“It’s not about selling millions of records. It’s about making a positive impact, and my music is my legacy. I want people to listen and know what I was about after I have left this world.” – Aaron Watson
With the release of The Underdog in February 2015, Aaron Watson made country music history by becoming the first ever independent artist to debut an album at #1 on Billboard Country Chart. This achievement was highlighted by the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016 with an installation commemorating this milestone showcasing some of Aaron’s artifacts throughout his career that brought him to this place. Since then he has gone on to take his tour around the world performing headline shows, many sold out, from Boise to Boston/San Diego to Chicago and across the pond in Italy, France, Sweden, and the UK. Press continues to praise his music as well…”a proud country traditionalist” – Rolling Stone, “winning in country music” -NPR, “one of the few real cowboys left in country music” -iTunes, “puts the bite back into traditional country music” -Rolling Stone are a few of the rave reviews his brand of country music has received. In a world where country music at times seems to have lost its identity and roots, Aaron remains firmly committed to staying true to his music and the brand; the epitome of representing Texas, cowboy hats, buckles, and fiddles that have served country music and country music lovers for generations while always staying focused on the core values that have brought his unprecedented success to this point….faith, family, and fans.
Find out more about Aaron at www.aaronwatson.com
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Current Single – “Outta Style”
Tracy Byrd has always been something of a maverick. In an industry where careers are often decided in committee, Byrd has always held fast to his own creative vision and has never been afraid to take the road less traveled. That unbridled spirit again prevails on his newest release, “Different Things.” Not only does Tracy continue to deliver no-holds-barred country music, he does so while embarking on a new business model that is setting the standard for artists in today’s competitive music industry.
Byrd is the first country artist to partner with Artist 2 Market Distribution (A2M), the Handleman Company’s independent distribution arm. A2M will sell and distribute “Different Things” to retail outlets nationwide.
Born and raised in Texas, Terry grew up in Lampasas, a small ranching community about seventy miles northwest of Austin. After receiving a guitar for his 9th birthday from his father it wasn’t long before Terry was playing in local bands and spending summers on the road with his dad, the late Dale McBride, who was a recording artist with several Billboard charted singles in the late 70’s. After high school, Terry traveled and toured as part of his father’s band for three years before moving to Austin. Terry became a sought after bass player in the local music scene and spent the next few years playing with Texas artists Lee Roy Parnell, Bill Carter and the Blame, Jimmy Dale Gilmore, Johnny Duncan, Rosie Flores and a two year stint with Delbert McClinton.
In 1989, Terry traveled to Nashville and the songs he had been writing found their way to MCA President Tony Brown, who would later go on to sign Terry to a recording contract with the label. Terry’s group, McBride & The Ride, recorded four albums for MCA, racking up several top five singles over the next few years, including “Sacred Ground” a #1 Single in 1992. McBride also received two million airplay awards for his writing credits for “Just One Night” and “Going Out of my Mind.” McBride & The Ride received CMA and ACM Nominations for Vocal Group of the Year before eventually disbanding in 1995.
Find out more about Terry at mv2entertainment.com/writers/terry-mcbride