• The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • Gene Watson: 'Real Country Music' (Fourteen Carat Music, 2016)

  • Gene Watson: 'Back in the Fire & At Last' (Morello Records, 2016) / this album was officially released on Friday 11 November 2016

  • Gene Watson's Calendar

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • Gene Watson Guitars by Summey

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • Gene Watson at The Opry in Nashville

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

Management


Lytle Management Group
P.O. Box 128228
Nashville, TN 37212
Contact Sarah Brosmer
Telephone 615-770-2688

Bookings



Battle Artist Agency
8887 Horton Highway,
College Grove, TN
Contact Rob Battle
office: 615-368-7433
mobile: 615-957-3444

Webster PR



Webster Public Relations
, PO Box 23015, Nashville, TN 37202

Contact Scott Adkins
Telephone 615-777-6995



Gene Watson's Peers within the country music industry believe in the sheer talent of this unassuming man from east Texas, so much so that Gene is regarded by many of them as 'the singer's singer' - and rightly so!

All of Gene Watson's Peers, who were contacted by The Gene Watson Fan Site, during 2004, were most gracious with their time and words.

It is here, within this special part of The Gene Watson Fan Site, that you have an opportunity to read a quote from Billy Yates, which he submitted to this site on Thursday 7 October 2004.

Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Billy Yates who has made a special contribution to a unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.



Billy Yates
This quote was submitted on Thursday 7 October 2004.

'While country music seems to be ever changing more toward a pop sound, you can count on Gene Watson to keep it honest and real.  He's never strayed!

Gene Watson is one of the few consistent artists in country music today!  He's my hero!'

Thank you, Billy Yates, for your support of Gene Watson.

About Billy Yates...



Billy Yates was born in Doniphan, Missouri where he was raised on a small farm five miles outside the town, which is located near the Arkansas line.  Both of Billy Yates' parents came from musical backgrounds and Billy received an early initiation into performing live during a regular Sunday morning broadcast on radio station KDFN-AM in Doniphan.

Country music was all Billy Yates ever knew.  He began singing harmonies while digging through his parents' record collection, which was extensive and which included records from Jim Reeves (Monday 20 August 1923 - Friday 31 July 1964), Ernest Tubb (Monday 9 February 1914 - Thursday 6 September 1984), George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013), Mac Wiseman, Buck Owens (Monday 12 August 1929 - Saturday 25 March 2006), Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016), and The Louvin Brothers (Ira Louvin: Monday 21 April 1924 - Sunday 20 June 1965 and Charlie Louvin: Thursday 7 July 1927 - Wednesday 26 January 2011).

Billy Yates' musical tastes later evolved into listening to country music stylists, including Don Williams and Emmylou Harris.

After his high school graduation, Billy Yates visited the Lake Wappapello Opry in Missouri where, following a performance of 'Cryin' My Heart Out Over You', he was hired and started working there the next weekend.  Billy Yates stayed there for three years, during which time he also made a number of trips to Nashville.

Billy Yates later moved to Poplar Bluff, Missouri where he trained as a barber.  He returned to his hometown, where he cut hair for five years in his own shop. Billy also played music at the weekends and worked at the local FM radio station KOEA.

After years of contemplating a move to Nashville, Billy Yates finally arrived in Music City in 1987.  His father's advice about learning a trade was useful; while singing demos and learning the songwriter's craft, he used his barber's license to support himself and his wife Nancy.

Billy Yates landed his first writer's deal with Hori Pro Entertainment Group.

Billy Yates' first cut as a songwriter was 'I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair', which was recorded by George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) and which was named as the Country Music Association (CMA) 'Vocal Event of the Year' in 1993.

Billy Yates also supplied the title cut of George Jones' 'Walls Can Fall' (MCA Records, 1992) in 1992.

George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) went on to record Billy Yates' Grammy nominated song 'Choices'.

Billy Yates has also had his songs recorded by a number of country music artists, including George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans, Gary Allan, Joe Nichols, John Michael Montgomery, Jeff Bates, Chris Young, Tracy Lawrence, Doug Stone, Ricochet, Ricky Van Shelton and David Allan Coe.



George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) recorded Billy Yates' 'I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair', which was co-written with Frank Dycus (Tuesday 5 December 1939 - Friday 23 November 2012) and Kerry Kurt Philips, and included the track on 'Walls Can Fall' (MCA Records, 1992); the track featured guest vocals from Alan Jackson, T. Graham Brown, Pam Tillis, Patty Loveless, Mark Chesnutt, Travis Tritt, Vince GillJoe Diffie, Clint Black and Garth Brooks, and won the Country Music Association (CMA) Award for 'Vocal Event of the Year' in 1992.



George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) recorded Billy Yates' 'Walls Can Fall', which was co-written with Frank Dycus (Tuesday 5 December 1939 - Friday 23 November 2012) and Bruce C. Bouton, and included the track on 'Walls Can Fall' (MCA Records, 1992).

Dude Mowrey recorded Billy Yates' 'Turn For The Worse', which was co-written with Frank Dycus (Tuesday 5 December 1939 - Friday 23 November 2012) and Kerry Kurt Philips, and included the track on 'Dude Mowrey' (Arista Nashville Records, 1993).



Ricky Van Shelton recorded Billy Yates' 'A Bridge I Didn't Burn', which was co-written with Tracy Byrd and Frank Dycus (Tuesday 5 December 1939 - Friday 23 November 2012), and included the track on 'A Bridge I Didn't Burn' (Columbia Nashville Records, 1993).



David Allan Coe recorded Billy Yates' 'a Place Like This' and included the track on 'Standing Too Close to The Flames' (King Records, 1994).



Ricochet recorded Billy Yates' 'From Good to Bad to Worse to Gone', which was co-written with Chris Cummings and Frank Dycus (Tuesday 5 December 1939 - Friday 23 November 2012) and included the track on 'Ricochet' (Columbia Records, 1996).



Kenny Chesney recorded Billy Yates' 'Turn for the Worse', which was co-written with Frank Dycus (Tuesday 5 December 1939 - Friday 23 November 2012) and Kerry Kurt Philips, and included the track on 'Me & You' (BNA Records, 1996).



George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) recorded Billy Yates' 'Honky Tonk Song' (co-written with Frank J. Meyers) and included the track on 'I've Lived to Tell It All' (MCA Records, 1996).



George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) recorded Billy Yates' 'Lone Ranger' (co-written with Gerald Smith and John Northrup) and included the track on 'I've Lived to Tell It All' (MCA Records, 1996).



George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) recorded Billy Yates' 'Hello Heart' (co-written with Melba Montgomery) and included the track on 'I've Lived to Tell It All' (MCA Records, 1996).



Sara Evans recorded Billy Yates' 'If You Ever Want My Lovin' (co-written with Sara Evans and Melba Montgomery) and included the track on 'Three Chords & The Truth' (RCA Nashville Records, 1997).



Sara Evans recorded Billy Yates' 'These Days' (co-written with Sara Evans) and included the track on 'No Place That Far' (RCA Records, 1998).



Gary Allan recorded Billy Yates' 'I've Got a Quarter in My Pocket' (co-written with Jake Kelly) and included the track on 'It Would Be You' (Decca Records, 1999).



George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) recorded Billy Yates' 'Choices' (co-written with Mike Curtis) and included the track on 'Cold Hard Truth' (Asylum Records, 1999); the track reached No.30 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 1999.



Melba Montgomery recorded Billy Yates' 'Hello Heart' (co-written with Melba Montgomery) and included the track on 'This Time Around' (CMC Records, 2000).



Tracy Lawrence recorded Billy Yates' 'God's Green Earth' (co-written with Monty Criswell) and included the track on 'Tracy Lawrence' (Warner Bros. Records, 2001).



Adam Harvey recorded Billy Yates' 'The House That Jack Built' and included the track on 'Workin' Overtime' (Open Road Records, 2001); the track was No.1 on the Australian country music singles chart in 2001.



Doug Stone recorded Billy Yates' 'The Long Way' (co-written with Monty Criswell) and included the track on 'The Long Way' (Audium Records / Koch Records, 2002).

 

Gene Watson recorded Billy Yates' 'Flowers' (co-written with Monty Criswell) and included the track on 'Gene Watson...Sings' (Intersound Records, 2003); Billy Yates recorded the original version of 'Flowers' and included the track on 'Billy Yates' (Almo Sounds Records, 1997).

 

Gene Watson recorded Billy Yates' 'Hold Me' (co-written with Pat Bunch) and included the track on 'Gene Watson...Sings' (Intersound Records, 2003); Billy Yates recorded the original version of 'Hold Me' and included the track on 'Country' (My Own Damn Label, 2003).

George Strait recorded Billy Yates' 'My Infinite Love' (co-written with Annette Grossberg and Byron Hill) and included the track on 'Honkytonkville' (MCA Records, 2003).



Joe Diffie recorded Billy Yates' 'Am I' (co-written with Joe Diffie) and included the track on 'Tougher Than Nails' (Broken Bow Records, 2004).



Joe Nichols recorded Billy Yates' 'If I Ever Get Her Back' (co-written with Billy Lawson) and included the track on 'Revelation' (Universal South Records, 2004).



Irene Kelley recorded Billy Yates' 'I Pray' (co-written with Irene Kelley) and included the track on 'Thunderbird' (Me & My Records, 2004).



Byron Hill recorded Billy Yates' 'Traditions' (co-written with Byron Hill) and included the track on 'Ramblings' (BHP Music, 2004).



Mike Bella recorded Billy Yates' 'What We Don't Have' (co-written with Jerry Salley) and included the track on 'Lost in The Shuffle' (Five Star Entertainment Records, 2005).



Chris Young recorded Billy Yates' 'Flowers' (co-written with Monty Criswell) and included the track on 'Chris Young' (Sony / BMG Records, 2006).



Jeff Bates recorded Billy Yates' 'I Can't Write That' (co-written with Jeff Bates and Kenny Beard) and included the track on 'Leave The Light On' (RCA Nashville Records, 2006).



Tracy Lawrence recorded Billy Yates' 'You're Why God Made Me' (co-written with Wil Nance) and included the track on 'For The Love' (Def Cowboy Music, 2007).



Todd Fritsch recorded Billy Yates' 'No Part Of' (co-written with Wil Nance) and included the track on 'Sawdust' (Diamond Records, 2007).



Aaron Watson recorded Billy Yates' 'That's What I Like about a Country Song' (co-written with Aaron Watson) and included the track on 'Angels & Outlaws' (Big Label Records / Thirty Tigers Records, 2008); the track featured guest vocals from Jack Ingram, Kevin Fowler, Roger Creager and Ray Benson (of Asleep at The Wheel).



The Grascals recorded Billy Yates' 'Choices' (co-written with Mike Curtis) and included the track on 'Keep on Walkin' (Rounder Records, 2008).



Gene Watson recorded Billy Yates' 'We've Got a Pulse' (co-written with Jerry Salley) and included the track on 'A Taste of the Truth' (Shanachie Records, 2009); the track was a duet with Trace Adkins.



Liz Talley recorded Billy Yates' 'What We Don't Have' and included the track on 'More Than Satisfied' (Diamond Music Group, 2009); the track was a duet with Tony Booth.



Daryle Singletary recorded Billy Yates' 'If I Ever Get Her Back' (co-written with Billy Lawson) and included the track on 'Rockin' in The Country' (E1 Music Records, 2009).



Steff Nevers recorded Billy Yates' 'The Alphabet Song' (co-written with Bart Butler) and included the track on 'Closest To My Heart' (AGR Television Records, 2009).



Sammy Kershaw
 recorded Billy Yates' 'I Ain't Fallin' for That' (co-written with Buddy Cannon) and included the track on 'Better Than I Used to Be' (Big Hit Records, 2010).



Gene Watson & Rhonda Vincent recorded Billy Yates' 'Alone Together Tonight' (co-written with Ashley Monroe and Terry Clayton) and included the track on 'Your Money & My Good Looks' (Upper Management Music, 2011).



Rhonda Vincent recorded Billy Yates' 'Only Me' (co-written with Roger Brown) and included the track on (Disc 1 of a 2-CD set) 'Only Me' (Upper Management Music, 2014); the track featured guest vocals from Willie Nelson.



Mark Chesnutt recorded Billy Yates' 'I've Got a Quarter in My Pocket' (co-written with Jake Kelly) and included the track on 'Tradition Lives' ( Records, 2016).

Billy Yates never abandoned his dream of becoming a recording artist in his own right.  Billy Yates' self-titled debut album, 'Billy Yates' (Almo Sounds, 1997), which was released on the Almo Sounds record label to widespread critical acclaim in 1997, included the hit song 'Flowers'.

Following a brief period when he recorded for Columbia Records, Billy Yates left and formed his own label (M.O.D. Record Label) and saw the release of three critically acclaimed albums.

  

The albums, 'If I Could Go Back' (MOD Records, 2001), 'Country' (MOD Records, 2003) and 'Anywhere but Nashville' (MOD Records, 2004), which were released on his own MOD label, all demonstrated Billy Yates' talent as a first rate songwriter and country music traditionalist.

Billy Yates has had the experience of travelling all over the United States performing at various venues, so much so that he also concentrates on bringing his brand of traditional country to venues across Europe.



Photo Credit: Vickie Vaughan

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