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[ABILENE REPORTER-NEWS] Abilene's Aaron Watson back home, still keepin' it 100 percent Texas

"The Underdog" may have been the album that got Aaron Watson over the hump, but he's not in that role as a musician anymore. Watson, the Abilene Christian University graduate who calls Abilene home, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's country music chart with that album in 2015, and followed with the far-ranging, musically and lyrically, "Vaquero," which produced his first national hit.

TUNE IN ALERT: Aaron Watson Joins Great American Playlist on Great American Country Episode Premieres October 30

une in to Great American Country to catch Aaron Watson on Great American Playlist alongside host, Suzanne Alexander as the episode premieres on Monday, October 30 at Noon and 3:00PM ET. Catch it again on Wednesday, November 8 at Noon and 3:00PM ET as the in-depth interview highlights the hard-earned success of Watson's hit single Outta Style, which is currently in the Top 20 and climbing at both the Billboard and Mediabase airplay charts.

[LIVING MAGAZINE] Texas' own underdog is back with Vaquero

Texas singer-songwriter Aaron Watson's newest album, Vaquero, is a fitting title for the hard-working cowboy. Living caught up with him just prior to the album's release last month to ask about Vaquero, the follow-up to his indie success story, 2015s The Underdog.

[RFD TV] Who Tells Aaron Watson What to Do?

Aaron Watson does what he wants. The independent Texas singer-songwriter is one of the most successful stars today. He made history in 2015 when his album, "Underdog" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. The next year, "Vaquero" debuted in the Top 10 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. Each achievement is made even sweeter by the fact Watson is making music on his terms without the input or backing of a major label or mainstream country radio.

[HUFFINGTON POST] Pack Light, Love Heavy

“Pack Light, Love Heavy”... I just returned from speaking to the Pittsburgh Pirates coaching staff and that was the title of my speech. It’s a line from Aaron Watson’s song Blue Bonnets In The Spring. (The song is tribute to his daughter Julia. Sadly she passed away just four hours after her birth.) What I love about this song is that Watson originally didn’t want to release it because it’s personal and vulnerable. He decided that if it touched just one person who went through a similar struggle move forwar

[CMT] Aaron Watson: “You Should Be Proud of Who You Are”

Texas storyteller and musician Aaron Watson is blessed with the gift of gab that attracts congregations of loyal fans every time he speaks. Listening to him talk over the phone during our CMT.com interview, you might think he’s an ordained minister. Ask him one question about the idea behind his latest album Vaquero, and he’ll go on a passionate nine-minute sermon chronicling his two-year journey following the No. 1 success of his previous project, The Underdog.

[HOUSTON PRESS] Aaron Watson Opens RodeoHouston as the Underdog That Roared

As country music’s most unlikely, and likable, newly minted star, the only real danger Aaron Watson is likely to face on the road ahead is letting his biography overshadow his material. Luckily for him, both sides of the ledger are pretty compelling: Once rejected by Nashville for his lack of “commercial appeal,” as he told Tuesday’s RodeoHouston crowd in his debut on the revolving stage, Watson retreated to his native Texas, where he played gig after gig until 2015’s The Underdog became the first independe

AARON WATSON DEBUTS IN TOP 10 ON THE BILLBOARD 200 ALBUMS CHART WITH BIGGEST CAREER SALES AND #2 ON THE TOP COUNTRY ALBUMS CHART

Vaquero, the new album from independent country artist Aaron Watson debuts in the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with his biggest career sales week to date, and #2 on the Top Country Albums chart with 39,000 equivalent album units in total consumption. Vaquero landed at #1 on Billboard’s Independent Albums chart across all genres. The singer-songwriter, with his groundswell of loyal fans, opened at #1 on iTunes Country Albums chart and has continued to stay perched in the top spot consistently for

[TEXAS MONTHLY] The Underdog’s on Top

The big Nashville labels turned him away, and the radio stations refused to play him at first. But now, with a number one album and the most loyal fan base around, Aaron Watson has become a country music sensation.

[GLENN BECK] Aaron Watson: One of the Greatest American Entrepreneurs Alive Today

Country music sensation Aaron Watson made it the old fashioned way: through hard work, grit and determination. The only recording artist to make it without a record label, Watson credits his parents for teaching him about hard work and never giving up. He treasures one story, in particular, about the heartbreaking day a record producer told him he didn’t have the right stuff.