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Single Review: Aaron Watson – ‘Bluebonnets (Julia’s Song)’

500x500The message behind Aaron Watson’s latest single release is that everyone should take time to live in and enjoy the moment, because life is short we never know when it might unexpectedly end. It’s a tried-and-true theme in country music, but it is especially poignant here when one takes into account that “Bluebonnets” was inspired by the loss of Watson’s daughter Julia, who died in infancy in 2011.

The first verse is a nostalgic look back at Watson’s childhood memories of his grandparents and reminds me somewhat of the opening lines of Andy Griggs’ “If Heaven” — a bittersweet look back at a happier and more carefree time. The chorus uses the imagery of now-faded bluebonnets in the spring to convey the message that Watson’s grandparents are now deceased. It is the second verse, however, that packs the big emotional punch. This is the verse that deals with Julia’s death — Watson “kisses his angel girl goodbye” but expresses faith and hope of one day being reunited with her. That he is able to get his message across without becoming maudlin is a testament to his skill as a songwriter.

The track, like the album from whence it came, was produced by Keith Stegall. It’s considered Texas country, despite the use of a Nashville producer and some well-known Nashville musicians, including the great Paul Franklin on pedal steel. There is absolutely nothing about it that would not have been considered solidly mainstream just a few years ago before the “Bro Show” got underway. The production is restraint, tasteful and traditional. Like the previous singles from The Underdog, this one is unlikely to chart but traditional country fans who seek it out are bound to enjoy it.

Grade: A

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2 responses to “Single Review: Aaron Watson – ‘Bluebonnets (Julia’s Song)’

  1. southtexaspistolero April 14, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    One of my favorite songs from this album, despite (and because of) the fact that it hits close to home. I had an old man who was my best friend, and an angel girl too.

    And I miss ’em both, every single day.

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