A true blue country cowboy talks about faults, faith and forgiveness Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Stagecoach
INDIO, CA - APRIL 30: Musician Aaron Watson performs onstage during 2016 Stagecoach California's Country Music Festival at Empire Polo Club on April 30, 2016 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Stagecoach)

Country music is full of road warriors, but few can outwork Aaron Watson. For more than 20 years, Aaron has remained committed to performing his music throughout the country, fully understanding that it’s the authenticity that comes through in his music and his live performances that builds lifelong fans.

Yet, it hasn’t always been easy.

“Road life is rough,” Aaron told Rare Country in a recent interview at a show in Chicago. “You are surrounded by all kinds of things that a married man should not be surrounded with. There are constant struggles, and that’s life and no one’s perfect. When you mess up, you just have to put the train back on the tracks and you move forward.”

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That’s exactly what Aaron does every day in one way or another, particularly now as he finds himself in one of the most promising moments of his career. The Texas-based singer not only has a new single out called “Run Wild Horses,” but he is still celebrating the success of his previous single, “Outta Style,” which made its way to the Top 10 on the country music charts in 2017.

“I think a lot of this stuff in the big picture is meaningless,” admits Aaron, long known for leaning on his faith both in his professional and his personal life. “If you are a Christian, everyone expects perfection. And that’s unrealistic. That’s not what being Christian is about. I love Billy Graham and I love Johnny Cash, and let me tell you, I’m a whole lot more like Johnny than Billy. Johnny had a lot of struggles and failed marriages and addictions, and that’s real life, but he never gave up on his faith.”

And God almighty, do we all need that faith right about now.


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“We live in a very weird world where we are supposed to be accepting of everything, but when someone messes up we are quick to hang them,” Aaron says quietly. “It’s a huge contradiction. I don’t throw stones and I don’t want anyone throwing them back. Show others love and kindness. That’s what makes you feel good ultimately.”


It’s these feel-good stories that often spur Aaron to write a song.

“There is a little boy that I’m friends with who has some special needs,” Aaron tells Rare Country. “He’s having a hard time, so we were texting, We have been friends for a long time, since he was 10 years old, and he was saying something to me about ‘I want to be a star like you’ and I said to him, ‘Well, I’m not a star.’ He says to me, ‘If you are not a star, what are you?’ I told him that I am more like the moon because the moon can’t do his job by himself. The moon needs the sun, and the moon is moody, so I’m more like the moon, and from that I wrote one of the best songs I have ever written.


“People have to be proud of who they are,” he adds, “because who they are is who God made them to be.”

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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