Aaron Watson gathers his band on the bus to give a breezy acoustic rendition of his current single “Kiss That Girl Goodbye,” which originally came out in February. Watson’s new album Red Bandana will be released June 21st.
Accompanied by cell phone video that frequently rotates around the Texas native’s tour bus with his live band, the performance has a spontaneous, loose feel. Guitar, banjo and fiddle get to shine in this new version, with some light, pattering percussion keeping time in the background. Stripped down from its original, more rocking arrangement, it splits the difference between bluegrass and indie folk, underscoring the fact that it’s a feel-good song about breaking things off. “But a fresh new start will warm your heart/Like the sun breaking through a cloudy sky,” he sings, accompanied by a lovely, undulating chord progression.
Red Bandana, which follows the successful indie releases The Underdog and Vaquero, contains 20 new songs, all of which Watson penned by himself. In addition to “Kiss a Girl Goodbye,” the album features previously released tracks “Trying Like the Devil” and “To Be the Moon.” Following the release of Red Bandana, Watson will launch a headlining tour on June 28th that runs through mid-October, hitting several summer festivals along the way.