Independent Texas Country singer Aaron Watson has overcome rejection and worked his way to the Grand Ole Opry.
After the release of his album The Underdog last month, Texas country singer Aaron Watson has been topping the charts, despite being unsigned. The newest studio album is aptly named since the “That’s Why God Loves Cowboys” crooner has faced and overcome a lot of rejection from Nashville. His hard work and persistence have paid off, and last night he made his first ever appearance at the Grand Ole Opry.
“It took me 15 years, 12 albums, & 2000+ shows to play the @Opry …it was worth the wait!” Watson stated on his Facebook page earlier today. The singer continued, “I sang “That Look” to @mrsaaronwatson …she smiled so big, her eyes watered up & I couldn’t hardly take my eyes of her!” Watson went on to thank fans and the Opry: “It was an amazing night being surrounded by friends, family and FANS that traveled in from all over the country just to see me sing three songs! A BIG thanks to the Grand Ole Opry for making this Texas Boy feel right at home!”
Most of the country crooner’s airplay has been in his home state, but that hasn’t stopped him from climbing the charts. The Texas native made Billboard history in February when his most recent album debuted at number one on the Country Albums chart despite being unsigned. At its release, he told Rolling Stone Country about the album:
“I wanted to raise the bar, both musically and lyrically, when making this record. Working with Keith Stegall definitely took things to the next level… I’ve been playing some of these songs live already, and the first single, ‘That Look,’ has been on fire online and at radio. So, if that’s any indication, I know that this is just the start of great things ahead, and I’m excited to let everyone know The Underdog is coming.”
The Underdog has gained quite a bit of momentum, ranking above Sam Hunt’s Montevallo for the first two weeks after its release. “A lot of people call me ‘up and coming,’ but it’s more like ‘slow and steady,'” Watson said in another interview with Rolling Stone Country. Chances are Watson will continue to achieve more success, despite what Nashville record executives may think of his work.