-in-Chief of Texas Music Pickers.