Aaron Watson Poised to Hit #1 With New 'Vaquero' Album

You might not know who Aaron Watson is yet but you can be sure the major record labels have him on their radar. The country musicians has been burning up the country charts and has hit number one and is within striking distance of nabbing the top overall spot - all without a label.

The independent musician joined The Glenn Beck Program Thursday and his excitement couldn't be contained on the final day to push his album to number one.

"I don't know. I'm telling you right now, it's the ninth inning. There's two outs. Our album, Vaquero, just to kind of get you up-to-date, it's currently number two on all genres on iTunes. It's number one on country," Watson said.

He may be lacking a major label but he's got something even better on his side.

"And what we have on our side is, first of all, we don't have a major record label. But we have an awesome God. And all things are possible through God. He's blessed us with the best fans in the world."

Listen to this segment from The Glenn Beck Program:

GLENN: Aaron Watson is on the phone. Are you going to be a cutting a song with Pat, Aaron?

AARON: Absolutely. First of all, good morning, boys. It's good to hear from you.

GLENN: Thank you, sir.

AARON: And Pat is one of my new best friends.

PAT: Uh-huh.

AARON: And I know from listening to y'all throughout the past that Pat used to not like country music.

PAT: Uh-huh.

AARON: But I found a little chink in his armor, a little soft spot in his heart last week, and I think I may have made an impact on Pat.

PAT: You definitely did, Aaron.

GLENN: If you could have some sort of a guitar rift, like -- that sounded like Boston in all of your songs, he would --

PAT: That would be great.

GLENN: He would love it.

PAT: So are you going to be number one this week? Is it going to happen?

AARON: I don't know. I'm telling you right now, it's the ninth inning. There's two outs. Our album, Vaquero, just to kind of get you up-to-date, it's currently number two on all genres on iTunes. It's number one on country.

PAT: Nice.

AARON: You guys made a huge. We had a big hiccup when it came to our distribution. You know, we're not a major label. We don't have a major record label, so we don't get the perks and distribution. But, you know what, today is a big day. I mean, everybody knows today is Texas Independence Day. And what we have on our side is, first of all, we don't have a major record label. But we have an awesome God. And all things are possible through God. He's blessed us with the best fans in the world.

And what we've got in honor of Texas Independence Day, we have an entire nation that's filled with people that have a Texas-like swagger, spirit, and attitude. And they believe that this country was built on the freedom to dream big dreams. And right now, there are major -- there are bigwigs at major labels right now scratching their head wondering how some small town businessman that had the band named Aaron Watson is outselling the major label pop acts that they're pumping major bucks into. And, man, we give God all the glory. And I wish I was there to hug you guys right now.

GLENN: Well, we could probably live without that.

PAT: Yeah.

(chuckling)

GLENN: But I tell you, Aaron, when are you performing at the -- when is the Houston rodeo? Is that next week?

AARON: So the Houston rodeo is on Tuesday, March the 7th. We're actually recording a live CD, DVD. There's still some tickets left. You can get them online. But, man, it's just been an incredible week, boys. I'm telling you right now.

GLENN: It's Tuesday, we should go. We should go. What time is that? We should go.

AARON: I think we kick off around 8:00-ish.

GLENN: Oh, that's way past -- that's like four hours past our bedtime.

PAT: We probably would have to stay the night and do the show in Houston.

GLENN: Yeah.

AARON: Hey, I will get y'all -- hey, I'll have a tour bus take y'all back home.

(laughter)

GLENN: We might take you up on that.

PAT: Yeah. It would be fun.

GLENN: We might go.

AARON: You know, I have to thank y'all. We have been -- I have not had -- we've not been doing anything other than this week than pounding the pavement. We've been selling CDs out of the bus. And I've had -- the most exciting thing for me is I've had people come up to me who, before you guys started talking about the record this week, they had never heard of me. And now they're downloading my entire back catalog. And they've -- overnight. And you guys as listeners -- my music and your listeners go together like peanut butter and jelly. And I'm telling you, right now, this is my battle cry. I mean, I'm on the warpath. I mean, if we -- we want to stick it to the man. I want people around the country -- I want that number one record.

GLENN: All right.

AARON: I want it. Not -- let's get it!

GLENN: Aaron, good talking to you, brother. We'll -- we'll call you back later today. Maybe we'll -- maybe we'll see you down in Houston at the rodeo.

AARON: Hey, Pat, our album that we're going to record is called Divorces and Horses.

JEFFY: Nice! Nice.

PAT: I like it. I like it.

GLENN: All right, brother. Thanks so much.

AARON: God bless, y'all.

PAT: You too.

GLENN: God bless you. Aaron Watson. The reason why we are -- I mean, he's a really good guy.

PAT: Yeah, nobody deserves this more than he does.

GLENN: Yeah. Yeah. But he is a guy who the record company tried to change. He wouldn't do it. He stays out on his own. He listens to his dad's advice that says, "Listen, you might be 40 before you hit it. But if you love it, that's what you'll do." And he spent the last 20 years just working so hard. It is only his fans that have made him this way, not radio, nothing. Just his fans have given him a number one record. The music industry discredited it last time and said, "Well, he had no competition. And that's not possible." If he's number one again with this record, it will be huge.

And today is the last day that it counts for that number one status. And the name of the CD is Vaquero, just download it now. You'll love it. It's really good.

[break]

GLENN: We're just sitting here talking about Aaron Watson again and the record companies and how these gatekeepers like to keep people down.

PAT: And how nobody -- nobody has called him. He had the number one record in the country as an independent artist. And nobody called and said, "Hey, you know what, we can use you."

GLENN: Yeah, I'm not sure he would go.

PAT: I'm not sure either.

GLENN: Nobody would do it. And now there's -- nobody is helping him on his -- on his album. And he's just this underdog that is out swinging against these giants. And I love it. I love it.

PAT: Yeah, it's great. Because you've done the same thing. You've done the same.

GLENN: Yeah, and nobody -- you know, no cable company said, "No, look at what Glenn Beck is doing. We should put him on."

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: No, they didn't do it.

Right. Some tried not to, just out of spite.

GLENN: Yeah, you could make the case -- I don't know if very convincingly, but you could make a case almost collusion with us and Aaron Watson to keep it down.

PAT: Yeah.

Eric Weinstein, managing director of investment firm Thiel Capital and host of "The Portal" podcast, is not a conservative, but he says conservative and center-right-affiliated media are the only ones who will still allow oppositional voices.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Eric told Glenn that the center-left media, which "controls the official version of events for the country," once welcomed him, but that all changed about eight years ago when they started avoiding any kind of criticism by branding those who disagree with them as "alt-right, far-right, neo-Nazi, etc.," even if they are coming from the left side of the aisle. But their efforts to discredit critical opinions don't stop there. According to Eric, there is a strategy being employed to destroy our national culture and make sure Americans with opposing views do not come together.

"We're trifling with the disillusionment of our national culture. And our national culture is what animates the country. If we lose the culture, the documents will not save us," Eric said. "I have a very strongly strategic perspective, which is that you save things up for an emergency. Well, we're there now."

In the clip below, Eric explains why, after many requests over the last few years, he finally agreed to this podcast.

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Glenn Beck: Why MLK's pledge of NONVIOLENCE is the key to saving America

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Listen to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s pledge of nonviolence and really let it sink in: "Remember always that the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation — not victory."

On the radio program, Glenn Beck shared King's "ten commandments" of nonviolence and the meaning behind the powerful words you may never have noticed before.

"People will say nonviolent resistance is a method of cowards. It is not. It takes more courage to stand there when people are threatening you," Glenn said. "You're not necessarily the one who is going to win. You may lose. But you are standing up with courage for the ideas that you espouse. And the minute you engage in the kind of activity that the other side is engaging in, you discredit the movement. You discredit everything we believe in."

Take MLK's words to heart, America. We must stand with courage, nonviolently, with love for all, and strive for peace and rule of law, not "winning."

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Conservatives are between a rock and a hard place with Section 230 and Big Tech censorship. We don't want more government regulation, but have we moved beyond the ability of Section 230 reforms to rein in Big Tech's rising power?

Rachel Bovard, Conservative Partnership Institute's senior director of policy, joined the Glenn Beck radio program to give her thoughts and propose a possibly bipartisan alternative: enforcing our existing antitrust laws.

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Dan Bongino, host of The Dan Bongino Show, is an investor in Parler — the social media platform that actually believes in free speech. Parler was attacked by Big Tech — namely Amazon, Apple, and Google — earlier this week, but Bongino says the company isn't giving up without a fight. In fact, he says, he's willing to go bankrupt over this one.

Dan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he calls a "smear" campaign behind the scenes, and how he believes we can move forward from Big Tech's control.

"You have no idea how bad this was behind the scenes," Dan told Glenn. "I know you're probably thinking ... well, how much worse can the attack on Parler have gotten than three trillion-dollar companies — Amazon, Apple, and Google — all seemingly coordinated to remove your business from the face of the Earth? Well, behind the scenes, it's even worse. I mean, there are smear campaigns, pressure campaigns ... lawyers, bankers, everyone, to get this company ... wiped from the face of the earth. It's incredible."

Dan emphasized that he would not give up without a fight, because what's he's really fighting for is the right to free speech for all Americans, regardless of their political opinions, without fear of being banned, blacklisted, or losing jobs and businesses.

"I will go bankrupt. I will go absolutely destitute before I let this go," he said. "I have had some very scary moments in my life and they put horse blinders on me. I know what matters now. It's not money. It's not houses. It's none of that crap. It's this: the ability to exist in a free country, where you can express your ideas freely."

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