Aaron Watson will lend a hand to some fellow Texans in need with his upcoming new album, Aaron Watson Live at the World’s Biggest Rodeo Show, which is set for release Aug. 24 and marks the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey’s landfall on the south Texas coast (Aug. 25, 2017).
The Category 4 storm caused $125 billion in damage and impacted 13 million people in 41 Texas counties, and $1.41 from each album sold will benefit the Rebuild Texas Fund, in recognition of the widespread devastation across the Lone Star state.
Recorded live in front of 65,000 fans on opening night of the 2017 Rodeo Houston, the album, his 14th, is particularly poignant to the Texas born-and-bred singer/songwriter. It includes 13 songs from Watson’s 18-year career, including the acoustic bonus track, “Higher Ground,” which he wrote as Hurricane Harvey was devastating his home state of Texas.
“We had planned on releasing this album in the second half of 2017, but after the storm it just didn’t feel right,” says Watson. “I’ve always wanted my music to do good in the world and it became clear that there was a real opportunity to hold onto this project and release it on the one year anniversary of the hurricane. So much of my home state of Texas was affected. Hopefully by bringing the recovery efforts back to the forefront, it will remind people that there is still so much work left to do. I’m also extremely proud to partner with the Rebuild Texas Fund, which makes sure every dollar goes back into the local communities, and help them raise money by donating a portion of the live album sales.”
Watson will play a special Houston-area show with Gary Allan on Aug. 24 at the Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land).
Aaron Watson Live at the World’s Biggest Rodeo Show Track List:
“These Old Boots Have Roots” (Aaron Watson)
“Freight Train” (Aaron Watson, Troy Olsen, Tim Nichols)
“Real Good Time” (Aaron Watson)
“Raise Your Bottle” (Aaron Watson)
“That’s Why God Loves Cowboys” (Aaron Watson, Troy Olsen, Sarah Buxton)
“That Look” (Aaron Watson)
“Outta Style” (Aaron Watson)
“Bluebonnets” (Julia’s Song) (Aaron Watson)
“They Don’t Make Em Like They Use To” (Aaron Watson)
“Fence Post” (Aaron Watson)
“Wildfire” (John Mayer)
“Getaway Truck” (Aaron Watson)
“July in Cheyenne” (Song for Lane’s Momma) (Aaron Watson)
“Higher Ground” (Acoustic Bonus Track) (Aaron Watson)
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