The Story Behind Aaron Watson’s ‘July in Cheyenne’ on the Anniversary of Lane Frost’s Tragic Death
In December '13 Aaron Watson released a poignant single to radio, one that would go on to become a signature song for The Honky Tonk Kid.
"July in Cheyenne" is a wonderful tribute to champion bull rider Lane Frost, and a song any artist would be proud to have as a signature tune. It was on this date, July 30th in 1989, that Lane Frost died in Cheyenne, Wyoming doing what he loved.
From Wikipedia, "at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo, after completing a successful 91-point ride on a Brahma bull named Takin' Care of Business, Frost dismounted and landed in the dirt. The bull turned and hit him in the back with his horn (although he was not gored), breaking several of his ribs. He initially rose to his feet, waving at Tuff Hedeman for help. As he took a couple of steps, he fell to the ground, causing his heart and lungs to be punctured by the broken ribs. He was rushed to Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead."
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So, how did a singer/songwriter from Texas become a part of the Lane Frost legacy some 30 years after his untimely death? Watson told us that it was because of a simple conversation he'd had with Frost's mother.
"Lane was a world champion bull rider, but that wasn't his greatest achievement," Watson told us she'd said to him. "She said his greatest achievement came a year before he died when he asked Jesus Christ to be his savior. She wished they'd put that part in the movie "8 Seconds," and they didn't. But I thought I'm gonna write her a song."
And he did. And just because we can't get enough of this one, here's a great video uploaded seven-years-ago, by our pal Drew Bartlett.