Dodge City residents will be getting a taste of Texas-style country music with musician Aaron Watson performing at 11 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, at Central Station Bar and Grill.
Born in Amarillo, Texas, Aaron Watson was influenced at an early age by gospel hymns and classic country records by artists such as Merle Haggard, George Jones and Willie Nelson. He began writing his own songs while a student at Abilene Christian University and after graduating soon gained a loyal Texas following.
So far Watson has sold more than 150,000 records and has had eight number one singles on the Texas Music Chart. His recordings include 2002’s “Shutupanddance,” 2004’s “The Honky Tonk Kid” and 2008’s “Angels & Outlaws.” Watson is currently touring in support of his 2012 album “Real Good Time.” The album opened with a career-best number nine rank on Billboard’s country chart.
“It really sums up what we have been doing the last twelve years, and I feel like it is the cream of the crop for us,” Watson said about the recent album in a news release.
His latest single “Summertime Girl” is currently number one on the Texas Music Chart.
Watson last appeared in Dodge City in 2008 and he said he is looking forward to returning.
“We’re excited to be returning as crowds are great in Colorado and the eastern part of Kansas, so we know the city of Dodge City should be great as well” he said. “Lots of excitement online for the show and we know western Kansas loves some good country music.”
Watson’s set will be mostly geared toward his most recent record and will feature songs that include “Raise Your Bottle,” “Lips” and “July In Cheyenne.” But it will also feature older staples including “Reckless,” “Diesel Driving Daddy” and “Barbed Wire Halo.”
“Since we’ve been touring over a decade and put out eight studio records, we try to take the fans through as much of the catalog as we can and give them an entertaining and engaging show,” Watson said. “As with any show, we are looking forward to putting on a great country music concert and connecting with the fans, be that from the stage or after the show meeting them and signing autographs at the merchandise booth.”
Central Station owner Albert Vazquez said he is looking forward to the event and has been trying to bring Watson back to Dodge since he last performed in 2008. Tickets for the event can be purchased in advance by visiting Central Station.
“I love live music,” Vazquez said. “We have great support from the community and our sponsors. Dodge City should be southwest Kansas’ live music headquarters.”