When Aaron Watson sings “Shut Up and Dance,” it may not sound very mannerly, but it is being listened to, according to concert promoters.
“Shut Up and Dance” is the hit single for the up-and-coming Texas Country singer, who is slated to play Saturday night at Bash Riprock’s, 2419 Main St., in Lubbock. Watson is backed by his group, The Orphans of the Brazos.
Front Porch Texas will open the show at 10:30 p.m. (CDT).
“Aaron Watson puts on a really good show of pure country music,” said John Psyitee of Bash Riprock’s. “He’s getting good radio play and we’ve noticed a steady increase in his audience when he plays here.”
Watson — still a new kid on the country music block — recently released his latest single this past fall, “I Don’t Want You To Go (But I Need You to Leave),” according to Watson’s promoters. The video for that song is getting airplay on GAC (Great American Country) TV.
Watson began turning heads and capturing fans with his freshman CD, “A Texas Cafe” in 2000, the promoters said. The CD produced the radio hit, “When All Those Aggies Move to Austin,” a song which spent 10 weeks on the Texas Music Chart. His hit “Shut Up and Dance” is listed at number 17 is this week’s Texas Country Music Chart.
Born and raised in Amarillo, Watson was attending Abilene Christian University and playing baseball when he began writing songs with a friend and started developing a strong following in the local honky tonk circuit, promoters said. He is currently getting radio play on various country music stations from Texas to Nashville.
In late 2001, Watson then returned to the studio, along with players from the Robert Earl Keen Band and the help of legendary musician Lloyd Maines to record “Shut Up and Dance,” promoters said. The song is a slow ballad about focusing on the love of a marriage despite whatever financial turmoil might be present.
Texas Country is the label given to regional Texas country bands which tend to concentrate on old school country rather than the modern country pop sound that has become commercially popular, according to promoters. The genre has become so popular that Texas Country has its own section in many music stores and country music TV stations have programs and video shows devoted to Texas Country. Top artists in the genre include Pat Green, Cory Morrow, Charlie Robison and Cooder Graw.
Tickets for the Aaron Watson concert will only be available at the door on the evening of the show. Admission is $6 for people over 21 and $10 for under 21.