• 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

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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 Ken Mellons, which he submitted to this site on Tuesday 10 May 2005.

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



Ken Mellons
This quote was submitted on Tuesday 10 May 2005.

'Gene Watson, in my opinion, is just one of the many great country singers of our time that is so under rated.

Gene’s voice and songs have been a big influence on me and I’m proud to call him my friend'.

Thank you, Ken Mellons, for your support of Gene Watson.

About Ken Mellons...



Ken Mellons was born Kenneth Edward Mellons in Kingsport, Tennessee on Saturday 10 July 1965.  Ken's parents, Rita and Charles, unknowingly groomed their son to have an appreciation for soulful harmonies and raw acoustic sounds.

From the age of three, Ken Mellons was raised in the country music heartland of Nashville, where he grew up on the standard honky-tonk heroes of Merle Haggard, George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) and Lefty Frizzell (Saturday 31 March 1928 - Saturday 19 July 1975).

Ken Mellons played guitar and sang at school talent shows and moved on to the clubs after high school graduation. Impressed by one of his performances, the general manager of The Grand Ole Opry invited Ken Mellons to make a guest appearance.  Ken Mellons was invited back several times; in fact, Ken Mellons' Opry residence lasted from 1989 until 1992.

While most kids his age were studying in college, Ken Mellons was honing his craft alongside future country stars such as Chely Wright and Lonestar's Dean Sams.

As a result of his appearances on the hallowed stage of The Grand Ole Opry, Ken Mellons secured a recording contract with Sony / Epic Records in 1993.



On Tuesday 23 August 1994, Ken Mellons saw the release of his self-titled debut album, 'Ken Mellons' (Epic Records, 1994), which was produced by Jerry Cupit.

Ken Mellons' debut single, 'Jukebox Junkie' (written by Ken Mellons, Jerry Cupit and Janice Honeycutt), was a hit, reaching No.8 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 1994 and continued to receive airplay for the rest of the decade; the song also received ASCAP and BMI Awards for surpassing one million plays on country music radio in the United States.

Ken Mellons' self-titled debut album, 'Ken Mellons' (Epic Records, 1994), included four tracks which were hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart:

'Lookin' in the Same Direction' (written by Ken Mellons, Dale Dodson and Jimmy Melton) (No.55, 1994)
'Jukebox Junkie' (written by Ken Mellons, Jerry Cupit and Janice Honeycutt) (No.8, 1994)
'I Can Bring Her Back' (written by Ken Mellons, Dale Dodson and Gene Simmons) (No.42, 1994)
'Workin' for the Weekend' (written by Ken Mellons, Jerry Cupit and Janice Honeycutt) (No.40, 1995)

Ken Mellons' self-titled debut album, 'Ken Mellons' (Epic Records, 1994), also included the following tracks:

'The Pleasure's All Mine' (written by Ken Mellons, Jerry Cupit and Janice Honeycutt)
'Seven Lonely Days (makes one weak)' (written by Ken Mellons, Dale Dodson and Jimmy Melton)
'Keepin' It Country' (written by Ken Mellons, Jerry Cupit and Janice Honeycutt)
'Learnin' to Live without You' (written by Ken Mellons, Gene Simmons, Jerry Cupit and Dale Dodson)
'Honky Tonk Teachers' (written by Ken Mellons, Dale Dodson and Jerry Cupit)
'Doctor Jesus' (written by Tony Stampley and Justin Bolin)

Personnel involved in the recording of 'Ken Mellons' (Epic Records, 1994) included the following:

Curtis Young, John Wesley Ryles, Carl Jackson and Doug Clements (vocal backing)
Bobby All (passed away on Thursday 19 March 2009), Mike Elliott and Billy Joe Walker Junior (rhythm & lead guitar)
Brent Mason (lead guitar)
John Hughey (Wednesday 27 December 1933 - Sunday 18 November 2007) (steel guitar)
Hank Singer (fiddle)
Steve Nathan (keyboards)
Glenn Worf (bass)
Lonnie Wilson (drums, percussion)

Ken Mellons' self-titled debut album, 'Ken Mellons' (Epic Records, 1994), reached No.42 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1994.



On Tuesday 14 November 1995, Ken Mellons saw the release of his second album, 'Where Forever Begins' (Epic Records, 1995), which included two tracks which were hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart:

'Rub-a-Dubbin' (written by Becky Hobbs, Don Goodman and Stan Paul Davis) (No.39, 1995)
'Stranger in Your Eyes', which was written by Max D. Barnes (Friday 24 July 1936 - Sunday 11 January 2004), Larry Jenkins and Joe Chambers (No.55, 1995)

Ken Mellons' second album, 'Where Forever Begins' (Epic Records, 1995), also included the following tracks:

'Don't Make Me Have to Come in There' (written by Jerry Cupit)
'I Went Crazy for Awhile', which was written by Keith Whitley (Thursday 1 July 1954 - Tuesday 9 May 1989)
'Where Forever Begins' (written by Ken Mellons, Carson Chamberlain and Jim McBride)
'He'll Never Be a Lawyer' (written by Jerry Cupit, Tracy Lea Reynolds, Sharon Corbitt and Lee Thomas Miller) / this track featured guest vocals from George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) and John Anderson
'Memory Remover' (written by Ken Mellons, Dale Dodson and Jimmy Melton)
'He Ain't Even Cold Yet' (written by Cyril Rawson and Billy Lawson)
'Ever Ready' (written by Ken Mellons and Jerry Cupit)
'With His Hands' (written by Ken Mellons, Jerry Cupit, Tracy Lea Reynolds and Lee Thomas Miller)

Following the release of the singles from 'Where Forever Begins' (Epic Records, 1995), Ken Mellons parted company with Epic Records.

In 1997, shortly after leaving Epic Records, Ken Mellons signed with Curb Records.  Although he spent six years on the label, between 1997 and 2003, Ken Mellons saw the release of only two non-charting singles, 'Mr. DJ' in 1997 and 'Ladies Night' in 1998, along with one album, 'The Best of Ken Mellons' (Curb Records, 2001).



On Tuesday 3 April 2001, Ken Mellons saw the release of 'The Best of Ken Mellons' (Curb Records, 2001) and, despite its title, it was not a compilation album, but rather a studio album composed of nine new tracks and a dance mix of Ken's 1994 hit 'Jukebox Junkie'.

Ken Mellons' 'The Best of Ken Mellons' (Curb Records, 2001) included the following tracks:

'Jukebox Junkie (Dance Mix)' (written by Ken Mellons, Jerry Cupit and Janice Honeycutt)
'Shame on Me' (written by Ken Mellons and Buddy Brock)
'Home Team' (written by Ken Mellons, Jerry Cupit and Lee Thomas Miller)
'Farmer's Daughter' (written by Ken Mellons and Jerry Cupit)
'Ladies Night' (written by Ken Mellons, Jerry Cupit and Randy Roberts)
'Can You Feel It' (written by Ken Mellons, Jerry Cupit and Jobe Memarie)
'Down to a Crawl' (written by Ken Mellons, Jerry Cupit, David Brewer and Faye Brewer)
'Bundle of Nerves' (written by Ken Mellons, Jerry Cupit and Lea Thomas Miller)
'Was It Good for You' (written by Ken Mellons and Jerry Cupit)
'Cool as You' (written by Larry Boone and Billy Lawson)

In 2003, Ken Mellons became frustrated with Curb Records and asked that he be released from the record deal with them.



On Tuesday 27 July 2004, Ken Mellons saw the release of 'Sweet' (Home Records, 2004) on Home Records, a small independent record label, with guest contributions from fellow country music artists George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013), Vince Gill, Rebecca Lynn Howard and Earl Scruggs (Sunday 6 January 1924 - Wednesday 28 March 2012).

Ken Mellons' 'Sweet' (Home Records, 2004) included two tracks which were released as singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart:

'Paint Me a Birmingham' (written by Buck Moore and Gary Duffy) (No.54, 2004)



Tracy Lawrence later included 'Paint Me a Birmingham' (written by Buck Moore and Gary Duffy) on 'Strong' (DreamWorks Records, 2004); Tracy Lawrence's version reached No.4 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in early 2004.

'Climb My Tree' (written by John Northrup, Billy Lawson and Dean Dillon)
/ this track was released as a single in 2004, but it did not chart

Ken Mellons' 'Sweet' (Home Records, 2004) also included the following tracks:

'Smack Dab' (written by Kerry Kurt Phillips and T.W. Hale)
'Just What I'm Wantin' to Do' (written by Ken Mellons and John Northrup)
'Interstate Gypsy' (written by Ken Mellons, John Northrup and David Vowell)
'You Can't Make My Heart Believe' (written by Ken Mellons, Dean Dillon and John Northrup)
'Sweet' (written by Walt Aldridge, Gary Baker and Greg Barnhill)
'All I Need is a Bridge' (written by Ken Mellons and John Northrup)
'Single Again' (written by Billy Davis, David Rivers and Doug Graham)
'Any Time, Any Place' (written by M.C. Potts and John Northrup)
'Institute of Honky Tonks' (written by Ken Mellons, John Northrup and Larry Alderman)
'If I've Learned Anything at All' (written by Ken Mellons, John Northrup and Dale Dodson)

Ken Mellons' song-writing credits include cuts recorded by George Strait, Hank Williams Junior, Dierks Bentley and Mark Chesnutt.



George Strait recorded Ken Mellons' 'Honk If You Honky Tonk' (co-written with Dean Dillon and John Northrup) and included the track on 'Honkytonkville' (MCA Records, 2003).



Dierks Bentley recorded Ken Mellons' 'I Bought The Shoes that just walked out on Me' (co-written with Jimmy Melton and Dale Dodson) and included the track on 'Dierks Bentley' (Capitol Nashville Records, 2003).



Mark Chesnutt recorded Ken Mellons' 'Since You Ain't Home' (co-written with Shawn Camp and Dale Dodson) and included the track on 'Savin' The Honky Tonks' (Vivaton Records, 2004).

In late 2006, Ken Mellons began recording his bluegrass album, 'Rural Route' (Jukebox Junky Inc. Records, 2010), which featured an amazing bluegrass line-up, including the talents of, amongst others, Sonya Isaacs, Rhonda Vincent, Larry Cordle, Darrin Vincent and Don Rigsby, to name a few.

Ken Mellons: 'Rural Route' (Jukebox Junkie Inc. Records, 2010) 

On Tuesday 12 October 2010, Ken Mellons saw the release of 'Rural Route' (Jukebox Junkie Inc. Records, 2010); one of the tracks on the album was 'Still They Call Me Love', which was written by Harley Allen (Monday 23 January 1956 - Wednesday 30 March 2011) and John Wiggins); this track was recorded by Gene Watson and included on 'A Taste of the Truth' (Shanachie Records, 2009).

• Visit Ken Mellons' Official Site at kenmellons.net

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