Originally hailing from rural Oregon, Aaron McDonnell soaked up the traditional country of George Jones, Johnny Cash and Conway Twitty as they wafted in from his grandmother’s house. After touring with a few bands throughout the 2000s, McDonnell embraced those sounds and infused them into his own brand of neo-traditional country. Since going solo, McDonnell put out five EPs between 2013 and 2018, touring consistently and building a fan base behind his sweetly tinged baritone. The past few years saw McDonnell evolve his sound and his look to match, with a new grit that make the songs on his first full-length album, Too Many Saturday Nights—released this February—both familiar and memorably new.
See him live at Still Austin Whiskey on March 18 for Texas Music’s annual Bands to Watch event.