Aaron Watson’s new live album will benefit Hurricane Harvey victims. According to the Texas country singer, a portion of every copy of Aaron Watson Live at the World’s Biggest Rodeo Show goes directly to the Rebuild Texas Fund.
Adding a little gravity to the release, Watson’s new album hits shelves on August 24, the one-year anniversary of Harvey’s landfall in Texas. “So much of my home state of Texas was affected,” Watson says in a press release. “Hopefully by bringing the recovery efforts back to the forefront, it will remind people that there is still so much work left to do.”
The release notes that $1.41 from each of the live album sales goes to the Rebuild Texas Fund. Harvey devastated the state’s local communities, affecting about eight million residents in 41 Texas counties all along the South Texas coast. It also inflicted more than $150 billion worth of damage. The Rebuild Texas Fund raised more than $90 million so far, deploying $15 million to date.
Watson originally planned on releasing the new album, recorded at Rodeo Houston, in late 2017. “But after the storm it just didn’t feel right,” Watson says. “I’ve always wanted my music to do good in the world and it became clear that there was a real opportunity to hold onto this project and release it on the one year anniversary of the hurricane.”
The album also features an acoustic version of “Higher Ground.” The singer/songwriter wrote the tune while witnessing Harvey’s damage on the state. It is his 14th album in his 18-year career.
Watson’s album is another in a long line of examples of country music stars stepping up to help Harvey victims.
Aaron Watson Live at the World’s Biggest Rodeo Show Track List
“These Old Boots Have Roots”
“Real Good Time”
“Raise Your Bottle”
“That’s Why God Loves Cowboys”
“Bluebonnets” (Julia’s Song)
“They Don’t Make Em Like They Use To”
“Wildfire” (John Mayer cover)
“July in Cheyenne” (Song for Lane’s Momma)
“Higher Ground” (Acoustic Bonus Track)