Aaron Watson's 'Vaquero' Hits #1 in Record Sales

Independent country music artist Aaron Watson had a huge week last week.

"Just got a note in from Aaron Watson," Glenn said Monday on radio.

Watson, who visited the studios last week to promote his latest album Vaquero, revealed that he had the number one selling album in America last week. He asked Glenn to relay a special message to his listeners:

Please tell your listeners how grateful I am for their love and support. The hundreds of kind comments that they left me on social media has left me absolutely speechless. Tell them that I love them. ---Aaron Watson

Since chart calculations now include streaming music, Vaquero, despite being the top seller in country music, charted at number two.

"Number two, top country album. Number 10, Billboard top 200. Number one, independent album, all genres. Number one in sales. Number two, digital album," Glenn said.

Overall record sales have dropped 44 percent the past two years for major labels. However, defying the odds and the music industry, Watson's sales have been up 48 percent each year.

Listen to this segment from The Glenn Beck Program:

GLENN: Just got a note in from Aaron Watson. I want to share the numbers with you. Aaron Watson is a country artist.

PAT: We had -- was it last week we had him on?

GLENN: Yep. He said it was a huge week. Record sales over the last two years, overall in the industry were down 44 percent for major labels. Our sales are up year-to-year over 48 percent.

PAT: Good.

JEFFY: Wow.

GLENN: We were the number one selling album in America last week. However, the charts now figure in streaming --

PAT: Oh, no.

GLENN: And because they don't get airplay on streaming --

JEFFY: What!

GLENN: Yeah, they were number two on the charts.

PAT: Oh, my gosh.

JEFFY: Oh, come on.

GLENN: Yeah.

Number two, top country album. Number ten, Billboard top 200. Number one, independent album, all genres.

PAT: But number one also in sales?

GLENN: Number one in sales. Number two, digital album.

PAT: Wow.

JEFFY: I mean...

GLENN: Number seven, top internet album. Number three, albums by strata. I don't know what that is. And catalog sales, number four.

The Underdog, a great CD of theirs, up 532 percent.

So he wrote, and he said, "Please tell your listeners how grateful I am for their love and support. The hundreds of kind comments that they left me on social media has left me absolutely speechless. Tell them that I love them. Also, please tell that Pat -- tell Pat that Vaquero has an even better chance at charting number one this week, so he isn't off the hook yet. Horses and Divorces is going to be recorded, and all the proceeds will go to charity."

PAT: That's great.

GLENN: It's going to be awesome.

STU: Did you approve that part?

JEFFY: I don't remember the whole charity part --

PAT: No, I didn't sign off on that.

GLENN: I think he's actually working on a song called Horses and Divorces. I have a feeling --

PAT: He said that will be the name of our song, Horses and Divorces, which is great.

GLENN: Right. You need to say to him, who are you?

PAT: Who are you to tell me -- to dictate to me what song I will write?

GLENN: Right.

JEFFY: He's already dictating charity.

GLENN: Right.

PAT: Wow.

GLENN: If he would have listened to you, he would have been number one on all the charts.

PAT: There's no question about it. No question.

STU: Well, it's easy for Aaron Watson, with his number one CDs to tell you, hey, we're going to donate it all to charity. But, I mean, Pat -- Pat has got --

GLENN: He's a struggling artist.

STU: He's trying to make it.

GLENN: This is his first hit.

PAT: With six mouths to feed.

GLENN: Right. Well, none of them are in the house.

PAT: Well, one of them is still in the house.

JEFFY: Want to bet? Want to bet?

PAT: And more coming back.

STU: All the time.

GLENN: And they're coming back with more.

PAT: And they're coming back with more. So...

GLENN: It's not right. That is not right.

PAT: Yeah. Yeah, so that's good.

GLENN: So congratulations, Aaron Watson.

JEFFY: Yeah. We got that.

PAT: Yeah, that's really great that he's -- I mean, that's pretty spectacular for an independent artist who has no record company. If you don't understand what the big deal the record company is, they're the ones that call the radio stations and make sure you put the record on.

They're the ones who distribute this to the record stores so that the record stores display it and sell it. I mean, it's hugely important. For him to be doing this on his own, it's unbelievable. It's really unbelievable.

GLENN: He is the ultimate disrupter in music right now.

PAT: Definitely.

GLENN: And I absolutely love it. And he's one of the kindest guys.

PAT: Good guy.

GLENN: He's Michael Buble of country music.

PAT: Yeah, he's a good guy.

GLENN: Really good guy. Really good guy. Vaquero is the name of the CD. If you like country music, you're going to love this. And Pat hates country music, and he really likes it.

PAT: And I like it. Yeah.

GLENN: Vaquero on the charts now.

Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

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Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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