Aaron Watson - Gunnar & The Grizzly Boys, Delta Rae


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Aaron Watson: As one of Texas’s hottest young touring acts, Aaron Watson has earned his musical stripes the hard way; on the road, traveling thousands of miles to hundreds of honky-tonks across the Southwest and beyond. And for this rising star, the payoff could not have been sweeter than one magical night this past February when he stepped on stage at the legendary Texas Hall of Fame in Bryan, TX, where so many heavyweights had stood before him, to record his latest release. For over 27 years, the Texas Hall of Fame has played host to the likes of Alan Jackson, Chris Ledoux, Gary Allan and many more. Playing before a sell-out crowd of more than 2,000 people, Aaron delivered a scorching performance that marked the culmination of a relentless touring schedule, including more than 500 shows in 11 states over two years. 800 fans were turned away that night as the venue reached capacity, but thankfully, now everyone can share in the excitement of that evening with Aaron Watson’s latest release, Live At The Texas Hall of Fame.

Live At The Texas Hall Of Fame is the follow-up to Aaron’s highly successful 2004 release The Honky Tonk Kid, which was produced by Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel and featured Willie Nelson. “I feel like our live show is the foundation on which my career has been built,” says Aaron. “Since it’s such a big part of what we do, it was natural for the next record to be live.” Fans will definitely get their money’s worth from Live At The Texas Hall Of Fame. The album features 19 songs, including ALL of his hits like “Off The Record” and “Reckless,” as well as new material. “I made this album using the same philosophy that I use for my live shows. I always want to give the fans the most music and best show I can for their money, because more likely than not, they had to work hard for it” says Aaron.

What’s next? Rest assured that an aggressive touring schedule always tops his list. Still, no matter where he travels or how successful he gets, Aaron always stays true to his roots and the values he had when he started out. Born in Amarillo, TX and raised on country music, Aaron’s first musical influence came from singing old gospel hymns at church. Later, inspiration came from Willie, Waylon, Merle, George, and…George. While attending college at Abilene Christian University and playing baseball, Aaron began to hone his vocal and musical skills, earning his chops on the local honky-tonk circuit and developing a strong local following in the process. It was also during that time that he became serious about songwriting, collaborating often with his close friend Neal Lowry.

Aaron has come a long way in a short time. A few years ago, he was traveling to gigs in a rental van with a modest 4-piece band. These days, he owns his own tour bus and shares the stage with 6 ace players in a full-blown band featuring fiddle and steel guitar. His touring base and radio airplay have extended beyond the borders of Texas to include Oklahoma, Louisiana, Wyoming, Tennessee, Kentucky, and North Carolina. With nearly 200 shows this year on the schedule, Aaron Watson is sure to play a date near you soon. If you get a chance to see him in action, it won’t be hard to see why The Honky Tonk Kid is blazing such a hot trail across the country. You’ll also be glad that when you’re left wanting more, you can simply get in your car, turn on your stereo, and pop in a copy of Aaron Watson’s new CD Live At The Texas Hall of Fame.

For more management or interviews, please contact Anthony “Gino” Genaro with Unrest Music Group at (830) 626-8359 or at

For booking, please contact Chad Kudelka with Austin Universal Entertainment at (512) 452-6856 or at

Delta Rae: From a quiet, country house nestled deep within the Durham, North Carolina woods, Delta Rae fuses its inspired 4-part harmonies with a deep Carolina soul. They are Mumford & Sons meets Fleetwood Mac -- a full-throated Alt-Pop band with four lead singers -- delivering crushing harmonies and one of the most electrifying live experiences on the club circuit.

In just under two years, Delta Rae has produced a diverse catalogue of original songs, an independently released EP, and a dynamic live experience that has attracted widespread attention from fans and artists alike. Having headlined shows to sold-out crowds on both coasts and opened for popular artists like Carbon Leaf, Edwin McCain, Hanson, Rooney, and Vienna Teng, Delta Rae is establishing itself as one of the most impressive young bands in America.

The Story

In early 2009, siblings Ian, Eric, and Brittany Holljes, together with long-time friend Liz Hopkins, moved to a country house in the woods of North Carolina to pursue their life-long passions for making music. The complete Delta Rae story, however, begins much earlier. Born and raised in the South, the towheaded Holljes siblings eventually swapped their southern accents for west coast slang when they moved to San Rafael, CA in 1996, following their dad's career as a toy inventor. Before long they met Elizabeth Hopkins, a vibrant brunette with a big voice, who would become a close friend to all three. Ian and Eric were quiet kids – known throughout their high school for their singing, songwriting, and as stars on the lacrosse field. Brittany was an early entertainer and renegade. In defiance of blonde stereotypes, she dropped out of high school as a sophomore and went straight to college, graduating from UC Berkeley at nineteen. Elizabeth was everybody's friend – homecoming queen, singer extraordinaire, and owner of a contagious smile.

After high school, Ian and Eric returned to their Southern roots and went to Duke University. There, they founded Running Lights, a popular campus band, heavily influenced by Coldplay and The Fray. In 2007, after Ian graduated, Eric was approached by and began working with classmate Mike Posner, an up-and-coming singer/producer, with whom he wrote "Cooler Than Me" – a song that went double platinum and became one of 2010's biggest hit singles.

At the same time, Ian worked for one of America's most revered authors, the late Reynolds Price, serving as his caretaker in the author's quiet country home. While there, Ian began writing songs. Works like "Morning Comes", "Darlin If", and "Young and Pretty" were born out of his introspective experience with the legendary writer and cancer-survivor, whose radiation therapy left him in a wheelchair at the age of fifty. Recognizing that these songs needed singers of great emotional depth and power, Ian asked his siblings, and friend, Liz, to join him in North Carolina. With Eric sharing songwriting duties and the girls bringing their characteristic vocal virtuosity, the early Delta Rae was born. In September 2009, the newly-formed quartet had their first rehearsal in the drafty, white house Ian bought with the savings from his work with Reynolds. That same month, they played their first show at Duke University.

Nine months later, the Delta Rae EP was released, and has since sold over 4,000 copies. Soon after, they recruited the talented and respected Raleigh-based rhythm section – Mike McKee on drums and Grant Emerson on bass – and began touring extensively up and down the East Coast.

For all their success and growth in their first two years together, Delta Rae remains a band born of friendship and family. Their music hinges on hope and a deep sense of meaning while their live show reflects the joy, passion, and deep bond they feel for each other, the music they create, and the amazing fans and friends who join them.

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