Aaron Watson Turns Mercury Lounge into a Honky-Tonk Tonight

May 13th, 2015

Aaron Watson began playing the guitar while in college, and then upon graduating, he took to performing live shows filled with the honky-tonk country music he knew so well growing up in west central Texas, inspired by the likes of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. His debut album, Shut Up and Dance (stream it below), released in 2002, made him somewhat of a local hero. Since then, Watson (above, performing “July in Cheyenne” at the Grand Ole Opry) has remained busy touring and releasing new music. And to that end, his most recent full-length, Underdog (stream it below), came out earlier this year and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart despite the lack of a record label or national radio support. Per Rolling Stone Country, “He’s the kind of country artist you’d take home to mama: a church-going family man whose songs are filled not with Auto-Tuned vocals and half-lit salutes to Jack Daniel’s, but fiddle solos and PG-rated lyrics that sing the praises of truck stop coffee, Frank Sinatra and marital bliss.” See him play the early show tonight at Mercury Lounge.