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.

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck, Stu Burguiere, and Pat Gray discussed the Trump defense team's arguments in the Senate impeachment trial against President Donald Trump.

"This is different than what the Democrats were doing," Glenn said of the Trump team's impeachment defense. "We know the case of the Democrats, they just kept going over and over and over, for three days, the same stuff. The Republicans, at least on Saturday, did not ... and I thought it was really, really good."

Glenn added, "The president's defense was very compelling."

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Americans are getting crushed by healthcare costs. In 2018 alone, we spent $3.6 trillion on healthcare — that's more than $11,000 per American and nearly a fifth of the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It's on everyone's minds, which is why it has taken center stage in the Democratic party's primary. Of course, the solutions offered by the current crop of presidential candidates would do nothing to help alleviate that enormous spending. In fact, it would only add to it — what with Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All and Joe Biden's proposed ObamaCare expansion.

However, what also deserves attention in discussions about plans that increase the government's role in health care is how religious organizations would be affected. Faith-based hospitals and health care sharing ministries (HCSMs) play an important role in America, often serving as a critical provider and/or facilitator of payments for medical services in many states. If plans like Medicare for All were implemented, these groups would be at risk of going bankrupt or being severely curtailed due to the elimination of choice that comes with these proposals.

Instead of imposing a top-down and expensive health care system overhaul, faith-based providers and groups should be allowed to continue offering a variety of plans that work as high-quality, often cheaper alternatives. And more Americans should consider them.

Instead of imposing a top-down and expensive health care system overhaul, faith-based providers and groups should be allowed to continue offering a variety of plans that work as high-quality, often cheaper alternatives.

As mentioned, one such option is a health care sharing ministry. In this model, individuals contribute money into a pool managed by a religiously or ethically-affiliated organization, and costs for medical treatment are shared by people who adhere to that organization's belief system. Typically, applicants are required to sign a statement of faith in order to be accepted. It's basically like a subscription service: consumers pay a set amount of money into the ministry every month. Then, when they have a medical need or incident, they submit a claim to the ministry. Members whose claims are approved are reimbursed by the ministry from that pool of funds. Note, these ministries don't cover procedures they deem immoral.

Because providers are often getting paid in cash under this model — and typically within 90 days — patients are able to negotiate significant discounts, in some cases slicing procedures' costs to a fraction of the initial price. Insurance companies, by comparison, tend to not pay dollar for dollar on claims, and certainly not in cash. Additionally, insurance companies usually have onerous paperwork requirements, forcing doctors to spend half of their time on electronic health records and desk work. This increase in demand for administrative work is partly responsible for the United States leading the world in administrative costs in healthcare.

There are various types of HCSMs, each offering different benefits depending on what the individual needs — and a lot of savings on monthly plans. Take Christian Healthcare Ministries, for example. It's resulted in enormous savings for its members. Whereas the average healthcare plan can cost about $400 a month on the low end (with high deductibles), CHM plans can run between $78-172 a month for a single person. These kinds of plans are particularly great options for people who are relatively healthy and young, where the need for doctors and prescription drugs is less likely.

HCSMs have seen explosive growth in popularity recently. In 2014, there were only approximately 160,000 members. By 2018, membership ballooned to about 1 million HCSM members around the United States who have shared over $1 billion in medical expenses. But unfortunately, many people still feel locked into the traditional — and expensive — health care insurance model. HCSMs provide a way out, and, depending on their belief system, people should research them and see if there's one that best suit their needs. If more people deviate away from the traditional health care insurance market, insurance companies would be incentivized to adjust their pricing. That won't be possible, of course, if plans like Medicare for All are implemented.

Health care is one of life's biggest expenses, and voters are understandably desperate for a plan that cuts costs without compromising quality of care or access to it. Alternative options to health care insurance such as HCSMs are practical, free-market solutions that saves money. Americans should sift through these options before subscribing to plans that will only break the bank.

James Czerniawski is a Young Voices contributor. Follow him on Twitter @JamesCz19.

Bill O'Reilly: Adam Schiff is in 'wonderland' during the Senate impeachment trial

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Friday, Bill O'Reilly gave his latest take on the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, and explained why he thinks House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is like "Alice in Wonderland."

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to discuss the latest developments in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

According to Cruz, Thursday was a "very consequential day" in the otherwise tedious and redundant impeachment proceedings.

"Yesterday, the House managers effectively threw Joe Biden under the bus," Cruz said. "They doubled down on what they started doing on the first day of arguments, which was making their entire case ... based on the proposition that there was zero evidence to justify investigating Burisma [the Ukrainian natural gas company that paid then-Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, $50,000 a month to sit on the board]."

Cruz went on to explain that every time the Democrats, namely House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), rehash the "zero-evidence" argument, they open the door for Republicans to present the overwhelming evidence that contradicts those claims.

"That proposition, that there's zero evidence to investigate Burisma, is utterly and completely absurd. So, I'm looking forward to Saturday when the president's lawyers will begin presenting his case. Because what the Democrats have done, is they have opened the door to this. And I hope the president's lawyers will stand up and systematically lay out the case," Cruz said.

"They've been arguing that Hunter Biden is completely irrelevant to this case. Well, the House managers have now, through their arguments, made Hunter Biden not only relevant — he was always relevant — but critical now," he continued. "They built the entire case, like a house of cards, on the proposition that there was no reasonable basis to investigate Burisma. And that's just absurd."

The two also discussed Cruz's new podcast, "Verdict with Ted Cruz," which he records with Daily Wire host Michael Knowles each night following the Senate trial.

"Last night's podcast went through systematically ... all of the overwhelming evidence of corruption from Burisma that any president, not only had the authority to investigate, but the responsibility to investigate," Cruz said. "And that, ultimately, is why President Trump is going to be acquitted at the end of this process."

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