By Laurie Stone
The Office of Student Activities and Organizations at Eastern New Mexico University is bringing what it believes to be a rising star to campus for a concert.
Country music artist Aaron Watson is scheduled for an 8 p.m. Wednesday free concert at the Campus Union Ballroom. Watson’s performance is part of a concert series showcase event which provides three musical events per semester to the campus.
Jeff Blake, program coordinator of SAO, said after researching Aaron Watson, he found him to be more of an entertainer than what he had anticipated.
“He seems to be a rising star which makes having him come to ENMU an opportunity for everyone,” he said.
Born in Amarillo Watson was first musically influenced from old gospel hymns in his church. As his career matured, he was impacted by musical talents such as Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard and George Jones.
According to Aaron Watson’s biography, while attending college at Abilene Christian University, he polished his vocal and guitar skills while writing with his friend Neal Lowry and playing in local honky-tonk bars.
Late in the fall of 2001, Watson and his band, players from the Robert Earl Keen Band, and Lloyd Maines recorded their first album called, “Shut Up and Dance.” The first single released from the album was also called “Shut Up and Dance” which is a slow waltz focusing on the love in a mariage and financial difficulties.
Watson has a new album that previewed in the early spring entitled “The Honky-Tonk Kid.”
On this album Watson collaborated with two well known artists — Willie Nelson on “Honky-Tonk Kid” and with the band Asleep at the Wheel on “Honky-Tonkin Around Texas.”
The SAO will close out the concert series showcase for 2004 on Nov. 4, with Latin rock artist Dina D’Alessandro.