Texas native Aaron Watson is set to release his 11th studio album early next year and has given the LP a name that’s synonymous with hard-working cowboys. Vaquero, a Spanish term popular in the southwest for one who drives cattle, follows Watson’s history-making album The Underdog, which became the first independently issued set by a male artist to top Billboard‘s country albums chart in early 2015. Vaquero will hit retailers and online outlets February 24th.
Co-produced by the artist with Marshall Altman, who has helmed LPs for Frankie Ballard and Eric Paslay, among others, the album’s 16 tracks were all written or co-written by Watson, with contributions from Mac McAnally, Leslie Satcher and Kendell Marvel, among others.
Last month, Rolling Stone Country premiered the first single from Vaquero. The propulsive “Outta Style” finds Watson covering more contemporary country terrain than he has previously, but still celebrating his Lone Star State roots with the playful “Amen Amigo” and the life lessons of the album’s accordion-driven title track.
Now in his 17th year of making records, Watson defied the odds with his aptly titled LP The Underdog, which also earned a Top Ten berth on the multi-genre Billboard 200 in its first week of release.
“What we’re doing right now is pretty much a ‘David versus Goliath’ kind of situation, because I’ve never been embraced by the music industry,” Watson told Rolling Stone Country after that LPs unprecedented success. “There’s only so many times you can be told you’ll never make it. At some point, you have to say, ‘Hey, we’re gonna need to take a different route to get where we’re wanting to go.’ And that’s what we did. If someone shuts a door in your face, you don’t let that stop you; you pick the lock, take it off its hinges or find another door that’s open.”
Vaquero track listing:
“Take You Home Tonight”
“These Old Boots Have Roots”
“Be My Girl”
“They Don’t Make Em Like They Used To”
“Run Wild Horses”
“Big Love in a Small Town”
“One Two Step at a Time”
“Diamonds & Daughters”