Aaron Kothmann

Aaron Kothmann

 Menard, Texas, USA
BandCountrySinger/Songwriter

A great dance and show band with an edge.

Biography

Growing up in the Texas Hill Country gave Aaron the opportunity to develop a love and help spur his interest for music at an early age. The surrounding dancehalls were the setting for the majority of his Saturday nights even before being old enough to buy his way in. Having a father (Benny Fred) and many other close relatives who played music all over Texas sparked his interest in the life of a musician. Every chance Aaron got he would tag along with his father to whatever gig he was playing. Not knowing it at the time, Aaron was very fortunate to be able to travel with these bands. The most predominant of these were a couple years of watching Johnny Bush and the Bandoleros. Aaron was lucky enough to grow up surrounded by music from the very beginning.

Although he grew up on western swing, Aarons influences range a long way from just Bob Wills and Johnny Bush. In the true fashion of any rebellious teenager Aaron did a four-year stint as the drummer in a heavy metal/blues band. The band played everything from Metallica to Stevie Ray Vaughn. His writing and live performances bear the obvious influences of blues music. After high school Aaron was hired out to numerous country bands filling in for a night or two as a drummer. The musicians he played with during this time had been playing professionally longer than he had been alive. Watching his father and other seasoned musicians gave Aaron an insight and education that would benefit him for the rest of his career.

Aarons songs stem from his personal experiences more than anything. In keeping with the majority of country songwriters the trials of his life provide the inspiration for his music. Good and bad times alike, he draws from his heart to write a good song.

In the summer of 2007 Aaron left for Nashville with the hopes not so much of performing but for writing. After just a few months in Tennessee, Aaron realized that was not where he belonged. He took what he learned from his experiences in Music City and headed back to Texas with more determination and motivation than ever to really push his music career.

Over the past nine years Aaron has moved all over the State of Texas working wherever he could but all the while playing music. For the majority of this time music was more than a hobby but never as a main income. It wasnt until a couple of years ago that Aaron decided to make a professional career out of music. Aaron has been hitting the music scene hard in Central Texas, writing, pitching songs, and playing any and everywhere he can. With the help of a few new friends Aaron has broken into the acoustic music scene in College Station and surrounding areas with no plans of stopping there. At the beginning all Aaron wanted to do was make a decent living just playing music, but once this was a possibility it was no longer enough. Growing support and belief in Aaron and his music gave him the confidence to take the next step. Aaron is now concentrating on the start of his first album.

As long as Im playing music Im having a good time and that is what it is all about for me but watching other people enjoying themselves is even better. The biggest thrill for me is looking out into the crowd and seeing someone singing to a song I wrote, whether it is one of my best friends or someone Ive never met before. It makes all the late nights playing to an empty room knowing that I have to be back at work the next morning worthwhile.

The goals I have are not as much for me as they are my music. Sure I would love to walk out onto the stage and hear the crowd cheering but I want it to be for the songs Im singing and not just for the person standing behind the microphone. Ive done my job if I can make you get out of your chair and out on the dance floor having a great time. Like an old friend of mine once told me, It doesnt matter what else happens youve always got music.




Discography

This is Texas Callin'

I Can't Take Me Anywhere

Set List

*Original Music
Best Years of My Life
Almost Mexico
Don't Forget My Heart
Except With You
Just Beyond That Door
Leaving
Long Night Alone
Somewhere in Texas
Waiting on What use to Be
This is Texas Calling
Can't Even Get Even
As Good As it Gets
Louisiana Whiskey
I Can't Take Me Anywhere
*Covers
7 Nights in Erie
Alabama
All These Years
Always the Love Songs
Amarillo by Morning
Backroads
Big City
Big City Stripper
Blow up Plastic Doll
Boys from Oklahoma
Break My Heart Tonight
By Myself a Chance
Can't Break it to My Heart
Carney Man
Chicken Fried
Comal County Blue
Constantly
Corpus Christy Bay
Crazy Girl
The Cowboy Rides Away
Don't Touch my Willie
18 and Blonde
Empty Glass
Everclear
Everything That Giltters
Feet Don't Touch the Ground
Fire and Rain
Folsom Prison Blues
Freeze Frame Time
Green Snakes
Having Fun All Wrong
Hello Del Rio Texas
Hill Country
How I Got to Memphis
I do
I Don't Want you to Go (but I need you to leave)
I got the Gun