In 2015 Aaron Watson released The Underdog, his 11th studio album. With it he landed his first Country Billboard No. 1 album, becoming the first solo, independent male artist to do so. This week Watson hopes to repeat the feat when he unleashes Vaquero upon Country Music world

The Honky Tonk Kid, who will kick off The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in March, a first for the Texas native, is certainly poised to have a big follow up when his album is released this Friday (Feb. 24). His current single "Outta Style," has spent the last four weeks at No. 1 in Texas, and realistically, could spend the next three there too.

Vaquero, which means the ‘original cowboy,’ is an intensely reflective and personal set of songs filled with compelling narratives,” says Watson's team. “Throughout, he depicts stories of a rugged people, humble but hardworking, like himself. He puts a playful spin on an insider’s view on the Texan way of life with ‘Amen Amigo’ and delivers life lessons courtesy of an old vaquero with the title track. On the poignant ‘Diamonds & Daughters,’ he opens up his heart for his little girl. ‘Mariano’s Dream’ is a companion piece to ‘Clear Isabel’ and on ‘They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To’ he sings of the longing for the nostalgia of an earlier time. Listeners have come to know Watson’s pragmatic style and authenticity as an artist over the years. With ‘Vaquero,’ he keeps his Texas flare and honest songwriting at the forefront.

Remaining Aaron Watson, 2017 Tour Dates:

Feb. 25 — San Antonio, Texas @ San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo
March 4 — Sonora, Texas @ JL Bar Ranch and Resort
March 7 — Houston, Texas @ Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
March 9 — New York City @ Marlin Room at Webster Hall
March 18 — Grant, Okla. @ Chocktaw Event Center
March 23 — Little Rock, Ark. @ Revolution Music Room
March 24 — Bossier City, La. @ Stage at Silver Star Smokehouse
March 25 — Fort Worth, Texas @ Billy Bob’s Texas
March 30 — Bakersfield, Calif. @ Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace
March 30 — San Bernardino, Calif. @ Brandin’ Iron
April 5 — West Hollywood, Calif. @ Troubadour
April 6 — San Diego, Calif. @ Moonshine Flats
April 7 — Florence, Ariz. @ Country Thunder
April 13 — St. Louis, Mo. @ Delmar Hall
April 14 — Springfield, Mo. @ Shrine Mosque
April 15 — Tulsa, Okla. @ Cain’s Ballroom
April 27 — Baton Rouge, La. @ Varsity Theatre
April 28 — Corpus Christi, Texas @ American Bank Center
May 12 — Tampa, Fla. @ Dallas Bull
June 24 — Manhattan, Kan. @ Country Stampede
Aug. 3 — Prairie du Chien, Wis. @ Country on the River