If you have followed along here for any period of time, you have probably noticed my dislike for mainstream country radio. All (or most I should say) artists sound the same on the radio these days. The men of country music or "bro country" as it's called, sure don't do it like Willie, Waylon, or Johnny used to, that's for sure! It is hard to find a song on the radio that tells a story outside of chicks on a tailgate in shorts drinking beer. Sad.
That is why many years ago I started listening to Texas Country, (also referred to as red dirt music). I was instantly hooked! They all have such a unique voice and most of them write their own music. That is definitely a rarity in mainstream country music anymore. One of my favorite artists is the extremely talented Aaron Watson. He is a man that definitely sticks to his roots and beliefs and you can hear it in his music. If you follow him for even a short period of time, you can tell instantly that his faith and his family are most important to him.
A couple weeks ago Aaron's latest album The Underdog debuted. To everyone, except his fans, surprise it quickly rose to the top of the country music charts. Like the charts that Jason Aldean and that boy band Florida Georgia Line are a part of. Their is no better way to describe it than how Rolling Stone put it:
"For the second week in a row, America's top-selling country record isn't a big budget release by Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert or any of the usual suspects. It's Aaron Watson's The Underdog, an independent album released without the help of a traditional record label or a national radio campaign."
His album title and the outcome are so fitting. The Underdog. It got me thinking a lot about the Ag industry and how their is a crazy correlation between the two. Many times I feel like Ag is the underdog even though our time and effort is spent trying to feed the millions and billions of people around this world.......irony? We have so many groups and activists that want to shut us down or end our practices, but we keep trudging along with our heads high because we love what we do and understand the importance.
What do you feel like the underdog in but your passion just won't let you give up? Aaron Watson is the perfect example of why you should never give up and keep following your goals and dreams. You have got to check out this album and take a listen. You won't be disappointed!