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Underdog
     

The Underdog

by Aaron Watson
 
If a cowboy is supposed to be a man who lives by his own rules, then Aaron Watson is one of the few real cowboys left in country music. A major star in Texas and the Southwest, Watson has built his career through playing music that's polished but still shows its roots in the Lone Star honky tonk sound, with songs that speak about real emotions and small-town lives

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If a cowboy is supposed to be a man who lives by his own rules, then Aaron Watson is one of the few real cowboys left in country music. A major star in Texas and the Southwest, Watson has built his career through playing music that's polished but still shows its roots in the Lone Star honky tonk sound, with songs that speak about real emotions and small-town lives without synthesizers or Auto-Tune, and he's avoided the major labels to release his own albums through independent distributor Thirty Tigers instead. And for Watson, the old-fashioned way has paid off; in February 2015, Watson's album The Underdog debuted at number one on the Billboard country albums chart, and came in at number eight on the Top 200 chart, beating out plenty of major-label projects with far bigger promotional budgets. If the success of The Underdog came as a surprise to some, it demonstrates that there's still a healthy audience for traditionalists despite the rise of bro-country, and that hard work, a busy touring schedule, and fostering strong relationships with your fans remains a winning strategy, especially if like Watson you write good songs and have the voice to bring them to life.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/17/2015
Label:
Big Label Records
UPC:
0794504002379
catalogNumber:
400237
Rank:
11316

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Performance Credits

Aaron Watson   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar
Gary Prim   Piano,Hammond B3
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Milo Deering   Fiddle
Dan Dugmore   Steel Guitar
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Larry Franklin   Fiddle
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Billy Panda   Acoustic Guitar
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Bruce Watkins   Banjo
John Willis   Banjo
Bobby Terry   Acoustic Guitar
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

John Kelton   Engineer
Tim Nichols   Composer
Keith Stegall   Composer,Liner Notes
John Caldwell   Composer
Jim Beavers   Composer
John Mayer   Composer
Aaron Watson   Composer,Liner Notes
Sarah Buxton   Composer
Shauna Dodds   Art Direction
Anthony "Gino" Genaro   Executive Producer
Sarah Dodds   Art Direction
Troy Olsen   Composer
Travis Humbert   Engineer
Hunter Hutchinson   Composer

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