Aaron Watson – “The Road”

Juli Thanki | October 26th, 2009

aaron-watson-the-roadSongwriter: Elliot Park

There are umpteen “road” songs out there, but few are told from the road’s point of view. After all, what’s a slab of asphalt got to say? Turns out the road is full of tough love, telling its travelers “I offer many choices and places you can go/But you must choose/I’m just the road.”

This anthropomorphization comes to you courtesy of Aaron Watson on the lead single from his upcoming 2010 album. Never heard of Aaron Watson? Better start getting used to the name: you might be hearing it for some time. The Texan, who’s experienced quite a bit of regional success and is slowly building a national fanbase, seems poised become the next “overnight” star after spending the past decade in the honky tonk trenches making a name for himself.

The road, a metaphor for life’s long journey, isn’t always a smooth one. As Watson sings, it’s “paved with memories, glory and regrets…lined with broken dreams and cigarettes.” When you die, the road’ll be there to lead you to your final destination. And if that destination happens to be a lifetime stay at Lucifer’s B&B? Well, that ain’t the road’s fault, sinner; chances are you made your fair share of wrong turns along the way.

An infectious chorus and an arrangement that purrs like a fine-tuned engine make “The Road” a great candidate for a driver’s seat singalong, should you for some reason feel like replacing Watson’s Texas twang with your own voice. Religious without being preachy, possessing enough fiddle and pedal steel to please the purists and catchy enough to capture the attention of non-traditionalists, “The Road” can appeal to a wide swath of listeners. Longtime fans of Watson will almost certainly appreciate it, and newcomers might just see what all the fuss is about.

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  1. Jim Malec
    October 26, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    By far, the greatest road song of all time is “The Road” by Tenacious D.

  2. Thomas
    October 26, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    a good country song and a word i hadn’t read before in a country music review (or elsewhere) – what more could i ask for?

  3. Wade Patry
    October 26, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Aaron Watson is the man. How he’s never gotten any national success is beyond me.

  4. Paul W Dennis
    October 26, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    It’s ridiculous that he hasn’t broken thorough before now

  5. Rick
    October 26, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    I find Aaron’s singing voice to be a little too pleasant and non-destinctive (or maybe its his songs I’m thinking of). Some of his songs are enjoyable but I don’t find his style and vocal delivery very compelling. I consider Rodney Hayden’s “12 Ounce World” to be far superior to either of Aaron’s two most recent studio efforts. Even 1100 Springs usually edges out Aaron when I’m in the mood for some modern Texas music…

  6. Jon
    October 26, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    I think it’s the songs – well, this song, at least.

  7. Jeff
    December 23, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    …” enough steel and fiddle to please the purists ” . I happen to be one of those purists that the writer talked about. I like fiddles and I LOVE a good steel picker. There are enough country-pop acts around . So, I think that there’s room for one more traditional country singer

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