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It is difficult to imagine the world of country music without the vast contribution that Gene Watson has made to it. Between his major label debut on Capitol Records in 1975 and the present day, Gene Watson has excelled with his traditional slant within country music.
Gene Watson is a singer in country music's grand tradition and has the skill to give powerful vocal performances and draw all the emotion from his selected material effortlessly. Gene has remained true to his Texas music roots for the best part of 50 years and is a standard bearer for honest, traditional country music.
Following years of honing his country music craft around Texas, Gene Watson emerged on the American country music scene in July 1975. He immediately earned himself a reputation as one of the best of the new 'real country' singers to emerge on the scene and for adhering to a traditional country sound, characterised by prominent steel guitar and swirling fiddle.
Since 1975, Gene Watson has been an artist who has adhered to, and remained faithful to, a 'hard' traditional country sound. Gene Watson is truly a 'Lone Star Hero', not only within the state boundary of Texas but also around the wider country music world.
The music of Gene Watson is part of the very constitution of country music. It is in Gene Watson's country music recordings that the tradition of heartfelt, genuine country music is preserved for all time.
Gene Watson's 'Beautiful Country' speaks for itself. It is a music of the people, for the people and ultimately by one of the people. His music is part of the very constitution of country music. It is in Gene Watson's recordings that the tradition of heartfelt, country music is preserved for all time.
Gary Gene Watson never intended becoming a professional singer within the country music genre. Apparently, he didn't go searching for music - music found him. For those of us who love traditional country music, we have a lot to be thankful to Gene Watson for.
When you consider the vast catalogue of classic country songs that he has recorded since the early 1960s, his absence from the country music world would have left a gaping hole. Of course, other artists could have recorded these tracks, but not with the same passion, emotion and genuine feeling that Gene Watson has brought to them.
Gene Watson was born Gary Gene Watson in Palestine, Texas on Monday 11 October in 1943; Gene's father was Elbert Watson and his mother was Thelma Lee Watson.
Gene Watson's mother was born Thelma Lee England in Novice, Lamar County, Texas on Monday 9 March 1914 and she passed away in Paris, Lamar County, Texas on Tuesday 3 July 1962.
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