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Sand Springs Summerfest Featuring The Bellamy Brothers

The Inaugural Sand Springs SummerFest is this Saturday May 17th from 1-9pm at River City Park, featuring a live concert by The Bellamy Brothers at 7:30.

Advance discount tickets are just $25.00 for adults and $15.00 for children and are good all day including The Bellamy Brothers concert.

Join us for an arts & crafts bazaar, food vendors, live music and more!

Tickets are on sale at the Sand Springs Area Chamber of Commerce office, Banc First, American Heritage Bank, Green Country Federal Credit Union and IBC Bank.

Click HERE to buy tickets online.

Get your advance tickets now and save $10.00!

Old Crow Medicine Show at The Brady Theater

Old Crow Medicine Show

July 10th

The Brady Theater

Tickets on sale Fri April 25th @10am

Tickets available at Reasor's and Starship Records in Tulsa, Buy For Less locations in OKC or By

phone @ 866.977.6849.  Buy Online @ HERE

Tickets are $34.50 & $39.50

Doors open at 7pm

All ages welcome.

K95 Exclusive George Strait Set List

The following songs are songs that George Strait has been singing on his final tour. George is an entertainer and has a great band so expect a few surprises here and there.

 

The Fireman

Check Yes or No

Ocean Front Property

Marina Del Rey

Blame It On Mexico

A Fire I Can't Put Out

Nobody In His Right Mind Would've Left Her

That's What Breaking Hearts Do

Arkansas Dave

Here for a Good Time

When Did You Stop Loving Me

River Of Love

You Look So Good in Love

How 'Bout Them Cowgirls

I Saw God Today

I Can Still Make Cheyenne

Drinkin' Man

I Believe

Give It Away

Fool Hearted Memory

Lead On

Amarillo By Morning

Give It All We Got Tonight

The Chair

I Got a Car

I'll Always Remember You

Troubadour

Unwound

 

Encore:

You Wreck Me

All My Ex's Live in Texas

Run

Folsom Prison Blues

The Cowboy Rides Away

Eric Church and Dwight Yoakam at The BOK Center

WHAT: Eric Church with special guest Dwight Yoakam WHERE: BOK Center WHEN: Saturday, November 1, 2014 ON SALE: Will be announced at a later date TICKETS: Will be announced at a later date TICKET INFO: Available online at www.bokcenter.com, Arby’s Box Office at the BOK Center, all ticket outlets, or by calling 1-866-7-BOKCTR. ERIC CHURCH WILL LAUNCH THE OUTSIDERS WORLD TOUR IN SEPTEMBER Eric Church’s The Outsiders World Tour will launch in North America on September 11, 2014 with 31 arena dates being announced today. Tickets for the tour, which beings in Bossier City, Louisiana, will go on sale April 18 in select markets with additional information made available on EricChurch.com. Members of the Church Choir will have access to a pre-sale starting on April 15. Church selected Dwight Yoakam as the special guest for the entire tour. Opening the tour on different dates throughout the first leg will be rising country music duo Brothers Osborne, critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Brandy Clark, or the hard rocking band Halestorm.

Hailed as a top entertainer by The New York Times, Rolling Stone, SPIN Magazine, and more, Church will bring his rip-roaring attitude when he performs at venues such as Madison Square Garden, Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, the Sprint Center in Kansas City, the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Atlanta, Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, and FedExForum in Memphis, among others. Church will also return to the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C. where he sold more than 15,000 tickets in 2012 as part of his headlining arena tour, The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour—which Pollstar named a Top Tour of 2012. While The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour employed a succession of backdrops as the focus of the show, Church's The Outsiders World Tour will use a much more high tech design and will offer fans a 360° view of the entertainer and his band.

On sale dates and ticket information for each market will be announced on EricChurch.com. The best seats on The Outsiders World Tour will once again be paperless so fans get them instead of scalpers.  A limited number of VIP tickets for each show will also be available for purchase. Each VIP ticket includes a premium ticket in the first 15 rows or in the general admission pit, an invitation to a pre-show party at The Outsiders Joint, a two song acoustic pre-show performance by Eric Church, a limited edition show poster, and a dedicated VIP concert concierge.

Fans have the chance to gain access to pre-sale tickets for each show by becoming a Standard or Premium member of the Church Choir. Join the Church Choir by visiting http://smarturl.it/churchchoir.

Church’s current album, The Outsiders, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart and the Billboard Country Albums Chart earlier this year, and his current hit single “Give Me Back My Hometown,” is Top 5-and-rising. “Eric Church is working on a level that few other country artists of his generation can touch,” said Ken Tucker at NPR Music in his review of the album, continuing, “Shrewd, defiant, sly and funny, Eric Church has succeeded in what he set out to do: He’s using the power he’s accrued from making hit records to make exactly the kind of album he wants, heedless of industry approval. And this is how good he is: Now he’ll go out and — through the singles he’ll release, the touring he’ll do and the videos he’ll make — probably turn this personal project into a big commercial deal. The Outsiders deserves nothing less.”

The Outsiders is the follow-up to Church’s Platinum-certified album Chief, (named the 2012 Album of the Year by both CMA and ACM, and GRAMMY-nominated for Best Country Album) which featured five Top 20 singles: “Homeboy” (certified Platinum for sales in excess of one million singles); the Top 10 “Like Jesus Does” and the Top 5 “Creepin’” (both certified Gold for sales in excess of 500,000 singles each); and two No. 1 hits “Drink in My Hand” (certified Platinum) and “Springsteen” (certified Double Platinum for sales in excess of two million singles). Church’s debut album, Sinners Like Me (2006) and his sophomore album Carolina (2009) are both RIAA Gold-certified. Carolina had three hit singles: the Top 10 “Hell on the Heart” as well as Top 20 hit “Smoke A Little Smoke” and Top 10 smash “Love Your Love The Most,” which were both certified Gold. Sinners Like Me spawned three Top 20 singles: “How ‘Bout You,” “Two Pink Lines,” and “Guys Like Me.”

Dwight Yoakam has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide, placing him in an elite group of global superstars. Nearly 40 of Yoakam’s singles have charted, with 14 peaking in the Top 10, including the hits “Honky Tonk Man,” “Please, Please Baby,” “Little Ways,” “I Sang Dixie,” “It Only Hurts When I Cry,” and “Fast as You.” He is a 21-time nominated, 2-time GRAMMY Award winner. In celebration of his latest critically acclaimed album, 3 Pears, he received the Artist of the Year award at the 2013 Americana Music Honors & Awards ceremony, the most prestigious award offered by the organization. In 2014, Yoakam will appear as a recurring guest star in multiple episodes of the thrilling CBS series, “Under the Dome,” based on Stephen King’s best-selling novel of the same name. For more information, visit www.dwightyoakam.com.

For John (guitar) and TJ (vocals/guitar) Osborne, getting into music was unavoidable. Growing up in the water town of Deale, Maryland, their close-nit-family of seven spent most nights not in front of the television, but writing and playing songs. In April 2011, Warner Chappell/King Pen Music offered them a publishing deal. A year later, Capitol Records offered them a record deal. The Brothers Osborne are currently in the studio finishing their debut album, an album they describe as “aggressive, bold and fragile at times.” Their current single is “Rum.” For more information, visit www.brothersosborne.com.

Brandy Clark’s debut album, 12 Stories, was released in October 2013 and has received tremendous critical acclaim. When reviewing 12 Stories, Randy Lewis of The Los Angeles Times wrote, “This is the country debut of the year.” Clark was nominated for her first GRAMMY Award earlier this year for Best Country Song for “Mama’s Broken Heart,” which she co-wrote with Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves and Miranda Lambert took to No. 1. That song also earned Clark her first CMA and ACM nominations, both for Song of the Year. Clark as been on tour with Jennifer Nettles. For more information visit www.brandyclarkmusic.com.

Upon its release, The Strange Case Of…, the second album from Atlantic Records artist Halestorm, shot to the No. 1 slot on Billboard’s Hard Rock Albums chart. The first single, “Love Bites (So Do I),” marked the first song by a female fronted group to top the active rock chart and earned the band a GRAMMY award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance. The song was also the No. 1 song of 2012 on SiriusXM’s Octane. The band’s second single “Freak Like Me” also hit No. 1 on the Active Rock chart and their third single “Here’s To Us” saw incredible chart success as well. Halestorm also released their second covers EP last fall, ReAniMate 2.0: The CoVeRs eP, which saw the band putting their distinctive brand another eclectic collection of classic songs. In addition to releasing her own clothing and accessory line this past fall, “Scissor Happy,” frontwoman Lzzy Hale has also garnered national media attention appearing on the cover of Revolver’s “Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock” issue twice. The band has also performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Halestorm is currently on a sold-out European tour and working on their third studio album. For more information, visit www.HalestormRocks.com.

The first leg of the tour will take place throughout Sept.-Dec. in the U.S. and Canada and is exclusively promoted by Louis Messina of The Messina Group/AEG Live. The dates for the first leg of The Outsiders World Tour with special guest Dwight Yoakum (#TheOutsidersLive) are as follows:

Sept. 11 | Bossier City, La. | CenturyLink Center* Sept. 13 | St. Louis, Mo. | Scottrade Center* Sept. 16 | Minneapolis, Minn. | Target Center* Sept. 17 | Des Moines, Iowa | Wells Fargo Arena* Sept. 18 | Omaha, Neb. | CenturyLink Center* Sept. 25 | Louisville, Ky. | KFC Yum! Center* Sept. 26 | Charleston, W.Va. | Charleston Civic Center* Sept. 27 | Greensboro, N.C. | Greensboro Coliseum* Oct. 9 | Grand Rapids, Mich. | Van Andel Arena* Oct. 10 | Cleveland, Ohio | Quicken Loans Arena* Oct. 11 | Pittsburgh, Pa. | Consol Energy Center* Oct. 16 | Charlottesville, Va. | John Paul Jones Arena** Oct. 17 | New York, N.Y. | Madison Square Garden** Oct. 18 | Philadelphia, Pa. | Wells Fargo Center** Oct. 23 | Manchester, N.H. | Verizon Wireless Arena** Oct. 24 | Uncasville, Conn. | Mohegan Sun** Oct. 25 | Uncasville, Conn. | Mohegan Sun** Oct. 30 | Knoxville, Tenn. |Thompson-Boling Arena** Oct. 31 | Memphis, Tenn.| FedExForum** Nov. 1 | Tulsa, Okla. | BOK Center** Nov. 13 | London, Ont. | Budweiser Gardens** Nov. 14 | Hamilton, Ont. | FirstOntario Centre** Nov. 15 | Ottawa, Ont. | Canadian Tire Centre** Nov. 20 | Green Bay, Wis. | Resch Center Nov. 21 | Peoria, Ill. | Peoria Civic Center*** Nov. 22 | Evansville, Ind. | The Ford Center*** Dec. 5 | Kansas City, Mo. | Sprint Center Dec. 6 | Sioux Falls, S.D. | Denny Sanford Premier Center*** Dec. 11 | Atlanta, Ga. | The Arena at Gwinnett Center*** Dec. 12 | Lexington, Ky. | Rupp Arena*** Dec. 13 | Birmingham, Ala. | BJCC Arena*** All dates with special guest Dwight Yoakum *denotes Brothers Osborne **denotes Brandy Clark ***denotes Halestorm

Mark Chestnutt and Tracy Lawrence at River Spirit Event Center

Mark Chestnut and Tracy Lawrence at River Spirit Event Center

April 25th at River Spirit 

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All Ages

Mark Chesnutt and Tracy Lawrence have joined forces and are bringing their traditional country music sound to the Event Center Friday, April 25 at 7 PM.“Mark Chesnutt and Tracy Lawrence have a genuine respect and love for traditional country music,” said General Manager, Jerry Floyd. “Both performers have a dedicated fan base and enjoy performing live. We anticipate a fun-filled evening of music and entertainment.”

Mark Chesnutt made his Nashville debut in 1990 with his first single, “Too Cold at Home.” A string of popular albums and hit songs followed including “Brother Jukebox,” “I’ll Think of Something,” “It’s a Little Too Late,” “It Sure Is Monday,” “Almost Goodbye,” and the Aerosmith remake “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.” Chesnutt remains true to himself as a traditional country artist, while keeping pace with the ever-changing country recording landscape. He has a knack for picking great songs and delivering them with world-class style and heart-felt emotion.

Tracy Lawrence first burst onto the country music scene in the early 90’s with four Top 10 country hits from his introductory album, Sticks and Stones, and has enjoyed 22 songs on the Billboard top ten charts with eighteen number one singles, including “Sticks and Stones,” “Alibis,” and “Time Marches On.” Lawrence embarked on the latest chapter of his music career in 2013 with the release of his album Headlights, Taillights And Radios. The 11-song collection features some of his most progressive music to date.Tickets for Mark Chesnutt and Tracy Lawrence start at $30 and are on sale NOW at riverspirittulsa.com and the Main Players Club Box Office.

About River Spirit CasinoRiver Spirit Casino showcases 200,000 square feet of gaming space and features one of the largest gaming floors in Oklahoma. With over 2,600 high-tech electronic machines, 13 poker tables, and 16 table games, River Spirit Casino is the destination of choice for casino excitement. Additional casino amenities include a non-smoking gaming area and a high-stakes room. Guests can enjoy four dining and beverage venues including the largest casino buffet in Oklahoma, a casual fine dining establishment, a 24-hour café, an entertainment lounge and a sports bar. River Spirit Casino is located on the banks of the Arkansas River at 81st & Riverside Drive in Tulsa, Oklahoma. For more information on River Spirit Casino please visit the website www.riverspirittulsa.com.As an active community partner, River Spirit Casino provides a positive economic impact for Tulsa and surrounding towns. Proceeds from gaming operations help to fund a variety of Muscogee (Creek) Nation service programs such as housing, education, elderly assistance and healthcare. For more information on the tribe’s history and government, please visit the Muscogee (Creek) Nation's Web site. www.muscogeenation-nsn.gov.

Reba at The Enid Event Center

OKLAHOMA NATIVE AND GRAMMY AWARD WINNING ARTIST REBA IN CONCERT IN ENID EVENT CENTER ON JUNE 21  Global Spectrum the managers of Enid Event Center and Convention Hall have announced Reba in concert on June 21 as Enid Event Center’s One Year Anniversary Show. Tickets will go on sale 10:00 AM Friday, March 28.  Fans can order tickets by calling 855.TIX.ENID, visiting www.EnidEventCenter.com or in the Enid Event Center and Convention Hall Box Office. “We are excited to announce Reba coming to Enid Event Center on Saturday, June 21,” said Global Spectrum's Keller Taylor, General Manager of Enid Event Center and Convention Hall. “Having one of the most successful recording artists, especially an Oklahoman, in history join us this summer, will be a great event as we celebrate our one year anniversary of the Enid Event Center and Convention Hall complex.  Reba continues to exemplify our commitment to bringing world-class entertainment to Enid and North Central Oklahoma.”   One of the most successful female recording artists in history, Reba has sold over 56 million albums worldwide and is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame. She has won 15 American Music Awards; 13 ACM Awards; 9 People’s Choice Awards; 7 CMA Awards; 2 GRAMMY Awards; an ACM Career Achievement Honor; and is one of only four entertainers in history to receive the National Artistic Achievement Award from the U.S. Congress.   Reba’s reign of #1 hits spans four decades and Billboard, Country Aircheck and Mediabase recognized her as the biggest female hitmaker in Country music history. She earned her 64th Top 10 hit and her 35th #1 with “Turn On The Radio,” from her most recent album, ALL THE WOMEN I AM. Reba’s run of sales successes has garnered her in the upper echelon of #1 albums in the Country genre. During her ALL THE WOMEN I AM TOUR, both Pollstar and Billboard’s Boxscore (the touring industry’s leading trade outlets) named Reba the #1 female Country touring artist, selling a combined total of over 9 million tickets. The Oklahoma native is also an acclaimed actress with 11 movie credits to her name, including Tremors, North & The Little Rascals. In 2001, she made her Broadway debut in Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun which the New York Times hailed, "without qualification the best performance by an actress in a musical comedy this season." She has also starred in the eponymous sitcom Reba, which ran for 6 seasons on the WB Television Network/The CW, and Malibu Country on ABC.  Reba, with tickets priced at $95 and $129, joins a steady pace of events in Enid Event Center and Convention Hall including: Harlem Globetrotters – April 2NOC Community Band Spring Concert – April 15The Easter Event – April 20Nobodies of Comedy – April 26Extreme Rodeo Challenge - May 2-3KANSAS: 40th Anniversary Tour – May 10BattleGrounds MMA 4 – May 17Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries – June 13Enid Roller Girls Home Bouts – April 12, August 2, October 25All events are on sale now and tickets can be purchased by calling 855.TIX.ENID or visiting www.EnidEventCenter.com. For a full list of upcoming events in Enid Event Center and Convention Hall, visit www.EnidEventCenter.com.    Global Spectrum (global-spectrum.com) manages more than 115 other public assembly facilities around the world. Nearly 23-million people attended more than 15,000 events in Global Spectrum venues last year. Based in Philadelphia, PA, Global Spectrum is part of Comcast-Spectacor, one of the world’s largest sports and entertainment companies. Comcast-Spectacor also owns the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage services provider, New Era Tickets, a full-service ticketing and marketing product for public assembly facilities, Paciolan, the leading provider of venue establishment ticketing, fundraising and marketing technology solutions, Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company, and Flyers SkateZone, a series of community ice skating rinks.

Montgomery Gentry at Cain's Ballroom

Montgomery Gentry

Fri Apr 18

Tickets on sale Friday March, 21st at 10am

Doors: 7:00 pm

Cain's Ballroom

Tulsa, OK$27.00 - $42.00This event is all agesShow :: 8:15pm (times subject to change)Advance $27 | Day of Show $29 | Door $29 | Mezzanine (21+) $42There is a $2 fee that applies to each ticket purchased at the Cain's Box Office.

About Montgomery Gentry:

When the two Kentucky boys—Eddie, is from Lancaster and Troy is from Lexington—first burst onto the national scene in 1999 with the defiant “Hillbilly Shoes” notice was served—country music had never seen a hard driving duo like this.Despite the millions of albums sold, the sold out shows and the scores of awards, Montgomery Gentry remains in touch with its working class roots. “We are blue collar workers and we lived the songs that we sing,” says Troy. “Because of that, our fans are able to make the connection and when they hear our songs, they know we are singing with passion and we know what we are talking about.”“People are going to be able to touch on each one of our songs and say. ‘Yeah man, that song is a little bit about me,’ or ‘I know a person that lives next door to me that’s been through what you just got done singing about,’” Troy continues. “People can associate themselves with ours songs.”“With us is what you see is what you get,” Eddie says of the duo’s down-to-earth demeanor. “We don’t act like we don’t drink or cuss. We have faults like everybody else and that’s who we are.”Who they are is a duo with fourteen Top 10 singles, including five No. 1s, “Something To Be Proud Of,” “If You Ever Stop Loving Me,” Lucky Man,” “Back When I Knew It All” and “Roll With Me.”But awards and accolades aside, it’s Eddie and Troy’s induction into the venerable Grand Ole Opry in 2009 that means the most to them.“Unlike other awards, becoming members of the Grand Ole Opry is something people can’t take away from you,” Troy says. “Other awards come and go, but once you become a member of the Opry, you are a member for life—that’s something that Eddie and I are very proud to be a part of.”There’s no doubt that they’re hard-running honky tonkers, but Eddie and Troy are also empathetic citizens of the world. Acknowledged by the Academy of Country Music as the 2010 winners of its Humanitarian Award, they devote their time and energy into making the needs of others a priority. They are active participants in many charitable organizations, including the U.S. military and numerous charitable organizations such as the TJ Martell Foundation, Camp Horsin' Around and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Middle Tennessee, among numerous others.“We grew up on Charlie Daniels, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Merle Haggard,” Eddie says with conviction. “That’s who we are. We cut our teeth in the honky tonks and no matter what you try to do, we have to be us or it just doesn’t sound right.”No re-entry! No smoking! No refunds!Oklahoma Joe’s will be serving their full menu from 7pm – 9pm.

Red Dirt Round-Up at BOK Center

WHAT: Red Dirt Roundup presented by Lipton Iced Tea

WHERE: BOK Center

WHEN: Saturday, May 10th

TICKET INFO: Available online at www.bokcenter.com, Arby’s Box Office at the BOK Center, all ticket outlets, or by calling 1-866-7-BOKCTR. SMG Tulsa and DCF Concerts are pleased to announce the inaugural Red Dirt Round-Up presented by Lipton Iced Tea, featuring Randy Rogers Band, Casey Donahew Band, Kevin Fowler and The Cadillac Three set for Saturday, May 10 at the BOK Center. Tickets to the general public go on sale starting Friday, March 14 at 10a.m. and will be available at www.bokcenter.com, Arby’s Box Office at the BOK Center, all ticket outlets, or by calling 1-800-7-BOKCTR. Early Bird tickets will be available for only $20 (additional fees may apply).

Randy Rogers Band is comprised of lead vocalist Randy Rogers, guitarist Geoffrey Hill, base guitarist Jon Richardson, Brady Black on the fiddle, and Les Lawless on drums. This Texas born band has four recorded studio and two live albums including their most recent album released in April of 2013 titled “Trouble.” They have charted seven singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts including their most recent single “One More Sad Song” that became the bands first Billboard Top 40 Hit. Casey Donahew Band is an up and coming true Texas group that kick-started their career with a self-released album “Moving On” that hit the Top 30 album chart in Billboard Magazine in 2009. They continued their climb with the single “One Star Flag” which hit number one on the Texas Music Chart in 2011. The Casey Donahew Band continues to bring Red Dirt country music to the top of the charts with their most recent album “StandOff” which debuted at number seven on Billboard’s Top Country Album’s list. They stay true to their Texas roots by pleasing their fans through online sales and bar gigs. Kevin Fowler, a Texas born singer-songwriter, has released five studio albums and earned a spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts with three different singles. His first Top 40 hit came with his single “Pound Sign (#?*!)” in 2010 and continues to gain more and more fans and popularity not just in Texas but throughout the Midwest. His newest album “How Country are Ya?” was released March 4, 2014 and stays true to his rockin’ Red Dirt sound. The Cadillac Three, whose members include Nashville natives Jaren Johnston, Neil Mason and Kelby Ray, have been friends and musical co-conspirators since they were kids. They’ve weathered ups and downs, but in spite of all the trials and tribulations, The Cadillac Three have emerged with a sound all of their own. A sound that hovers between radio-ready country anthems, hard-and-heavy rock and traditional Southern folk – a sound like some might like to call Red Dirt. Johnston co-wrote “You Gonna Fly” for Keith Urban, “Southern Girl” for Tim McGraw, and “Days of Gold” for Jake Owen. In late 2013, the trio released its debut single “The South.” It features guest vocals from Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley, and Mike Eli of the Eli Young Band.

Aaron Watson at Cain's Ballroom

Aaron Watson will play the Historic Cain's ballroom on Friday August 1st with special guests: Cody Johnson Band.Tickets on sale Friday, March 21st at:  Cain’s Box Office or by phone @ 877-4-FLYTIX or online @ www.cainsballroom.com   This is an all ages show.Tickets:  $12 + fees advance / $15 + fees day of showAbout Aaron Watson:It's no secret that Texas has always had its own kind of music and its own kind of music business to go along with it. But even by the wide-open standards of the Lone Star State, the ongoing career and success of Aaron Watson are something else. With an uncanny knack for mixing great songs and unforgettable performances with good, old-fashioned business savvy, Watson has grown – night-by-night, fan-by-fan, album-by-album, one honky-tonk stage at a time – into an unstoppable force in Texas Music with his sights firmly set on the national stage.

With the October 12th release of The Road & The Rodeo – his tenth under his own independent banner, Big Label Records – the Abilene-based artist steps up to the plate and knocks it out of the park with a career-defining collection of 15 pure-country songs that celebrate his musical journey over the past 10 year. To Watson, the album represents a creative career high. To everyone within hearing distance, The Road & The Rodeo represents the freshest musical breeze to blow out of Texas in a long, long time."My biggest fear when I record an album is that it's the same all the way through," Watson says. "It's very important for me to throw in some curve balls and some sliders. Pitchers love to throw the fastball, but you've got to throw in some changeups once in a while for those fastballs to be effective."

You'll have to forgive the baseball allusions. Growing up in Amarillo, long before he'd ever picked up a guitar or written a song, the national pastime was the focus of young Watson's life."If you had asked me back then what I was going to be, I would have said, 'Short stop for the Houston Astros,'" he laughs. "Then I woke up one day and realized I was the most incredibly average player on the face of God's green earth. But I got a long way on work ethic and fundamentals. Baseball is so much like life."

While father and son bonded on the baseball diamond, his Dad's record collection – where artists like Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings shared space with the Beach Boys and the Beatles – provided a constant soundtrack to Watson's life."My dad has an incredible record collection, and I got a lot of different flavors," Watson says. "I guess you can say that he brainwashed me. He surely had a heavy influence on the kind of music I was listening to, but when we were at church on Sunday morning it was Mom always encouraging me to get out the songbook and sing."

Watson didn't heed his mom's advice until college, when an injury ended his baseball dreams. Actually, the seeds of his future life had been planted a couple of years earlier when, through a friend, Watson scored front-of-the-house seats for one of Garth Brooks' legendary sold out shows at Texas Stadium.

"Those four nights in Irving were the shows where Garth solidified that he was the man," Watson says. "That was a heck of a show for me to see right off the bat. In fact, the guy who promoted those shows, Glen Smith, is promoting shows for me now."That event, and a subsequent Clay Walker concert, had a profound effect on the former ballplayer. These days, onstage and in the studio, Watson deftly combines Walker's easy way with a song with Brooks' live intensity (not to mention his business acumen).

Attending Abilene Christian University, Watson enrolled in a beginner guitar class. His teacher, Dan Mitchell, would have a major influence on the young singer/songwriter and was the first of many mentors to "appear" in Watson's life."I walk into this classroom and it's just me and this old man," Watson recalls. "If there ever was a guitar player who could play like Chet Atkins, it's Dan Mitchell. We just bonded and became good friends. All the students love him at ACU, and I give him a lot of credit."

Armed with the fundamentals, Watson was experimenting with songwriting when another teacher appeared, this time at a local coffee shop.  "I'm sitting there and this guy walks in with these blue ostrich boots on, and it was Larry Gatlin," Watson says. "Meeting him was a big moment that got me going in the right direction." The outgoing Watson struck up a conversation with the country star and was offered backstage passes for Gatlin's performance that night. After the show, the pair discussed songwriting and struck up a friendship. "He would talk about being descriptive and painting a picture in somebody's mind in two and a half minutes," Watson says. "I listened to everything he said and it really made a big difference. Some people believe in coincidence, but when you look at all the doors that have opened for me, this is not a coincidence."

Watson put his first band together and was playing gigs on campus and around the region when he came to the attention of Dr. Neal Lowry, a local physician and part-time songwriter. Lowry became Watson's co-writer and an important force in the singer's growing career, financing his debut release, helping to keep his show on the road, and even assisting in the birth of Watson's two sons.

With two albums and a few years of hard touring under his belt, Watson released his third album, Shut Up & Dance. After a slow start, the third single from the album, "Off the Record," took off at Texas radio. Watson and band soon moved from cramped van to roomy tour bus and started playing for sellout crowds all over the southwest. For his next release, 2004's The Honky Tonk Kid, Watson hooked up with veteran producer and Asleep at the Wheel leader Ray Benson. That album spawned another hit single, "Reckless," and Watson followed up quickly with the 2005 concert recording, Live at the Texas Hall of Fame. His next release, San Angelo, also produced by Benson, debuted at No. 60 on the Billboard chart and continued Watson's career momentum and impressive album sales.

"In the beginning we were worked hard to try to land that big record deal," Watson says. "Now I'm selling enough records and tickets that it would have to be one heck of a deal for me to even take a look at it. I'm a businessman and a family man, and I'd much rather have money over fame. I figure that if we keep doing it my way, working hard, taking care of our fans and treating them like friends and family, that the fame will come along. Instead of taking an elevator that shoots straight to the top, we're taking the stairs."

While the record business desperately tries to fix its own elevator, you'll find Aaron Watson out there somewhere between the road and a rodeo – with an expanded touring schedule that includes stops in Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Arizona, Missouri, Nevada, California, Illinois, Oklahoma and New Mexico – doing what he does best, playing timeless country music, selling thousands of records and truckloads of merchandise, and shaking the hands of those friends and fans night after night.

"The good Lord's really blessed me," he says. "From my management to my booking to the 10 phenomenal guys I've got out on the road, it's crazy how the pieces have just fallen together. It's been a neat experience."

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