Randy’s Song Review: Freight Train by Aaron Watson
Aaron Watson is a country singer/songwriter raised in Amarillo (“you cant get any more country than that” says Aaron) but now living in Abilene. It was at Abilene Christian University that he began songwriting, and was soon selling records from his backpack. Through the old-school method of hard touring he has built up his career, with Jesus on his side, and has now released twelve albums, sold 150,000 copies, and had seven Number 1’s on the Texas Music Chart.
This song, Freight Train, is taken from his latest album The Underdog. It’s an upbeat country-rock track that begins with an instantly catchy guitar and banjo intro, the music creating the rolling rhythm of a train in motion. After singing the chorus over this pulsing beat, the drums enter fully with the line “On a wing and a prayer and a glorified greyhound bus…”. Aaron grabs the listener immediately with an authentic country voice and a captivating, powerful delivery.
Lyrically, it’s clearly an ode to a touring musician’s life on the road and the hectic lifestyle it entails. There is a melancholy middle section where he describes missing his wife (“You’re sound asleep while I’m on this stage…..“) and this acts as a nice contrast to the good-time mood of the rest of the song. I enjoyed the understated guitar solo, and the use of steel guitar to mimic the sound of a train towards the end was an inventive, classy touch.
Overall, this is a fun and immensely infectious country song that would get even the most indifferent listener tapping their feet and singing along. After twelve albums, Aaron Watson has become a master of his craft and, with flawless production, radio will be sure to love this one. Having amassed a huge fanbase already, this song should become a firm favorite with existing fans and earn him some new ones too. This freight train will be rolling for quite some time to come!