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Tragedy aside, success is coming quickly

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Life has been moving lightning fast for Aaron Watson.

The country singer has been hard at work on a new album, which will be released in August.

Yet while he forges ahead with his career, he makes sure to remain there for his family. Last year, Watson’s infant daughter, Julia Grace, died.

“We have our moments from time to time,” he says. “There is an empty high chair at the kitchen table. There is an empty crib in a bedroom. And there will always be an emptiness inside our hearts.”

While Watson’s life now has a damper on it, he’s found the strength to continue to make music. He’s been working on “Real Good Time” for nearly six months and his first single, “Raise Your Bottle,” has been released to radio and on iTunes on Memorial Day.

“All of the proceeds from this song that I wrote for my dad will benefit the brave men and women who have paid the price to give us freedom,” he says. “It’s an important song.”

Aaron Watson
With Asphalt Cowboys
WHEN: 9 p.m. June 15
WHERE: Dirty Bourbon Dance Hall & Saloon, 9800 Montgomery NE
HOW MUCH: $10 at the door

Watson is no stranger to country music. He’s already released 10 albums and found success in the country circuit. His most recent release, “The Road & The Rodeo,” was released under Big Label Records, which he owns.

“My biggest fear when I record an album is that it’s the same all the way through,” Watson says. “It’s very important for me to throw in some curveballs and some sliders. Pitchers love to throw the fastball, but you’ve got to throw in some change-ups once in a while for those fastballs to be effective.”

Watson also is no stranger to baseball. The singer grew up in Amarillo, Texas, and ended up playing baseball at New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs.

“If you had asked me back then what I was going to be, I would have said, ‘Shortstop for the Houston Astros,’ ” he laughs. “Then I woke up one day and realized I was the most incredibly average player on the face of God’s green Earth. But I got a long way on work ethic and fundamentals. Baseball is so much like life.”

An injury ended Watson’s baseball dream and he transferred to Abiliene Christian University, where he started taking guitar lessons.

Flash forward nearly a decade, and Watson is living his new dream of performing and writing music.

“The good Lord’s really blessed me,” he says. “From my management to my booking to the 10 phenomenal guys I’ve got out on the road, it’s crazy how the pieces have just fallen together. It’s been a neat experience.”

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