- Sunday, May 31, 2009, 7 p.m.
- Ghost Ranch, 56 7th Street, Steamboat, CO
/ $10 - $15
Steamboat Springs If five people show up to see Texas country singer Aaron Watson play at Ghost Ranch Saloon on Sunday, he's willing to guarantee those five people one of the best shows they've ever seen.
With seven studio and live albums behind his band and two more in the works, Watson has spent the seven years since his debut churning out high-energy shows that are rooted in Lone Star country and put a clean face on touring honky-tonk.
"It's like when you think of honky-tonk, you think of these drinking, cheating songs. And we're not into that kind of stuff," Watson said.
Touring with a backing band that adds fiddle, mandolin and pedal steel to the standard rhythm lineup, Watson said his show in Steamboat Springs will be family and fan friendly. The clean face comes from Watson's religious background, family life and work ethic, he said.
"You play your best when you're on top of your game. ... To put on the best show that you can put on, and we have more energy and more fun because we take it seriously," he said, adding that more than once he's gone to see a band he likes live and has been disappointed by a less-than-on-point performance.
"If you go to see a movie and the movie shuts down in the middle of the show, you'd expect your money back. ... And that's the thing that people should expect of bands," Watson said.
The group's positive, hard-working outlook seems to be working among its fans - "Angels & Outlaws," which came out in April 2008, hit No. 28 on the Billboard country charts in its first week on the market and charted in the top 10 for country sales on iTunes.
Growing up with the music of Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings, Watson said he sometimes reaches back further for his Texas sound, to songs by the likes of Ernest Tubb.
"I was raised on old-school country music, and that's the stuff that we really like, but we kick it in the rear, too," he said.
The band plans to hang out for a while after the show and might do an e-mail list promotion with free CDs, Watson said.