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When it comes to writing songs that really connect with listeners, songwriters know that the inspiration for those tunes usually comes from real life. Happy or sad, funny or angry, it’s the humanity of real emotion. An emotion like pride, too, is often one of those inspirational feelings.

Pride is what Amarillo, Texas native Aaron Watson was feeling when he was inspired by his father to write “Raise Your Bottle.”

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“My dad is 100 percent disabled from serving our country during the Vietnam War,” he says. “In my house growing up, it was Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day every day. And that’s why we sing this song because whenever it hits the fan everybody loves the men and women in our military, we all love them then. But, we need to love them all the time… What we don’t see is that they’re protecting us 24/7. So I think it’s important that we let them know how much we love them, how much we appreciate them, not just a couple of days a year, but how about every day.”

So as much as “Raise Your Bottle” is a tribute to his father, it also honors all men and women who have served or are still serving in the military.

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Now you may not be as familiar with Aaron as you are with Luke Bryan, but he’s a history maker in country music. In 2015, his album “The Underdog” became the first project by an independent male artist to debut at No. 1 on the country album chart. “The Underdog” is actually Aaron’s 12th album, so if you dig what he does, you’ve got some catching up to do. And we hear that he’s hard at work on his next project, so catch up fast!

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