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 2005, 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 Chris Wall, which he submitted to this site on Wednesday 12 January 2005.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Chris Wall who has made a special contribution to a unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.
This quote was submitted on Wednesday 12 January 2005.
'I've always been a huge Gene Watson fan.
I was in a band called The Famous Motel Cowboys out of Jackson Hole, Wyoming in the late 1980s and I used to sing 'Memories to Burn' and 'Fourteen Carat Mind' in the show every night, though we had to drop everything down an octave or two as I couldn't hope to sing on the same plane as Gene.
In early 2002, he and his band put on a show at The Coupland Dancehall here in central Texas. The place was packed and, believe me, he hadn't dropped a step. Every note and vocal lick was spot on the money. But I couldn't help but wonder - could he still hit 'the note'. The night passed too quickly for us all. Hit after wonderful hit until the show ended.
The applause built and built. 'Encore! Ye Hah! More! More!' Then the opening notes of the saddest country song of all time. This song makes 'He Stopped Loving Her Today' sound like 'Rebecca of Sunnybrooke Farm'.
We waited and waited, the anticipation building. Did he still have it?
The end of the last chorus was upon us and Gene had reached the point of no return. Then it came - perfect. It soared over the years, and the miles, and the entire crowd: 'When (pause) I'm gone'. I went nuts! The whole place went crazy!
I've always been a huge Gene Watson fan and I'll remain so 'til the final 'Farewell Party'.
Thank you, Chris Wall, for your support of Gene Watson.
About Chris Wall...
Chris Wall is a native of Newport Beach, California although he later moved to Montana, where he began to write country songs. Chris Wall is considered by many to be the 'real deal'.
In 1988, while bartending in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Chris Wall had a chance encounter with Jerry Jeff Walker.
This led to a summons from Jerry Jeff Walker, in early 1989, urging him to take a break from his job as a ranch hand on Horse Creek Ranch near Livingston, Montana and join Jerry Jeff Walker for a two week song-writing soiree, where one thing led to another.
Jerry Jeff Walker recorded two of Chris Wall’s songs on his stellar (some call it a career reviving) album, 'Live at Gruene Hall' (Rykodisc Records, 1989), namely 'Trashy Women' and 'I Feel Like Hank Williams Tonight'.
Shortly thereafter, Chris Wall became a part of Jerry Jeff Walker’s recording and management roster on Tried & True Music / Rykodisc Records.
Five years of relentless touring with Jerry Jeff Walker and the release of two highly acclaimed solo albums, 'Honky Tonk Heart' (Rykodisc Records, 1991) and 'No Sweat' (Rykodisc Records, 1992) on Rykodisc Records followed.
Chris Wall's 'Honky Tonk Heart' (Rykodisc Records, 1991) included the following tracks, all of which were written by Chris Wall:
'Honky Tonk Heart'
'The Empty Seat Beside Me'
'Sure is Smokey in Here'
'He Lives My Dream'
'I Wish John Stetson Made a Heart'
'Something to Shoot'
Chris Wall's 'No Sweat' (Rykodisc Records, 1992) included the following tracks:
'Hangin' Out' (written by Chris Wall)
'Fine Line' (written by Chris Wall)
'Once Before I Go' (written by Chris Wall)
'Boots' (written by Chris Wall)
'No Sweat' (written by Pinto Bennett, Chris Wall and Mark Webb)
'Faded Blue' (written by Chris Wall)
'Rodeo Cowboy' (written by Chris Wall)
'I'll Take the Whiskey (you take the wheel)' (written by Chris Wall)
'Better Things to Do' (written by Chris Wall)
'I'm Not Drinkin' Anymore' (written by Chris Wall)
In 1994, Confederate Railroad scored a Billboard Top 5 country music hit single with the now classic, 'Trashy Women'; that same year, the song was nominated for a Grammy Award for 'Best Country Song'.
Chris Wall's 'Trashy Women' was included on Confederate Railroad's self-titled debut album, 'Confederate Railroad' (Columbia Records, 1994).
Dale Watson recorded Chris Wall’s 'That's What I Like About Texas' (co-written with Dale Watson) and included the track on 'Blessed or Damned' (Hightone Records, 1996); the track featured guest vocals from Johnny Bush.
In 1997, the BMI recognized Chris Wall in a ceremony celebrating the fact that 'Trashy Women' had been played over one million times on radio in the United States since its release.
Chris Wall’s ability to write a country hit did not go unnoticed by the industry. He turned down offers to write for the big assembly-line Nashville publishing companies and opted instead for writing and releasing his own music.
It was also in 1994 when Chris Wall formed his own record label, Cold Spring Records, and saw the release of 'Cowboy Nation' (Cold Spring Records, 1994), 'Any Saturday Night in Texas' (Cold Spring Records, 1998), 'Tainted Angel' (Cold Spring Records, 1998) and 'Just Another Place' (Cold Spring Records, 2004).
Chris Wall has travelled extensively and has headlined large festivals in Europe and Scandinavia, including Norway’s prestigious Seljord Country Fest where Chris closed the Friday night show in front of a crowd of over twenty thousand people.
Chris Wall’s songs have been recorded by over a dozen artists, including Jerry Jeff Walker, Confederate Railroad, Johnny Bush, Dale Watson, Jack Ingram and Reckless Kelly.
Chris Wall has appeared on stage as the opening act for many country music legends, including the following:
Waylon Jennings (Tuesday 15 June 1937 - Wednesday 13 February 2002)
George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013)
Conway Twitty (Friday 1 September 1933 - Saturday 5 June 1993)
Chris LeDoux (Saturday 2 October 1948 - Wednesday 9 March 2005)
Bellamy Brothers (Howard & David Bellamy)
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
David Allan Coe
Bruce & Charlie Robison
Shenandoah (featuring lead vocalist Marty Raybon)
Desert Rose Band (Chris Hillman, Herb Pedersen and John Jorgenson)
Jerry Jeff Walker
Guy Clark (Thursday 6 November 1941 - Tuesday 17 May 2016)
Ray Benson & Asleep at The Wheel
Robert Earl Keen
Billy Joe Shaver
Rambling Jack Elliot
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