• 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 2008, 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 Jimmy Melton, which he submitted to this site on Monday 6 October 2008.

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



Gene Watson & Jimmy Melton at Douglas Corner Cafe in Nashville on Wednesday 26 August 2009

Jimmy Melton
This quote was submitted on Monday 6 October 2008.

'I think Gene Watson has to be considered in the top three country singers of all time...right up there with Merle Haggard and George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013).

He's been my favourite since I was a kid listening to him on the tractor radio and going to many of his concerts.

His live performances are simply the best in the business and I've been in the business a while myself.



I love Gene's singing so much that I tried my best to copy his phrasing on a song I wrote a few years back called 'The Coast of Texas' (co-written with Dale Dodson).

I sang the demo and, when Gene heard it, he said 'that's just the way I'm gonna sing it', and he did (except he beat me on it!).

Hearing Gene Watson's voice on something I wrote is one of the biggest thrills of my life as a songwriter...I'm still his biggest fan'.

Thank you, Jimmy Melton, for your support of Gene Watson.

About Jimmy Melton...



Jimmy Melton was born on Tuesday 22 August 1967 and began his career as a musician at the age of eight when his father taught him how to play the guitar.

Jimmy Melton later learned how to play the banjo and, at the age of twelve, he became one of the youngest performers ever to appear on the hallowed stage of The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

It was soon thereafter that Jimmy Melton was invited to appear with guitar legend Chet Atkins (Friday 20 June 1924 - Saturday 30 June 2001) on 'Pop Goes The Country', a popular country music series on television.

It was also at this time when Jimmy Melton had the opportunity to perform with artists he considered heroes, including bluegrass music legends Bill Monroe (Wednesday 13 September 1911 - Monday 9 September 1996) and Earl Scruggs (Sunday 6 January 1924 - Wednesday 28 March 2012).

By the time he reached his late teens, Jimmy Melton had spent the greater part of ten years touring various summer bluegrass festivals and fairs.

Jimmy Melton moved on from the bluegrass music scene in his early twenties, formed a country band, bought a big PA system and played the county fair and dancehall circuit in and around his native west Tennessee.

Jimmy Melton has dabbled in song-writing as far back as he can recall, so he moved to Nashville in order to pursue his career.

In 1996, Jimmy Melton landed his first publishing deal with Murrah Music, owned by Hall of Fame songwriter Roger Murrah.

Jimmy Melton then moved on to write for another Hall of Famer, the legendary Harlan Howard (Thursday 8 September 1927 - Sunday 3 March 2002), an opportunity which gave Jimmy Melton a further opportunity to hone his craft with one of the great writers in country music.

Jimmy Melton entered into a new publishing agreement with Universal Music Publishing in Nashville and began working on building a catalogue there.  Jimmy Melton also worked as a session musician, playing on many albums, as well as his own recordings.

Jimmy Melton's original compositions have been recorded by a stellar line-up of artists which reads like a who's who of country music, including Hank Williams Junior, Mark Chesnutt, Blake Shelton, Trace Adkins, Kenny Rogers, Neal Coty, Steve Fox, Gene Watson, Ken Mellons, Chely Wright, Amber Dotson, Kevin Denney, Brian McComas, Craig Morgan, Trent Willmon, Tracy Lawrence, Dierks Bentley, Shannon Walker, Dean Brody, Ash Bowers, Joe Nichols and George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013).



Chely Wright recorded Jimmy Melton's 'Sea of Cowboy Hats' (co-written with Dale Dodson and Chely Wright) and included the track on 'Woman in the Moon' (Polydor Records, 1994).



Chely Wright recorded Jimmy Melton's 'He Don't Do Bars Anymore' (co-written with Dale Dodson and Chely Wright) and included the track on 'Woman in the Moon' (Polydor Records, 1994).



Chely Wright recorded Jimmy Melton's 'The Last Supper' (co-written with Dale Dodson and Chely Wright) and included the track on 'Woman in the Moon' (Polydor Records, 1994).



Ken Mellons recorded Jimmy Melton's 'Lookin' in the Same Direction' (co-written with Ken Mellons and Dale Dodson) and included the track on 'Ken Mellons' (Epic Records, 1994).



Ken Mellons recorded Jimmy Melton's 'Seven Lonely Days Makes One Weak' (co-written with Ken Mellons and Dale Dodson) and included the track on 'Ken Mellons' (Epic Records, 1994).



Ken Mellons recorded Jimmy Melton's 'Memory Remover' (co-written with Ken Mellons and Dale Dodson) and included the track on 'Where Forever Begins' (Epic Records, 1995).



Mark Chesnutt recorded Jimmy Melton's 'She Was' (co-written with Neal Coty) and included the track on 'Mark Chesnutt' (Columbia Records, 2002).



Craig Morgan recorded Jimmy Melton's 'Every Friday Afternoon' (co-written with Neal Coty) and included the track on 'I Love It' (Broken Bow Records, 2003).



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



Gene Watson recorded Jimmy Melton's 'The Coast of Texas' (co-written with Dale Dodson) and included the track on 'Gene Watson...Sings' (Intersound Records, 2003).



Hank Williams Junior recorded Jimmy Melton's 'I'm One of You' (co-written with Neal Coty) and included the track on 'I'm One of You' (Curb Records, 2003).



Mark Chesnutt recorded Jimmy Melton's 'Mama's House' (co-written with Neal Coty) and included the track on 'Savin' The Honky Tonks' (Vivaton Records, 2004).



Blake Shelton recorded Jimmy Melton's 'When Somebody Knows You That Well', which was co-written with Harley Allen (Monday 23 January 1956 - Wednesday 30 March 2011), and included the track on 'Blake Shelton's Barn & Grill' (Warner Bros. Records, 2004).



George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) recorded Jimmy Melton's 'God's Country' (co-written with Neal Coty); the track was included on 'God's Country: George Jones & Friends' (Category 5 Records, 2006), a tribute album to George Jones.

Released on Tuesday 17 October 2006, on Category 5 Records, the album featured several of George Jones' most well-known songs, performed by various artists, including Vince Gill, Tanya Tucker, Sammy Kershaw, Mark Chesnutt, Pam Tillis, Joe Diffie, Garth Brooks, Shonna Faegan and Tracy Lawrence.

George Jones
 (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) appeared on 'God's Country: George Jones & Friends' (Category 5 Records, 2006), and performed the title track, 'God's Country' (written by Jimmy Melton and Neal Coty), which was George Jones' first brand new song in five years.

George Jones' appearance on 'God's Country: George Jones & Friends' (Category 5 Records, 2006) was courtesy of George Jones' own record label, Bandit Records.

Craig Morgan recorded Jimmy Melton's 'It Took a Woman' (co-written with Dave Turnbull) and included the track on 'That's Why' (BNA Records, 2008).



Joe Nichols recorded Jimmy Melton's 'We All Go Home' (co-written with Neal Coty and Michael Mobley) and included the track on 'Old Things New' (Universal South Records, 2009).



Daryle Singletary recorded Jimmy Melton's 'That's Why God Made Me', which was co-written with Harley Allen (Monday 23 January 1956 - Wednesday 30 March 2011), and included the track on 'Rockin' in the Country' (E1 Music Records, 2009).



Reba McEntire recorded Jimmy Melton's 'I'll Have What She's Having' (co-written with Georgia Middleman) and included the track on 'Keep on Loving You' (United States: Starstruck / Valory Music Group Records, 2009 / United Kingdom: Hump Head Country Records, 2009).



In May 2010, James Wesley saw the release of 'Real' (written by Jimmy Melton and Neal Coty) for Broken Bow Records; the track, which was a non-album single, reached No.22 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart in 2011.


Gene Watson & Rhonda Vincent performing Jimmy Melton's 'Gone for Good'



Gene Watson & Rhonda Vincent recorded Jimmy Melton's 'Gone for Good' and included the track on 'Your Money & My Good Looks' (Upper Management Music, 2011).



Joe Nichols recorded Jimmy Melton's 'Billy Graham's Bible' (co-written with Neal Coty and Chris DuBois) and included the track on 'Crickets' (Red Bow Records, 2013).

Gene Watson & Jimmy Melton at Douglas Corner Cafe in Nashville on Wednesday 26 August 2009

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