Aaron Watson Joins George Strait, Robert Earl Keen, Willie Nelson As Newest Member of The Texas Cowboy Hall Of Fame
Watson Honored With 2020 “Spirit of Texas Award” During January 16 Induction Ceremony at Billy Bob’s Texas
Fort Worth, TX (January 17, 2020) — Just one week into a 32-date cross-country spring tour, Aaron Watson — “Texas country’s reigning indie underdog” (Rolling Stone) — has earned a Texas-sized honor: an induction into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, joining the same ranks as George Strait, Robert Earl Keen, Willie Nelson, and Nolan Ryan.
Hailed as “one of country music’s biggest DIY success stories” by Forbes, Watson — whose hard work and genuine dedication to his craft has earned a steady climb from clubs to coliseums — was honored with TCHOF’s 2020 Spirit of Texas Award last night, at an induction ceremony at Billy Bob’s Texas.
“Getting inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame is a huge honor. Many legends and a lot of my heroes are on that list,” says Watson. “I am humbled by their recognition and it was a wonderful evening getting to celebrate it with my wife, kids, and parents attending. Texas and Cowboys have had a huge impact on making me the man, artist, and businessman that I am today.”
The induction begins what is bound to be yet another banner year for the award-winning songwriter, on the heels of his 15th album, 2019’s Red Bandana. Released last summer to critical and commercial acclaim, the 20-song album was entirely written by Watson, prompting PARADE to call the Top 10 record “a career-defining project.”
American Songwriter agreed, raving, “The fact that Aaron Watson…embraces a DIY ethic and writes his own material, while still cultivating a massive fan base within the realm of modern country music, makes him a singular entity.”
About Aaron Watson
Aaron Watson’s career is perhaps summed up best by Forbes, who says he’s “one of country music’s biggest DIY success stories.” For the past 20 years, Watson has achieved success on his own terms, hand-building a lauded career through songwriting, relentless touring and more than a dozen self-released albums. His independent Texas spirit and strong work ethic are emblematic of the western lifestyle; virtues which have taken him from humble honky-tonks of Texas to multiple sold-out tours around the world. In 2019 he released Red Bandana — “his most ambitious album yet” (Taste of Country) — whose 20 songs were hailed by The Boot as “a pure expression of his traditional country ethos.” This unprecedented acclaim follows Watson’s previous album, Vaquero, whose Top 10 hit “Outta Style” earned a BMI Millionaire award, and The Underdog, the first independent album in the history of country music to top the Billboard Country Albums chart. With a dozen additional records under his belt, Watson is exceeding major-label-sized metrics while maintaining his independence, further galvanizing his “Texas country’s reigning indie underdog” (Rolling Stone) brand. “There may be no more genuine singer-songwriter at the moment than Watson,” says Texas Monthly, pointing to a self-made businessman, chart-topper, and road warrior whose authenticity has made him a country music staple.
About the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame
Currently undergoing a relocation and renovation project, The Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame is home to more than 140 inductees who represent the best of the best in ranching, business, entertainment, rodeo, and agriculture. In addition to displays dedicated to inductees of the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, museum collections include the Sterquell Wagon Collection and the John Justin Trail of Fame.