Last year was a monumental year for Aaron Watson, and next week The Honky Tonk Kid comes to Longview to headline the Great Balloon Race.

It was early 2015, when Watson's independently released album, The Underdog, shocked the country establishment debuting at No. 1. Doing so, he became the only solo male country artist to self-release and independently distribute a No. 1 album on the Billboard Country Albums chart.

Since the release, Watson, already a huge draw in Texas, has seen his draw increase even more. From Texas to South Dakota country-music-lovers are showing up in droves to see the Abilene native.

Also, 90's hit-makers, Restless Heart, will be headlining Friday night (July 22), with Watson taking main event slot Saturday (July 23). Two nights of balloon races, and great live music. RSVP to the concert here.

Check out Aaron Watson's just added exhibit in the Country Music Hall of Fame.