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At a critical time in country music when we "traditional enthusiasts" were craving to hear real country music, our prayers were being answered by the return of some of country's greatest legends. Gene Watson was God's answer to my prayer a very long time ago and still is. Having bought his last CD, "From the Heart" (2003), which also describes the way Gene sings, I felt honored to receive his latest work, "...Sings" to review.

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I have been a fan of Gene's for years and years and own many of his CDs. I can honestly say, there isn't one among them that is of lesser value in choices of songs or the way Gene presents them. I had the great honor of meeting Gene Sept. 27, 1998 at the Golden R.O.P.E. Awards in Nashville. Gene was the sole entertainment for the evening and to his knowledge, that was the only reason he was there. Not so... he wasn't told he was also there as the winner of the R.O.P.E. Lifetime Achievement Award. Humbled, Gene said little as his eyes shone with gratitude. Thanks to my dear friend, Bob Cape (DJ and Video Host in Myrtle Beach) I got to meet Gene. It was then I realized just how shy and quiet a man he really is, yet gallant and very gracious. I have a photo of our  meeting but since my eyes were closed making me look totally cracked, I will spare myself the humiliation of posting that. I did manage to ask him if he would mind if I posted a page about him on my website. He smiled and said that he had no knowledge of the web but granted his permission all the same. For years after that, Gene's name has ranked as one of the highest in MKOC's statistic reports for surfers landing here through search engines... in search of Gene Watson! Needless to say, I'm thrilled now to be posting more about Gene and his music... but not just for the stats, it's for the love of the man and his music.

Gene's career began in his hometown of Paris, TX with his first professional singing gig at the age of 13. At the age of 20, he moved to Houston where he worked on cars during the day, and was a favorite act of the Honky Tonks by night. He recorded for several labels before gaining his first country chart entry with "Bad Water" on the Resco label in 1975. The same year, he moved to Capitol Records and had a US Top 10 country hit with the suggestive "Love In The Hot Afternoon". More Top 10 hits followed, including "Paper Rosie", "One Sided Conversation", "Farewell Party", "Should I Come Home?" and "Nothing Sure Looked Good On You". In 1981, after moving to MCA Records, his recording of "Fourteen Carat Mind" gave him his first US country # 1 hit. He moved to Epic in 1985, gaining a # 5 hit with "Memories To Burn", but changed to Warner Brothers Records in 1988, where he immediately repeated the success with "Don't Waste It On The Blues". In 1987, he recorded "Tempted" with Tammy Wynette, which appears on her "Higher Ground" album. In 1989, Watson enjoyed three chart hits; "Back In The Fire", "The Jukebox Played Along" and "The Great Divide". Gene has had several other albums as he never stopped making music or making his fans happy, yet he still finds time to spend time with his hobby of working on cars in his garage.

His newest work of art, "Gene Watson ,,, Sings" is filled with ten hit-worthy tunes penned by some of the best songwriters in the business (some of which are new names in country music) ... Bill Anderson, Steve Wariner, Sharon Vaughn, Jeff Bates, Billy Yates and many more. Gene still has the golden touch; from ballads like, "Make Sure You Take it All" to the Jamaican/Honky Tonkin', "The Coast of Texas" and even an old standard, "What A Difference A Day Made".  "Sings" can be counted among Gene's other great albums as a monument to country music and it's fans... not to mention the man himself.

Gene not only sings from the heart, he sings to the heart. My favorite songs are always the ballads and/or love songs. Gene Watson is the king of ballads that bring tears to your eyes... his love songs are completely seducing. His honey dripped vocals slide through his lips, softened with unseen tears allowing his voice to flow with refined ease. From sad to seductive to Honky Tonkin', Gene Watson covers the gamut with a grace that few possess and his "14 Carat" voice is comparable to none. Gene Watson and his music will live on in the hearts of others long after we're all gone.

Marlene Slater (Marli)
My Kind of Country
5-28-04

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Because You Believed in Me/Beautiful Country
Be sure to check out one of Gene's earlier CDs... 2 in 1 with 20 songs!
Between his major label debut on Capitol Records in 1975 & the present day, Gene Watson has excelled with his traditional slant on country music and has enjoyed several hit singles on the Country charts. Watson is a singer in country music's grand tradition & has the skill to give powerful vocal performances and draw all the emotion from his selected material effortlessly. In 1976, Watson released his second LP on the Capitol label, Because You Believed In Me, the title track of which was a Top 20 hit single. Beautiful Country, released the following year, included the hit singles 'The Old Man & His Horn', 'I Don't Need A Thing At All', and 'Cowboys Don't Get Lucky All The Time', which was a hit in 1978. This latter song also appeared on the soundtrack of the Sam Peckinpah movie 'Convoy’. The two albums on this CD are drawn from the most commercially successful period of his career and capture Watson in his prime. Both released here on CD for the first time. Hux. 2005.

More of Gene Watson on MKOC!
Gene Watson's Bio
Gene Watson CD Review 2007, "In A Perfect World"

Many thanks to Sean Brady of Ireland for the wonderful web site dedicated to Gene Watson.
Gene Watson, the Unofficial Web Site

 

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