Country artist Aaron Watson stops Silver Spur Arena in Belgrade on Friday, April 4, in support of his critically acclaimed album “Real Good Time,” which opened with a career-best No. 9 rank on Billboard’s country chart. Remarkably, this was accomplished under Watson’s own independent HTK Records banner.

Watson’s career has been, as he would put it, “slow and steady; a long distance race and not a sprint.” Though he currently lives in Abilene, he was raised in Amarillo (“you can’t get any more country than that,” he laughs) on his father’s record collection that not only included classic country, but also acts like the Beach Boys and the Beatles. While his mother would encourage him to sing, Watson preferred other boyish pursuits like baseball, which he played up until college where he was derailed by an injury. It was at Abilene Christian University where Watson picked up the guitar and realized his God-given talent for songwriting.

Ask Watson what inspires him – and his music – and he’ll list three things: family, fans and faith. He has an undying and steadfast dedication to all of these pillars, and every one influences the other.

“They are what makes my music,” he said. “When I’m writing songs, that’s what on my mind. What else is there?” 

“Real Good Time” has songs about Watson’s wife, his parents and grandparents, about his faith in Jesus.

“It’s reflective of who I am,” he said. “And I think that is what makes an artist an artist.”

Currently, Watson is recording his next album due out this year with legendary producer, Keith Stegall.

Tickets are available at Cactus Records in Bozeman, at the 49er Diner or Yellowstone Truck Stop in Livingston, or online at www.ticketriver.com for $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

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For more information, visit www.aaronwatson.com.