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Throughout his 17-year career that spans a dozen albums and more than 2,500 shows throughout the U.S. and Europe, 39-year-old Aaron Watson has stubbornly and sincerely identified with the everyman––even as he’s proven to be the exception to the rule.
The latest evidence of Watson’s homespun singularity is Vaquero, an ambitious 16-song set of character-driven storytelling, level-headed cultural commentary, and love songs for grownups that promise to further solidify his status as one of today’s finest torch-bearers of real country music. Vaquero is the follow-up to 2015’s The Underdog, an acclaimed collection that also made history. Watson was sitting at his kitchen table as his wife Kim scrambled eggs when he got the call: The Underdog had debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart. It was the first time an independent, male country artist had ever outsold majors to premiere at the top spot.
Nashville singer and songwriter Clare Dunn burst onto the country music scene following unprecedented support from Sirius XM’s The Highway and relentlessly touring coast to coast with superstars such as Bob Seger, Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban, and Hank Williams, Jr. She’s been named by USA Today, Boston Globe, Billboard, and Rolling Stone as “One To Watch” and her most recent single “Tuxedo” has tallied more than 10 million streams and 100,000 downloads.