Story and Photos by Sandi Argo
When PWCISD Instructional Aide Jena Kovar took a chance on entering a contest held by radio station 95.9 The Ranch, in which the winning school would get a personal concert by the country music star Aaron Watson, little did she know that the stars had aligned just right. Although Kovar knew that the kids throughout the school (from elementary through high school) had more energy than teachers know what to do with at times, and an outstanding school spirit, she knew that they would be competing against other schools that felt the very same. Chances of winning were about as high as finding Dolly Parton at the Pirate Cove…but winning is exactly what they did! When the announcement was given a few weeks ago, the shock quickly turned to excitement as the kids realized that they would soon be attending a concert by the chart topping artist. In February 2015, Watson made history when he released The Underdog, as the first solo male artist to debut at number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with a self-released and independently distributed and promoted album. The record sold more than 26,000 units in the first week.
With great anticipation the residents of Perrin awaited for the day to arrive, and when it finally did the band was greeted by students, faculty and parents all ready to have a good time! Watson and crew put on a heck of a good show, which lasted over an hour. Singing top hits from his current album “The Underdog” Watson played to a full house. As Watson sang songs like “Wildfire” and “Bluebonnets” the students and others in the crowd hit the floor to dance. From toddlers to “thirty-something” and up there was a festive tone to the day.
After the concert Watson stopped for a meet and greet. In old school style, Watson not only patiently posed for photos and autographs, he pushed it even further in that he stood to visit with students, faculty and parents as they took their turns. It was truly a day that those attending will not soon forget. The day that big country came to small town Perrin.