Aaron Watson wows with 'Freight Train'

May 2—It was a packed house Saturday night at Greyhound Arena for the Aaron Watson concert. With seats full and the floor filled with dancing, it was a good night for enjoying country music.

The show kicked off at 7 p.m. with Jenna Paulette, who wasn't an artist I was familiar with at the beginning of the night. However, her sound and engaging performance made me know who she was by the end.

Following Paulette on the stage was Roosevelt County's own, Will Banister. His performance was about an hour long, and he was just the right act to get the crowd ready for the headliner, Aaron Watson.

It was the sound of a train that got the crowd hyped up for Watson to take the stage. His band came out before him, and he was electric from the moment he stepped on. One of the first songs he sang, that is personally one of my favorites, was "Freight Train." The song really demonstrates just how fast Watson can sing and is by no means a slow song.

Watson spent the next hour singing some of his most popular songs, like "Getaway Truck," "Run Wild Horses," and "That Look." He sang the entire time and took breaks only to engage the crowd in conversations about his family and everyday life.

The fiddle, guitar and banjo were some of the crowd's favorites. In the last 30 minutes or so, Watson even made his guitarist and banjo player "battle," which then led to a montage of ACDC's "Thunderstruck" and "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," which gave the fiddle player his moment to shine.

Watson made it a point to meet some of the fans there, including myself, at the merchandise table after the show.

I have to admit, at 10:55 at night, I was really debating whether I should stand in the long line or head home.

Well, I'm glad I was one of the many that decided to stay and meet him, even if it was close to 12:30 by the time I made it to the front of the line.

Now, some good music and one signed t-shirt later, I'm happy to say it was a successful concert night at Eastern New Mexico University.

Landry Sena is co-editor of The Eastern New Mexico News. Contact her:

lsena@thenews.email