Aaron Watson Releases The UnderDog

Aaron Watson Releases The UnderDog

Abilene native Aaron Watson released his 12th Album at Hastings to a party of over 200 fans on Feb 17th. Fans started gathering before 4 pm even though the event didn’t start until 5. He started the release at A&M at midnight and made two other stops before coming home. He explained that marketing made the other stops necessary but he wanted the main effort to come in his home town. It showed in the care and amount of time he took with each of the fans. He talked to the 3 year olds and the adults with the same{{more}} personal attention. A lot of signings take place as people march by the person sitting behind a table and signing only the CDs, photos and posters sold by the singer. He stayed in front of the table, standing – kneeling to get to face level with the younger fans – and signing anything folks brought. One such item was a statuette of Lane Frost on the bull that killed him. A souvenier of a fan’s brother was being passed down to a nephew. Aaron took time to find a marker that would show up and also complement the statue. Lane Frost was a champion rider killed at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo by a passing blow of a bull’s horn. The protective vests now worn by all bull riders is the Lane Frost memorial to safer bull riding.Without the support of a record label or a national radio push, this album debuted as Number One on the Country Billboard chart. Never embraced by the music industry, he has found his own way. He says “If someone shuts a door in your face, you don’t let that stop you; you pick the lock, take it off its hinges or find another door that’s open.”