• 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

Adkins Publicity

Exclusive PR / Publicity Representation of Gene Watson / Contact Scott Adkins at Adkins Publicity in Nashville

For exclusive PR / publicity representation of Gene Watson, contact Scott Adkins at Adkins Publicity in Nashville.



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 2006, 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 Al Perkins, which he submitted to this site on Thursday 3 August 2006.

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



Al Perkins
This quote was submitted on Thursday 3 August 2006.

'I don't really know a lot about Gene Watson.  I hear good things about him and his traditional style.

I did hear him briefly at a festival in Holland a couple of years back when I was there with Chris Hillman.

Gene's whole band sounded good at the time'.


Thank you, Al Perkins, for your support of Gene Watson.

About Al Perkins...



Al Perkins, a legend of popular music, was born on Tuesday 18 January 1944 on Odessa, Texas and learned to play Hawaiian steel guitar at the age of nine.

Playing in west Texas bands throughout the 1960s, it wasn't until his release from the United States Army Reserves in the early 1970s that Al Perkins' musical career took off with California country rockers Shiloh.



Al Perkins found himself hired to play in the new incarnation of The Flying Burrito Brothers and recorded the seminal live album 'The Last of The Red Hot Burritos' (A&M Records, 1972).  The band split up, and Al Perkins, along with former Byrd Chris Hillman joined Manassas.

Led by Stephen Stills, Manassas were one of the most talented units in music at the time and were equally at home with Latin jams, rock, blues, country, folk and bluegrass.

With the release of a second album, Stephen Stills was drawn more towards his work with Crosby Stills & Nash, so Al Perkins and Chris Hillman found themselves joining up with Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield and Poco founding member) and J.D. Souther in The Souther Hillman Furay Band.

Al Perkins moved into producing records in the mid 1970s, but did tour with Michael Nesmith and Roger McGuinn & Chris Hillman.



Al Perkins managed to also continue working as a session player and found himself contributing to many of the notable albums of the time, including The Eagles' 'On The Border' (Asylum Records, 1974); Al Perkins played pedal steel guitar on the track 'Ol' '55' (written by Tom Waits), which featured lead vocals by Glenn Frey (Saturday 6 November 1948 - Tuesday 19 January 2016) and Don Henley.

 

Al Perkins played on the two solo albums of the late, great Gram Parsons (Tuesday 5 November 1946 - Wednesday 19 September 1973), 'GP' (Reprise Records, 1973) and 'Grievous Angel' (Reprise Records, 1974).



'GP' (Reprise Records, 1973) was Gram Parsons' debut solo album and was originally released in a gatefold sleeve in 1973.

Gram Parsons' 'GP' (Reprise Records, 1973) received critical acclaim upon release, but it failed to reach the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart; the album included the following tracks:

'Still Feeling Blue' (written by Gram Parsons)
'We'll Sweep Out the Ashes in the Morning' (written by Joyce Allsup)
'A Song for You' (written by Gram Parsons)
'Streets of Baltimore', which was written by Tompall Glaser (Sunday 3 September 1933 - Tuesday 13 August 2013) and Harlan Howard (Thursday 8 September 1927 - Sunday 3 March 2002)
'She' (written by Gram Parsons and Chris Ethridge)
'That's All It Took', which was written by Darrell Edwards, Charlotte Grier and George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013)
'The New Soft Shoe' (written by Gram Parsons)
'Kiss the Children', which was written by Ric Grech (Friday 1 November 1946 - Saturday 17 March 1990)
'Cry One More Time' (written by Peter Wolf and Seth Justman)
'How Much I've Lied' (written by Gram Parsons and David Rivkin)
'Big Mouth Blues' (written by Gram Parsons)

Personnel involved in the recording of Gram Parsons' 'GP' (Reprise Records, 1973) included the following:

Gram Parsons (vocals, acoustic guitar)
Emmylou Harris (vocals)
Barry Tashian (vocals, rhythm guitar)
Ric Grech (Friday 1 November 1946 - Saturday 17 March 1990) (bass guitar)
John Conrad (bass)
Ronnie Tutt and John Guerin (drums)
Sam Goldstein (drums)
Glen D. Hardin (piano, organ, bandleader)
James Burton (electric guitar, Dobro)
Al Perkins and Buddy Emmons (pedal steel guitar)
Byron Berline (fiddle)
Alan Munde (banjo on 'Still Feeling Blue')
Ron Hicklin, Tom Bahler, Mitch Gordon and Lewis Morford (backing vocals on 'Kiss The Children')
Hal Battiste (baritone saxophone on 'Cry One More Time')



Gram Parsons' 'Grievous Angel' (Reprise Records, 1974) was Gram's second solo album, which was compiled from Summer 1973 recording sessions and was released four months after his death from a heroin and alcohol overdose in September 1973.

Gram Parsons' 'Grievous Angel' (Reprise Records, 1974) received great critical acclaim upon its release, but failed to find commercial success, a fate shared with Gram's previous efforts solo and with The Flying Burrito Brothers; the album peaked at No.195 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart.

Gram Parsons' 'Grievous Angel' (Reprise Records, 1974) included the following tracks:

'Return of The Grievous Angel' (written by Gram Parsons)
'Hearts on Fire' (written by Walter Egan and Tom Guidera)
'I Can't Dance' (written by Tom T. Hall)
'Brass Buttons' (written by Gram Parsons)
'$1000 Wedding' (written by Gram Parsons)
Medley Live from Northern Quebec:
(a) 'Cash on the Barrelhead', which was written by Charlie Louvin (Thursday 7 July 1927 - Wednesday 26 January 2011) and Ira Louvin (Monday 21 April 1924 - Sunday 20 June 1965)
(b) 'Hickory Wind' (written by Gram Parsons and Bob Buchanon)
'Love Hurts', which was written by Boudleaux Bryant (Friday 13 February 1920 - Thursday 25 June 1987)
'Ooh Las Vegas', which was written by Gram Parsons and Ric Grech (Friday 1 November 1946 - Saturday 17 March 1990)
'In My Hour of Darkness' (written by Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris)

Personnel involved in the recording of Gram Parsons' 'Grievous Angel' (Reprise Records, 1974) included the following:

Gram Parsons (lead vocals, acoustic guitar)
Emmylou Harris (vocals on all songs, except 'Brass Buttons')
Glen D. Hardin (piano, electric piano on 'Brass Buttons')
James Burton (electric lead guitar)
Emory Gordy Junior (bass)
Ronnie Tutt (drums)
Herb Pedersen (acoustic rhythm guitar, electric rhythm guitar on 'I Can't Dance')
Al Perkins (pedal steel guitar)

Guest musicians involved in the recording of Gram Parsons' 'Grievous Angel' (Reprise Records, 1974) included the following:

Bernie Leadon (acoustic guitar on 'Return of The Grievous Angel', electric lead guitar on 'Hearts on Fire', Dobro on 'In My Hour of Darkness')
Byron Berline (fiddle on 'Return of The Grievous Angel', 'Medley Live from Northern Quebec' & 'In My Hour of Darkness', mandolin on 'Medley'
N.D. Smart (drums on 'Hearts on Fire' and 'In My Hour of Darkness'
Steve Snyder (vibes on 'Medley Live from Northern Quebec')
Linda Ronstadt (harmony vocal on 'In My Hour of Darkness')
Kim Fowley (Friday 21 July 1939 - Thursday 15 January 2015), Phil Kaufman, Ed Tickner, Jane & Jon Doe (background blah-blah on 'Medley Live from Northern Quebec')

Al Perkins continued his production work into the 1980s.

Al Perkins also toured with Chris Hillman as a duo, which later developed into The Desert Rose Band, before joining Dolly Parton in 1986, touring and recording with her for several years before moving to Nashville.



In 1987, Al Perkins played steel guitar on the tracks 'Several Hearts', 'Cheap Motels', 'If You Count Goodbye' and 'Comin' Back', all of which were included on Bobby Durham's debut album, 'Where I Grew Up' (United States: Hightone Records, 1987 / United Kingdom: Demon Records, 1987).

It was while Al Perkins was in Nashville, in the early 1990s, that he reunited with Emmylou Harris on a new project, The Nash Ramblers.  Al Perkins had previously worked with Emmylou and played on the two solo albums of the late, great Gram Parsons (Tuesday 5 November 1946 - Wednesday 19 September 1973).



For ‘Emmylou Harris & The Nash Ramblers Live at The Ryman’ (Warner Bros. Records, 1992), Emmylou Harris and her band, obviously inspired by the history of the famous auditorium, responded by putting together a stunning 'live' set spanning the history of country music; the album won a Grammy Award in 1992.

Emmylou Harris & The Nash Ramblers' 'Live at The Ryman’ (Warner Bros. Records, 1992), which was released on Friday 10 January 1992, was a 'live' album by Emmylou Harris and her then-newly formed acoustic backing band, The Nash Ramblers, which was recorded at the one-time home of The Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, between Tuesday 30 April 1991 and Thursday 2 May 1991.

The Nash Ramblers included the following musicians:

Sam Bush (fiddle, mandolin and vocals)
Roy Huskey Junior (Monday 17 December 1956 - Saturday 6 September 1997) (double bass and vocals)
Larry Atamanuik (drums)
Al Perkins (banjo, guitar, resonator guitar and vocals)
John Randall Stewart (guitar, mandolin and vocals)

Emmylou Harris & The Nash Ramblers' 'Live at The Ryman’ (Warner Bros. Records, 1992) included the following tracks:

'Guitar Town' (written by Steve Earle)
'Half as Much', which was written by Curley Williams (Wednesday 3 June 1914 - Saturday 5 September 1970)
'Cattle Call', which was written by Tex Owens (15 June 1892 - Sunday 9 September 1962)
'Guess Things Happen That Way', which was written by 'Cowboy' Jack Clement (Sunday 5 April 1931 - Thursday 8 August 2013)
'Hard Times', which was written by Stephen Foster (4 July 1826 - 13 January 1864)
'Mansion on The Hill' (written by Bruce Springsteen)
'Scotland', which was written by Bill Monroe (Wednesday 13 September 1911 - Monday 9 September 1996)
'Montana Cowgirl' (written by Ray Park)
'Like Strangers', which was written by Boudleaux Bryant (Friday 13 February 1920 - Thursday 25 June 1987)
'Lodi' (written by John Fogerty)
'Calling My Children Home', which was written by Doyle Lawson, Charles Waller (Saturday 19 January 1935 - Wednesday 18 August 2004) and Robert Yates
'If I Could Be There' (written by Kieran Kane and Jamie O'Hara)
'Walls of Time', which was written by Bill Monroe (Wednesday 13 September 1911 - Monday 9 September 1996) and Peter Rowan)
'Get Up John', which was written by Bill Monroe (Wednesday 13 September 1911 - Monday 9 September 1996), Marty Stuart and Jerry Sullivan
'It's a Hard Life Wherever You Go' (written by Nanci Griffith) / 'Abraham, Martin & John' (written by Richard Holler)
'Smoke Along the Track' (written by Alan Rose)

Emmylou Harris & The Nash Ramblers' 'Live at The Ryman’ (Warner Bros. Records, 1992) reached No.32 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1992; a companion video recording of the concert was released on VHS.

In 2001, The Gibson Guitar Company called Al Perkins 'the world's most influential Dobro player', and even began producing an 'Al Perkins Signature' Dobro, in 2001, which was designed and autographed by Al Perkins.

Al Perkins continued to tour and record and is well known for his work with Kevin Montgomery.

Al Perkins has played and toured with artists as diverse as Bob Dylan, Cher, Rita Coolidge, Dan Fogelberg (Monday 13 August 1951 - Sunday 16 December 2007) and Dwight Yoakam, and also found time to appear with his long-time associate Chris Hillman, and with veteran country singer Michael Martin Murphey.

Al Perkins today (2006) is equally at home in the studio adding his timeless pedal steel to albums by artists such as Julie Roberts, as he is adding lap steel to the dynamic live appearances of Kevin Montgomery, or complementing Chris Hillman's traditional bluegrass sound with his signature dobro playing.

• Visit Al Perkins' Official Site at alperkinsmusic.com

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