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 Buddy Emmons, which he submitted to this site on Thursday 23 September 2004.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Buddy Emmons who has made a special contribution to a unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.
This quote was submitted on Thursday 23 September 2004.
'There are but a handful of vocalists I’ve worked with that bring out the best in me in a recording studio, and Gene Watson is one of them.
To be one of the finest vocalists on the planet and to have the respect of so many musicians, as well as his loyal fans, is something he should be very proud of.
Thanks, Gene, for the wonderful musical moments you have allowed me to share with you'.
Thank you, Buddy Emmons, for your support of Gene Watson.
About Buddy Emmons...
Buddy Emmons has earned a place among Nashville's elite as one of the finest steel guitar players in the business.
Buddy Emmons was born Buddy Gene Emmons in Mishawaka, Indiana on Wednesday 27 January 1937; he became known as Buddy Emmons and first fell in love with the instrument at the age of eleven when he received a 6-string lap steel guitar as a gift from his father, who arranged for lessons at Hawaiian Conservatory of Music in South Bend, Indiana, which Buddy Emmons dutifully attended for about a year.
Buddy Emmons then began figuring out on his own how to play the country music which he heard on the radio.
Buddy Emmons has said that Jerry Byrd and Herb Remington were among his first major musical influences.
By his mid-teens, Buddy Emmons' playing had progressed considerably and his parents bought him a triple-neck Fender 'Stringmaster' steel guitar, and he began performing with local bands in South Bend such as The Choctaw Cowboys.
Bored with high school, Buddy Emmons left when he was sixteen years old and moved with a childhood friend to Calumet City, Illinois where he was soon hired by Stony Calhoun to play in his band.
Webb Pierce (Monday 8 August 1921 - Sunday 24 February 1991)
When he was seventeen years old, Buddy Emmons moved to Detroit to play with Casey Clark.
During his stint with Casey Clark, Buddy Emmons purchased a Bigsby steel guitar with pedals similar to the pedal steel guitar which Bud Isaacs had used on Webb Pierce's 'Slowly' (No.1, 1954); the track was written by Webb Pierce (Monday 8 August 1921 - Sunday 24 February 1991) and Tommy Hill and was the first country music hit to feature a steel guitar.
Little Jimmy Dickens (Sunday 19 December 1920 - Friday 2 January 2015)
In 1955, Little Jimmy Dickens (Sunday 19 December 1920 - Friday 2 January 2015) heard Buddy Emmons playing with Casey Clark and offered him a job with his band so, at the age of eighteen, in July 1955, Buddy Emmons moved to Nashville.
Little Jimmy Dickens' band was then considered one of the hottest bands in country music, with complex arrangements and fast twin guitar harmonies.
Little jimmy Dickens arranged for his band to record several instrumentals on Columbia Records under the name 'The Country Boys'. The first tunes recorded included three of Buddy Emmons' originals, two of which, 'Raising The Dickens' (1956) and 'Buddy's Boogie' (1957), quickly became steel guitar standards.
Little Jimmy Dickens (Sunday 19 December 1920 - Friday 2 January 2015) recorded Buddy Emmons' 'Raisin' The Dickens' (an instrumental track) and included the track on 'Raisin' The Dickens' (Columbia Records, 1957).
Buddy Emmons also appeared with The Country Boys, on a few occasions, on the hallowed stage of The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.
Buddy Emmons also recorded a pair of solo singles for Columbia Records, 'Cold Rolled Steel' in 1956 and 'Silver Bells' in 1957.
In 1956, Little Jimmy Dickens (Sunday 19 December 1920 - Friday 2 January 2015) dissolved his band in order to perform as a solo act.
It was also at this time when Buddy Emmons began undertaking recording sessions in Nashville. One of his first studio sessions resulted in Faron Young's hit version of 'Sweet Dreams', which was written by Don Gibson (Tuesday 3 April 1928 - Monday 17 November 2003) and which was subsequently included on 'This is Faron Young' (Capitol Records, 1958); the track reached No.2 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1956.
In late 1956, Buddy Emmons contributed a major innovation to the evolution of the pedal steel guitar by splitting the function of the two pedals which changed the pitch of several strings from a tonic chord to a sub-dominant chord. This 'split-pedal' setup is now the standard pedal arrangement in the E9 tuning, since it allows greater musical flexibility than the earlier pedal setup pioneered by Bud Isaacs.
Buddy Emmons recalled that he first used this 'split-pedal' innovation on Ernest Tubb's 'Half a Mind (to leave you)' (No.8, 1958), which became a country music classic and was subsequently included on Ernest Tubb's 'Greatest Hits' (Decca Records, 1968).
Ernest Tubb (Monday 9 February 1914 - Thursday 6 September 1984)
By 1957, Buddy Emmons, who by this time was nicknamed 'The Big E' because of both his 6-foot height and musical prowess, had joined Ernest Tubb's Texas Troubadours.
Buddy Emmons' first recording with Ernest Tubb, "Half a Mind (to leave you)", quickly became a hit record, and has since become a classic country standard.
In 1958, Buddy Emmons quit Ernest Tubb's band and moved to California. Eight months later, Buddy Emmons returned to Nashville and rejoined The Texas Troubadours as the lead guitar player for the next five months, at which point he returned to the pedal steel guitar chair in the band.
In the late 1950s, Buddy Emmons also began playing occasionally with Ernest Tubb's Texas Troubadours on 'Midnight Jamboree'.
Ray Price (Tuesday 12 January 1926 - Monday 16 December 2013)
In 1962, Buddy Emmons left Ernest Tubb to join Ray Price (Tuesday 12 January 1926 - Monday 16 December 2013) & The Cherokee Cowboys, replacing his long-time friend, steel-guitarist Jimmy Day (Tuesday 9 January 1934 - Friday 22 January 1999).
Buddy Emmons' first recording with Ray Price, in September 1962, produced the hit song 'You Took Her off My Hands', which was written by Harlan Howard (Thursday 8 September 1927 - Sunday 3 March 2002), Skeets McDonald (Friday 1 October 1915 - Sunday 31 March 1968) and Wynn Stewart (Thursday 7 June 1934 - Wednesday 17 July 1985), and which was included on Ray Price's 'Burning Memories' (Columbia Records, 1965).
On the track 'You Took Her off My Hands', which was written by Harlan Howard (Thursday 8 September 1927 - Sunday 3 March 2002), Skeets McDonald (Friday 1 October 1915 - Sunday 31 March 1968) and Wynn Stewart (Thursday 7 June 1934 - Wednesday 17 July 1985), Buddy Emmons used another of his major steel guitar innovations, that of adding two 'chromatic' strings (F# and D#) to the E9th tuning.
These 'chromatic strings' have since become part of the standard 10-string pedal steel guitar tuning.
Buddy Emmons' playing over the next several years with Ray Price (Tuesday 12 January 1926 - Monday 16 December 2013) set the benchmark for sophisticated and tasteful steel guitar accompaniment on many of Ray Price's hits.
Buddy Emmons' unique moving counterpoint intro on 'Touch My Heart' (No.3, 1966) and his jazz-based bluesy intro and solo on 'Night Life' (No.28, 1963) established Buddy Emmons as one of the most innovative musicians in Nashville. Ray Price soon appointed Buddy Emmons to be his bandleader, and Buddy Emmons created many of the arrangements on Ray Price's recordings over the next several years.
After trying without success to get Shot Jackson interested in his new guitar design ideas, Buddy Emmons left Sho-Bud in 1963 and formed a new guitar manufacturing company, Emmons Guitar Company. The Emmons steel guitar soon became the instrument of choice for many professional steel guitarists, and the early Emmons steel guitars with Emmons' original 'push/pull' pitch-changer design are highly sought-after instruments today, due to their outstanding tone and durability.
Another musical milestone was Buddy Emmons' 'Steel Guitar Jazz' (Mercury Records, 1963), an album which was recorded in New York City in 1963. The first jazz album featuring a steel guitar and recorded with established jazz session-players, Buddy Emmons' 'Steel Guitar Jazz' (Mercury Records, 1963) received praise from Downbeat, the highly respected jazz magazine.
Buddy Emmons' 'Steel Guitar Jazz' (Mercury Records, 1963) included the following tracks:
'Anytime' (written by Herbert 'Happy' Lawson)
'Where or When' (written by Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers)
'(Back Home Again in) Indiana' (written by James F. Hanley and Ballard MacDonald)
'Gravy Waltz' (written by Steve Allen and Ray Brown)
'Oleo' (written by Sonny Rollins)
'The Preacher' (written by Horace Silver)
'Cherokee' (written by Ray Noble)
'Witchcraft' (written by Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh)
'Gonna Build a Mountain' (written by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley)
'There will never be Another You' (written by Irving Gordon and Harry Warren)
Buddy Emmons' 'Steel Guitar Jazz' (Mercury Records, 1963), which was originally released in the United States by Mercury Records in September 1963, was re-issued by Mercury Records in Japan in 1978, by Verve Records in the United States in 2003, and by Euphoria Jazz / Sundazed Music in the United States in 2008.
Willie Nelson recorded Buddy Emmons' 'Are You Sure' (co-written with Buddy Emmons) and included the track on 'Country Willie - His Own Songs' (RCA Victor Records, 1965).
In 1965, Buddy Emmons teamed up with fellow steel player Harold Bradley 'Shot' Jackson (Saturday 4 September 1920 - Thursday 24 January 1991) to record 'The Steel Guitar & Dobro Sounds of Shot Jackson & Buddy Emmons' (Starday Records, 1965).
This led Buddy Emmons and Harold Bradley 'Shot' Jackson (Saturday 4 September 1920 - Thursday 24 January 1991) to create the Sho-Bud Company, which sold an innovative steel guitar that used push-rod pedals.
Buddy Emmons continued to record and tour with Ray Price (Tuesday 12 January 1926 - Monday 16 December 2013) until 1967 and, between tours with Ray Price, did recording session work with many Nashville country music artists, including George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) and Melba Montgomery.
Buddy Emmons left The Cherokee Cowboys largely due to his disenchantment with Ray Price's growing interest in performing pop-style country with string orchestrations.
Roger Miller (Thursday 2 January 1936 - Sunday 25 October 1992)
In 1967, Buddy Emmons' long-time friend, songwriter Roger Miller (Thursday 2 January 1936 - Sunday 25 October 1992), offered him a job in his band in California. Buddy Emmons moved to Los Angeles, playing bass in Roger Miller's band and doing studio work on pedal steel guitar.
Buddy Emmons first recording session in Los Angeles was on Judy Collins' classic 'Someday Soon'. Buddy Emmons soon began recording with a wide range of artists, including The Carpenters, Nancy Sinatra, Gram Parsons (Tuesday 5 November 1946 - Wednesday 19 September 1973), John Sebastian and Ray Charles (Tuesday 23 September 1930 - Thursday 10 June 2004), as well as recording jingles, commercials, and movie soundtracks for Henry Mancini.
Jerry Lee Lewis recorded Buddy Emmons' 'Thirteen at The Table' and included the track on 'Would You Take Another Chance on Me' (Mercury Records, 1971).
In 1973, Buddy Emmons quit Roger Miller's band and signed a solo contract, releasing several albums in the late 1970s.
In 1974, Buddy Emmons returned to Nashville, where he quickly resumed studio work with artists such as Mel Tillis, Donna Fargo, Duane Eddy and Charlie Walker (Tuesday 2 November 1926 - Friday 12 September 2008).
Beginning in 1974, Buddy Emmons became a regularly featured performer at the annual International Steel Guitar Convention in St. Louis, and in 1981, Buddy Emmons was inducted into The Steel Guitar Hall of Fame.
In 1976, Buddy Emmons recorded a highly regarded tribute to the great Western Swing artist Bob Wills (Monday 6 March 1905 - Tuesday 13 May 1975), on which he sang lead vocal and played steel guitar.
Buddy Emmons continued to undertake session work throughout the 1980s and 1990s with artists including John Hartford (Thursday 30 December 1937 - Monday 4 June 2001), George Strait, Gene Watson and Ricky Skaggs.
In 1977, Buddy Emmons teamed up with Danny Gatton (Tuesday 4 September 1945 - Tuesday 4 October 1994) for occasional gigs, and then, in 1978, they toured as the band Redneck Jazz Explosion.
On Saturday 30 December 1978 and Sunday 31 December (New Year's Eve) 1978, Buddy Emmons and Danny Gatton (Tuesday 4 September 1945 - Tuesday 4 October 1994) recorded the album 'Redneck Jazz' live at The Cellar Door in Washington, D.C.
It was also in 1977 when Buddy Emmons played steel guitar and resonator / Dobro on Christian singer Don Francisco's album 'Forgiven' (NewPax Records, 1977), which was recorded at Sound Stage Studio in Nashville and included the following tracks:
'Jesus is Lord of the Way I Feel'
'Step Across The Line'
'I Could Never Promise You'
'I Don't Care Where You've Been Sleeping'
'Don't want to be Late'
'Adam, Where Are You?'
Personnel involved in the recording of Don Francisco's 'Forgiven' (NewPax Records, 1977) included the following:
Joe Osborn (bass)
Larrie Londin (Friday 15 October 1943 - Monday 24 August 1992) (drums)
Buddy Spicher (fiddle)
Steve Gibson (guitar)
Buddy Emmons (Wednesday 27 January 1937 - Wednesday 29 July 2015) (steel guitar)
Shane Keister (keyboards)
In 1977, Lloyd Green, a highly in-demand studio steel guitarist, said of Buddy Emmons:
'He's not an ordinary guy. In my opinion, Buddy Emmons is probably the most intelligent and talented musician who's ever played the instrument. He's like Picasso or Michelangelo. That might be laying it on a little thick, but he's just flawless in his playing. Nobody is the composite player he is.
He was the first modern great steel player and nobody's surpassed him yet. Emmons just, by God, came along and sounded like a 1977 steel player when he came here in 1955'
In May 1980, John Conlee saw the release of 'Friday Night Blues' (MCA Records, 1980), which included three tracks which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:
'Friday Night Blues' (written by Sonny Throckmorton and Rafe VanHoy) (No.2, 1980)
'She Can't Say That Anymore' (written by Sonny Throckmorton) (No.2, 1980)
'What I Had with You' (written by Curley Putman and Sonny Throckmorton) (No.12, 1981)
John Conlee's 'Friday Night Blues' (MCA Records, 1980) also included the following tracks:
'Honky Tonk Toys', which was written by Arthur Leo 'Doodle' Owens (Friday 28 November 1930 - Monday 4 October 1999) and Judy Vowell
'Old Fashioned Love' (written by Don Cook and Jamie O'Hara)
'Misery Loves Company', which was written by Jerry Reed Hubbard (Saturday 20 March 1937 - Sunday 31 August 2008)
'Let's Get Married Again' (written by Rory Bourke, Charlie Black and Jerry Gillespie)
'When I'm Out of You' (written by Sanger D. 'Whitey' Shafer and Sonny Throckmorton)
'We Belong in Love Tonight' (written by Mark Paden)
'Always True' (written by David Loggins)
John Conlee's 'Friday Night Blues' (MCA Records, 1980) reached No.16 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1980.
Personnel involved in the recording of John Conlee's 'Friday Night Blues' (MCA Records, 1980) included the following:
John Propst (piano)
Larrie Londin (Friday 15 October 1943 - Monday 24 August 1992) (drums, percussion)
Steve 'Juke' Logan (saxophone)
Mark Casstevens (guitar)
Brent Rowan (guitar)
Joe Osborn (bass)
Buddy Emmons (Wednesday 27 January 1937 - Wednesday 29 July 2015) (steel guitar)
Lea Jane Berinati, Janie Fricke, Jackie Cusic and Todd Cerney (backing vocals)
Gary Stewart (Sunday 28 May 1944 - Tuesday 16 December 2003) recorded Buddy Emmons' 'Okeechobee Purple' (co-written with Chips Moman) and included the track on 'Cactus & A Rose' (RCA Records, 1980).
Gary Stewart (Sunday 28 May 1944 - Tuesday 16 December 2003) recorded Buddy Emmons' 'Cactus & a Rose' (co-written with Chips Moman) and included the track on 'Cactus & A Rose' (RCA Records, 1980); the track reached No.48 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1980.
Gary Stewart (Sunday 28 May 1944 - Tuesday 16 December 2003) recorded Buddy Emmons' 'Staring Each Other Down' (co-written with Chips Moman) and included the track on 'Cactus & A Rose' (RCA Records, 1980.
Gary Stewart (Sunday 28 May 1944 - Tuesday 16 December 2003) recorded Buddy Emmons' 'We Made it as Lovers (we just couldn't make it as friends)' (co-written with Chips Moman) and included the track on 'Cactus & A Rose' (RCA Records, 1980.
Ricky Skaggs recorded Buddy Emmons' 'Raisin' the Dickens' and included the track on 'Love's Gonna Get Ya!' (Epic Records, 1986).
In 1988, Buddy Emmons and Ray Pennington formed The Swing Shift Band, and began producing a highly regarded series of albums for Step One Records, which included Big Band Swing and Western Swing, along with original country songs.
On Monday 1 August 1988, The Swing Shift Band, with Buddy Emmons & Ray Pennington, saw the release of 'Swing & Other Things' (Step One Records, 1988), which included the following tracks:
'(Turn Me Loose and) Let Me Swing' (written by Ray Pennington)
'Caravan' (written by Duke Ellington, Irving Mills and Juan Tizol)
'Bonaparte's Retreat', which was written by Pee Wee King (Wednesday 18 February 1914 - Tuesday 7 March 2000) and Redd Stewart (Sunday 27 May 1923 - Saturday 2 August 2003)
'Perdido' (written by Ervin Drake, H.J. Lengsfelder and Juan Tizol)
'Midnight Comes & Goes' (written by Mel Holt)
'Fat Boy Rag', which was written by Junior Barnard, L. R. Bernard, Lester Barnard Junior, Barnard Wills and Bob Wills (Monday 6 March 1905 - Tuesday 13 May 1975)
'Blue of a Kind' (written by Mel Holt and Ray Pennington)
'Same Old Me' (written by Paul Overstreet)
'Columbus Stockade Blues', which was written by Jimmie Davis (11 September 1899 - Sunday 5 November 2000) and Eva Sargent
'Blue Eyes' (written by Elton John and Gary Osborne)
'Loose Tights', which was written by Buddy Emmons (Wednesday 27 January 1937 - Wednesday 29 July 2015)
'Sugar Moon', which was written by Cindy Walker (Saturday 20 July 1918 - Thursday 23 March 2006) and Bob Wills (Monday 6 March 1905 - Tuesday 13 May 1975)
'You & Me', which was written by George Richey (Saturday 30 November 1935 - Saturday 31 July 2010) and Billy Sherrill (Thursday 5 November 1936 - Tuesday 4 August 2015)
'Texas with the X Removed' (written by Mel Holt)
'Take the 'A' Train' (written by Billy Strayhorn)
'My Weakness is too Strong', which was written by Thomas Bailey ‘Bunky’ Keels (Thursday 11 January 1934 - Monday 29 November 2004) and Ray Pennington
'Midnight in Old Amarillo' (written by Billy Bowman)
'I'm Getting Nowhere (at getting over you)' (written by Ray Pennington)
'The Memory' (written by Charlotte Pennington and Ray Pennington)
'Moonlight Serenade', which was written by Alton Glenn Miller (Tuesday 1 March 1904 - missing in action: Friday 15 December 1944)) and Mitchell Parish Mitchell Parish (Tuesday 10 July 1900 - Wednesday 31 March 1993)
'The Good Ole Days are Right Now' (written by Ray Pennington)
In 1989, The Swing Shift Band saw the release of 'In The Mood for Swinging with Buddy Emmons & Ray Pennington' (Step One Records, 1989), which included the following tracks:
'In the Mood' (written by Joe Garland and Andy Razaf)
'Careless Hands' (written by Billy Myles)
'Country Club', which was written by Buddy Emmons (Wednesday 27 January 1937 - Wednesday 29 July 2015)
'The Kind of Love I Can't Forget' (written by Jesse Ashlock)
'Don't Worry I'm not Staying very Long', which was written by Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010) and Ray Pennington
'Tuxedo Junction' (written by Julian Dash, Buddy Feyne, Erskine Hawkins and William Johnson)
'Good Ole Country Mood', which was written by Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 - Saturday 17 April 2004)
'A String of Pearls' (written by Eddie DeLange and Jerry Gray)
'My Kind of Girl' (written by Leslie Bricusse)
'When You've Seen One Broken Heart (you've seen them all)' (written by Mel Holt)
'Undecided' (written by Sydney Robin and Charlie Shavers)
'Home in San Antone', which was written by Floyd Jenkins / Fred Rose (24 August 1898 - Wednesday 1 December 1954)
In 1991, Buddy Emmons began touring with The Everly Brothers - Don Everly, and Phil Everly: Thursday 19 January 1939 - Friday 3 January 2014) - an association which continued until about 2001.
In 1998, Buddy Emmons discontinued doing regular session work in order to to tour with The Everly Brothers.
Dean Dillon recorded Buddy Emmons' 'The Umbrella Song' (co-written with Dean Dillon) and included the track on 'Out of Your Ever Lovin' Mind' (Atlantic Records, 1991).
George Strait recorded Buddy Emmons' 'So Much Like My Dad' (co-written with Chips Moman) and included the track on 'Holding My Own' (MCA Records, 1992).
Waylon Jennings (Tuesday 15 June 1937 - Wednesday 13 February 2002) recorded Buddy Emmons' 'Lot of Good' (co-written with Troy Seals and Waylon Jennings) and included the track on 'Too Dumb For New York City' (Epic Records, 1992).
In 1992, Katy Moffatt saw the release of the highly acclaimed 'Dance Me Outside' (Philo Records, 1992), a duets project with her brother, the extraordinarily talented Hugh Moffatt, which included the following tracks:
'It's Been Decided' (written by Michael H. Goldsen and Tom Kell)
'We'll Sweep out the Ashes in the Morning' (written by Joyce Ann Allsup)
'On the Borderline' (written by Hugh Moffatt)
'I Get Lonely for You' (written by Hugh Moffatt)
'I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby' (written by Autry Inman)
'Dance Me Outside' (written by Tom Russell)
'Right over Me' (written by Greg Leisz and Katy Moffatt)
'La Luna' (written by Hugh Moffatt)
'Making New' (written by Hugh Moffatt)
'Walking on the Moon' (written by Katy Moffatt and Tom Russell)
'The Dark End of the Street' (written by Chips Moman and Dan Penn)
Personnel involved in the recording of Hugh Moffatt & Katy Moffatt's 'Dance Me Outside' (Philo Records, 1992) included Buddy Emmons (Wednesday 27 January 1937 - Wednesday 29 July 2015) on steel guitar and dobro, Tim O'Brien on mandolin, Stuart Duncan on fiddle, and Albert Lee on lead guitar on two songs.
Buddy Emmons is one of the steel guitar playing elite within the country music industry in Nashville and has left his indelible steel guitar sound on a number of Gene Watson albums.
Buddy Emmons played steel guitar on a number of Gene Watson albums, including the following:
'Uncharted Mind' (Step One Records, 1993)
'The Good Ole Days' (Step One Records, 1996)
'Jesus is All I Need' (Step One Records, 1997)
'A Way to Survive' (Step One Records, 1997)
Willie Nelson, with special guest Curtis Potter (Thursday 18 April 1940 - Saturday 23 January 2016)), recorded Buddy Emmons' 'Are You Sure' (co-written with Willie Nelson) and included the track on 'Six Hours at Pedernales' (Step One Records, 1994).
Waylon Jennings (Tuesday 15 June 1937 - Wednesday 13 February 2002) recorded Buddy Emmons' 'Most Sensible Thing' (co-written with Troy Seals and Waylon Jennings) and included the track on 'Right For The Time' (Justice Records, 1996).
On Tuesday 22 July 1997, The Swing Shift Band, with Buddy Emmons & Ray Pennington, saw the release of 'Goin' Out Swingin' (Step One Records, 1997), which included the following tracks:
'Boggs' Boogie' (written by Noel Boggs, Donnel Clyde Cooley and Jimmy Wyble)
'Walkin' My Baby Back Home' (written by Fred E. Ahlert, Les Brown and Roy Turk)
'S Wonderful' (written by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin)
'Lazy River' (written by Sidney Arodin and Hoagy Carmichael)
'Darktown Strutters' Ball'
'Shiny Stockings' (written by Frank Foster)
'The Next Best Thing' (written by Ray Pennington and Sharon Pennington)
'Drownin' My Troubles' (written by Ray Pennington)
'The Day You Left Me', which was written by Cindy Walker (Saturday 20 July 1918 - Thursday 23 March 2006)
'The Heart of a Clown' (written by Frances Kane, Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins)
'Won't You Ride in My Little Red Wagon', which was written by Rex Griffin (Monday 12 August 1912 - Sunday 11 October 1959)
'Woman go on Home'
'So Many Ways to Say Goodbye' (written by Ray Pennington)
In 2001, Buddy Emmons' zealous practice schedule caught up with him and he began to suffer from a painful repetitive motion injury to his right thumb and wrist, which caused him to stop playing for over a year.
Though fully recovered, Buddy Emmons chose not to return to regular recording session work, but did record with some artists he had known for many years, including Ray Price (Tuesday 12 January 1926 - Monday 16 December 2013), Johnny Bush and Willie Nelson.
Buddy Emmons continued to perform at steel guitar shows, and occasionally on American Public Media's 'A Prairie Home Companion'.
In 2001, Buddy Emmons came out of retirement to play steel guitar on Gene Watson's 'From The Heart' (RMG Records, 2001).
Buddy Emmons had three granddaughters, Crystal, Nikia (who passed away in 2004) and Brittany, and two grandsons, Levon and Buddie III.
Buddy Emmons' wife Peggy often accompanied him to steel guitar shows and conventions, and helped Buddy Emmons meet fans and sell recordings and videos.
On Wednesday 19 December 2007, Peggy Emmons died unexpectedly.
Buddy Gene Emmons
(Wednesday 27 January 1937 - Wednesday 29 July 2015)
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