Aaron Watson, ‘Getaway Truck’ [Listen]
Aaron Watson’s “Getaway Truck” embraces an almost-forgotten late '90s to early 21st century country sound without sounding old. The updated throwback will scratch a lot of itches if it can find its way to radio.
Unobstructed banjo and fiddle power the arrangement while Watson sings about wanting to be with his love. It's as if he’s got the truck windows rolled down and he’s cruising a dirty highway at 10 MPH over the speed limit.
“They say you never know what you got until it's gone / He's gonna learn the hard way, when he finds you long gone / Gone like the wind in your hair, hands in the air / Singing, so long, good luck,” he sings during each chorus.
“I wanna set your heart free, ride with me / I wanna be your getaway / Heart free, ride with me / I wanna be your getaway truck.”
The arrangement is unconventional in that it begins with the chorus before getting to a lightning quick verse that tells the open-road story.
“Summertime sunshine, cheap sunglasses / My heart sang Southern twang / Sweeter than molasses, like the / Country angel two-stepping in my danceoff dreams / Girl, you got a heart of gold / And you're beautiful in blue jeans,” Watson sings, recalling Garth, Clint or non-ballad Clay Walker.
This new single from The Underdog is one of the more radio-friendly, although very few would sound odd between Tim McGraw and Carrie Underwood. Watson’s polished country sound holds onto a little bit of grit, just enough to separate him from others from the Lone Star State.
Why Fans Will Love It: "Getaway Truck" is a straight-forward country rocker sung with plenty of Texas twang.
Key Lyrics: "I wanna set your heart free, ride with me / I wanna be your getaway / Heart free, ride with me / I wanna be your getaway truck."
Did You Know?: Watson notched his first No. 1 album in 2015, but was had Willie Nelson's respect long before that. Nelson appeared on his 2004 album The Honky Tonk Kid.
Listen to Aaron Watson, “Getaway Truck”
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