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Aaron Watson loves his kids, he loves his wife Kim, and he loves living a life where he can make a career out of bringing his music to his fans all across the country.

But he’s not too crazy about watching his little Valentine — 8-year-old daughter Jolee Kate — grow up.

“I’m just madly in love with her,” Aaron told Rare Country before a show at Joe’s Live in Chicago, while looking at a pic he recently put up on his Instagram of his youngest child. “It’s really ridiculous. My wife is always laughing at us. Just the other day I was putting my daughter to bed and we listened to music, and read and said our prayers, and all of a sudden she tells me, ‘When I get a little bit older and I am a singer, it will be great because I can use your bus.’”

Aaron laughs, taking off his hat for a moment to wipe his brow.

“The truth is she is very talented and, heck, all the babies are very talented, but Jolee will probably go on to be a singer,” he tells us. “She loves to write, she plays the piano and the guitar – and she can sing like a little bird. She will probably sell more albums in one week than her old man sold in 30 years. She will go around and do interviews and say that, ‘My dad had this cute country band and he is my driver now and picks up my dry cleaning.’”

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Aaron laughs again, but any parent out there knows where Aaron is coming from. Watching his kids grow up — including sons Jake and Jack — is something he loves, but he also loves watching his career transform before his eyes, as he wrapped 2017 with a Top 10 hit on the national radio charts with his self-penned “Outta Style.” And now, he has high hopes for his new single, “Run Wild Horses.”

From every point of view, it looks like this guy has it all.

But don’t be fooled.

“Over the last two years, people keep coming up to me saying, ‘Aaron, you have it all together,’ and I don’t want them to think that,” Aaron admits. “If they think that, I feel like I am letting them down. If they think I have it all together, then I am painting an unrealistic perspective of myself. Do I post a picture of my wife when she is chewing my butt? No. She would kill me.”

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Aaron laughs yet again, but it’s certainly true that he has made a career out of being authentic, and he isn’t about to stop doing that any time soon.

“My mom has been battling cancer on and off for the last five years, and let me tell you, those are real struggles,” he says. “I was a mess 20 years ago. I was a mess 10 years ago. I will be a mess next year. It doesn’t matter if I will be at the top of the mountain or the bottom of the creek, I’m a mess. But the bigger the stage, the more opportunity I have to share with people my love for my wife and my kids, and my love for Jesus.”

And THAT’s what its all about.

A country hit-maker gushes over his sassy little Valentine Instagram/AaronWatsonMusic
Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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