11 Songs, 34 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Gene Watson’s voice is equal parts whiskey and honey, worthy of the best tunes country music has to offer. After nearly 40 years of album-making, he remains on top of his game. His latest release pays tribute to some of Nashville’s finest artists and songwriters as he mixes and matches songs from the past half-century. Watson’s voice is warm and full-bodied, more than equal to the sumptuous melodies of songs like Dottie West’s “Here Comes My Baby Back Again” and Hank Cochran’s “Make the World Go Away.” He’s equally comfortable with the wry sexiness of “Slide off of Your Satin Sheets” (a 1977 Johnny Paycheck hit) and the haunting poignancy of “Long Black Veil” (made famous by Lefty Frizzell and The Band). A master of honky tonk balladry, Watson does especially well with Merle Haggard’s mournful “I Forget You Every Day.” “Hello Trouble” (a Buck Owens signature tune) wraps up the album on an upbeat note. Producer Dick Johnson goes for a classic country sound throughout, keeping Watson’s vocals in the spotlight amid bluesy piano lines and keening pedal steel guitar work.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Gene Watson’s voice is equal parts whiskey and honey, worthy of the best tunes country music has to offer. After nearly 40 years of album-making, he remains on top of his game. His latest release pays tribute to some of Nashville’s finest artists and songwriters as he mixes and matches songs from the past half-century. Watson’s voice is warm and full-bodied, more than equal to the sumptuous melodies of songs like Dottie West’s “Here Comes My Baby Back Again” and Hank Cochran’s “Make the World Go Away.” He’s equally comfortable with the wry sexiness of “Slide off of Your Satin Sheets” (a 1977 Johnny Paycheck hit) and the haunting poignancy of “Long Black Veil” (made famous by Lefty Frizzell and The Band). A master of honky tonk balladry, Watson does especially well with Merle Haggard’s mournful “I Forget You Every Day.” “Hello Trouble” (a Buck Owens signature tune) wraps up the album on an upbeat note. Producer Dick Johnson goes for a classic country sound throughout, keeping Watson’s vocals in the spotlight amid bluesy piano lines and keening pedal steel guitar work.

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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5

15 Ratings

15 Ratings

George by Gene!

Billy38021,

The George Jones cover, Walk Through This World With Me, was incredible!! Not many artist can cover George well, you nailed it! Could listen to an entire album of Jones covers by you! Thx!

C/5 Quarter Horses missouri

C5 Quarter Horses,

One of the truest purest voices in the game! And a vet 2!!!!

My Heros Have Always Been Country

Man with the sound,

FANTASTIC! This is country music at its finest. Thanks Gene Watson. David Paul Nowlin.

About Gene Watson

Though he can sing honky tonk, Gene Watson built a reputation for soulful ballads in the classic country tradition. Born one of seven children in Palestine, Texas, Watson married early and was working as an auto-body man when he began frequenting the clubs in Houston. He recorded for a few small-time regional labels like Wide World and Stoneway during the early '70s. Watson finally had success in 1974, when a steamy single for Resco -- "Love in the Hot Afternoon" -- was picked up for national distribution by Capitol Records, igniting a firestorm of national hits: "Where Love Begins," "Paper Rosie," "Farewell Party," "Should I Come Home (Or Should I Go Crazy)," and "Nothing Sure Looked Good on You." In 1982, shortly after moving to MCA, Watson recorded his only chart-topper, "Fourteen Carat Mind." A parade of Top Ten entries followed during the early '80s, including "Speak Softly (You're Talking to My Heart)" and "You're Out Doing What I'm Here Doing Without." Between 1993 and 1997 Watson released four albums on the independent label Step One: Uncharted Mind, Good Ole Days, Jesus Is All I Need, and A Way to Survive. Four years later From the Heart was issued on RMG Records, followed by the 2005 Koch release Gene Watson...Then & Now. In a Perfect World appeared on Shanachie Records in the summer of 2007. Watson continued his signature brand of traditional country with 2009's A Taste of the Truth, which featured guest spots from Rhonda Vincent, Alison Krauss and Trace Adkins. Watson and Vincent released an all-duets album, Your Money and My Good Looks, on UMM Records in 2011. Watson's classic sides were owned and controlled by the various corporate labels he recorded for over the years, so to mark his 50th anniversary as a recording artist in 2012, Watson released Best of the Best: 25 Greatest Hits on his own Fourteen Carat Music label, faithfully re-recording his hits and making them, in a sense, finally truly his. ~ David Vinopal & Steve Leggett

  • ORIGIN
    Palestine, TX
  • BORN
    October 11, 1943

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