• 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 during 2010, 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 Capps, which he submitted to this site on Thursday 15 April 2010.

Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Jimmy Capps who made a special contribution to this unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'; also a special word of thanks to Michele Voan Capps, without whose help this quote would not have been possible.



Gene Watson and Jimmy Capps backstage at Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on Friday 19 March 2010

Jimmy Capps
This quote was submitted on Thursday 15 April 2010.

'In my opinion, Gene Watson is in the same class as Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra (Sunday 12 December 1915 - Thursday 14 May 1998), Bing Crosby (3 May 1903 - Friday 14 October 1977) and Ray Price (Tuesday 12 January 1926 - Monday 16 December 2013)!

As time moves on, he just gets better, as they did and have.  What a proud musician I am to have played on many Gene Watson albums and to still work with him on The Opry!

I am a fan!'

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

About Jimmy Capps...



Jimmy Capps, who has been a first-call session guitarist for over five decades, and has earned his position on the list of Nashville's greatest guitar pickers, was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina in 1939 to Alice and Tommy Capps and was raised in Benson, North Carolina.

Jimmy Capps listened to The Grand Ole Opry from the age of eight years old and he was inspired by champion fiddle-playing Uncle Lynn Cook, who encouraged him to play guitar.  Hayden Ivy, a picker friend of Jimmy's, gave up his own guitar and presented it as a gift to Jimmy.  The twelve year old took his first guitar and started working local dances.

In 1956, Jimmy Capps sang and played on radio station WCKB-Dunn and worked in both radio and television in Florence, South Carolina with a performer named Slim Mims.  Jimmy Capps moved on to Wilson to work with another Slim (Short) and he played local clubs in Benson in a band called The Tar Heels.

One audition in 1958 changed Jimmy Capps' life forever when he became the guitar player for The Louvin Brothers, one of country music's all-time greatest duo-teams.

When Jimmy Capps auditioned for his job with The Louvin Brothers, their then current guitar player, Paul Yandell, had been drafted into the service.  He had heard Jimmy Capps working with a duo in North Carolina who sang all The Louvin Brother's songs, so Jimmy knew all the intros and turnarounds.

Paul Yandell had heard Jimmy Capps play and recommended him to The Louvin Brothers.

Jimmy Capps recalls when The Louvin Brothers were scheduled for a guest appearance on The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, he came down with double pneumonia.  He remembers, 'No way was I going to miss The Opry if I died on the stage...I'm gonna work The Opry just one time!  And I did!'

Jimmy Capps remembers playing 'The Knoxville Girl', but he was so scared Pete Wade had to help him plug his guitar into the amplifier.  Jimmy Capps said that that was one of his most cherished moments.

Jimmy Capps' 'just one time' has turned into years of history on the hallowed stage; he has now been a member of the 'Grand Ole Opry Staff Band' since 1967 (although it wasn't officially graced with that title at that point in time).

Jimmy Capps' guitar heroes include Grady Martin (Thursday 17 January 1929 - Monday 3 December 2001), Chet Atkins (Friday 20 June 1924 - Saturday 30 June 2001), Pete Wade, Billy Sanford, Ray Edenton, Leon Rhodes and Spider Wilson.

On Monday 11 October 1982, some of Jimmy Capps' heroes were honoured when the Country Music Association (CMA) nominated the 'Grand Ole Opry Staff Band' for 'Instrumental Group of the Year'.

Jimmy Capps learned from master producers, including Owen Bradley (Thursday 21 October 1915 - Wednesday 7 January 1998), Larry Butler and Billy Sherrill (Thursday 5 November 1936 - Tuesday 4 August 2015), the art of song production and has produced albums for The Wilburn Brothers, Jim & Jesse, Jan Howard, Roy Drusky (Sunday 22 June 1930 - Thursday 23 September 2004), David Houston (Monday 9 December 1935 - Tuesday 30 November 1993) and Stu Phillips.



Jimmy Capps also produced his own album; 'Jimmy Capps: His Guitar & Old Friends Making New Memories' included artists such as Billy Walker (Monday 14 January 1929 - Sunday 21 May 2006), Charlie Louvin (Thursday 7 July 1927 - Wednesday 26 January 2011), The Osborne Brothers, Porter Wagoner (Friday 12 August 1927 - Sunday 28 October 2007), Jeannie Seely, Steve Wariner (who played and sang on the project) and The Carol Lee Singers.

Jimmy Capps' 'Jimmy Capps: His Guitar & Old Friends Making New Memories' included the following tracks:

1 'Sentimental Journey' / this track featured Carol Lee Singers
2 'Near You' / this track featured LaDonna Capps
3 'Mona Lisa' / this track featured Charlie Albertson
4 'They Can't Take That Away From Me / this track featured Jeannie Seely
5 'So Sad' / this track featured The Osborne Brothers
6 'Always' / this track featured Darrell McCall
7 'Blue Moon' / this track featured Billy Walker (Monday 14 January 1929 - Sunday 21 May 2006)
8 'Kinfolks in Carolina' / this track featured George Hamilton IV (Monday 19 July 1937 - Wednesday 17 September 2014)
9 'The World is Waiting for The Sunrise' / this track featured Michele Voan Capps
10 'It's Such a Pretty World' / this track featured Johnny Carver
11 'Justin' / this track was an instrumental
12 'I Walk the Line' / this track featured Steve Wariner
13 'The Shadow of Your Smile' / this track featured Sounds, Inc.
14 'I Thought I Heard You Calling My Name' / this track featured Porter Wagoner (Friday 12 August 1927 - Sunday 28 October 2007)
15 'Don't Get Around Much Anymore' / this track featured Charlie Walker (Tuesday 2 November 1926 - Friday 12 September 2008)
16 'Canadian Sunset' / this track featured Stu Phillips
17 'Cold, Cold War' / this track featured Ray Pillow
18 'Half a Mind' / this track featured Charlie Louvin (Thursday 7 July 1927 - Wednesday 26 January 2011)
19 'Free Wheelin' / this track was an instrumental
20 'Summertime Waltz' / this track was an instrumental

Musicians involved in the recording of Jimmy Capps' 'Jimmy Capps: His Guitar & Old Friends Making New Memories' included the following:

Jimmy Capps (all guitars)
Hal Rugg (track 12: PedalBro / track 19: steel guitar)
Stu Basore (track 7: steel guitar)
Denis Solee (track 7: saxophone)
Clyde Mattocks (track 15: steel guitar / track 19: Dobro)
Steve Wariner (track 12: solo E. guitar)
Bill Walker (track 1: piano solo)
Bobby Ogden (tracks 2 & 3: piano and keyboard)
Tim Atwood (piano and keyboard: on all tracks, except 1, 2, 3, 9, 11 and 16)
Hargus 'Pig' Robbins (piano and keyboard on tracks 1, 9, 11 and 16)
Buddy Harman (Sunday 23 December 1928 - Thursday 21 August 2008) (drums on all tracks, except 7, 12 and 19)
Billy Linneman (upright bass on all tracks)
Harry Wilkinson (drums on tracks 7, 12 and 19)

Harmony vocalists involved in the recording of Jimmy Capps' 'Jimmy Capps: His Guitar & Old Friends Making New Memories' included the following:

Darrell McCall (track 17)
Michele Voan Capps (tracks 9 and 11)
LaDonna Capps (tracks 4, 9, 10 and 11)
Jeanine Walker, Louis Nunley (Thursday 15 October 1931 - Friday 26 October 2012), Jim Ferguson and Wendy Johnson (tracks 7 and 13)
Carol Lee Cooper, Norah Lee Allen, Dennis McCall and Rod Fletcher (tracks 1 and 14)
Terry Eldridge (track 5)

Jimmy Capps' 'Jimmy Capps: His Guitar & Old Friends Making New Memories' was recorded at Sound Shop Studio and was dedicated to the memory of both Porter Wagoner (Friday 12 August 1927 - Sunday 28 October 2007) and Billy Walker (Monday 14 January 1929 - Sunday 21 May 2006).

Throughout his career, Jimmy Capps has received numerous awards from the 'National Academy of Recording Arts & Science'; these were awards for 'playing on the most No.1 country music hit recordings'...thus making him a member of the 'NARAS Superpickers Band' for 1978 and 1979.

In 1979, Jimmy Capps was also voted 'Most Valuable Acoustic player'.

Jimmy Capps went home to Benson, North Carolina for a special performance, when he was surprised with an honour few people receive.

State Senator Charlie Albertson read Governor James Hunt's Proclamation declaring Monday 25 May 1998 'Jimmy Capps Appreciation Day'.

As one of country music's finest guitar players, Jimmy Capps is a 'master of smoothness' and is known in the studio for his ability to move flawlessly from electric to acoustic with a polished and refined touch that he brings to every recording or performance he is a part of.



Jimmy Capps has played on many timeless country music classics.



Jimmy Capps played on Freddie Hart's 'Easy Loving' (Capitol Records, 1971); the album included 'Easy Loving' (No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for three weeks in September / October 1971).



Jimmy Capps played on George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) & Tammy Wynette's 'Golden Ring' (Epic Records, 1976); the album included 'Golden Ring' (No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in August 1976); Tammy Wynette (Tuesday 5 May 1942 - Monday 6 April 1998).



Jimmy Capps played on Kenny Rogers' 'The Gambler' (United Artist Records, 1978); the album included 'The Gambler' (No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for three weeks in December 1978 / January 1979).



Jimmy Capps played on Barbara Mandrell's 'Moods' (ABC Records, 1978); the album included 'Sleeping Single in a Double Bed' (No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for three weeks in November 1978).



Jimmy Capps played on Charley Pride's 'There's a Little Bit of Hank in Me' (RCA Records, 1980); the album included 'Honky Tonk Blues' (No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in April 1980).



Jimmy Capps played on George Jones' 'I Am What I Am' (Epic Records, 1980); the album included 'He Stopped Loving Her Today' (No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in July 1980); George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013).



Jimmy Capps played on The Oak Ridge Boys' 'Fancy' (MCA Records, 1981); the album included Dallas Frazier's 'Elvira' (No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in May / June 1981).



Jimmy Capps played on Conway Twitty's 'Mr. T' (MCA Records, 1981); the album included 'Red Neckin' Love Makin' Night' (No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in January 1982).



Jimmy Capps played on Conway Twitty's 'Merry Twismas' (Warner Bros. Records, 1983).



Jimmy Capps played on Conway Twitty's 'By Heart' (Warner Bros. Records, 1984); the album included 'I Don't Know a Thing about Love (the moon song)' (No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in October 1984).



Jimmy Capps played on Reba McEntire's 'My Kind of Country' (MCA Records, 1984); the album included 'How Blue' (No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in January 1985).



On Monday 10 November 2014, Hux Records released Reba McEntire's 'My Kind of Country' (MCA Records, 1984), along with 'Just a Little Love' (MCA Records, 1983), as a special '2-for-1' CD set (HUX142).



Jimmy Capps played on Conway Twitty's 'Don't Call Him a Cowboy' (Warner Bros. Records, 1985); the album included 'Don't Call Him a Cowboy' (No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in June 1985).



Jimmy Capps played acoustic guitar, on all tracks, on Gene Watson's 'Back in the Fire' (Warner Bros. Records, 1988); the album included 'Don't Waste it on The Blues' (No.5, 1988), 'Back in the Fire' (No.20, 1989), 'The Jukebox Played Along' (No.24, 1989) and 'The Great Divide' (No.41, 1989).



Jimmy Capps played on Alan Jackson's 'Here in the Real World' (Arista Records, 1990); the album included five Billboard country music singles, 'Blue Blooded Woman' (No.45, 1989), 'Here in the Real World' (No.3, 1990), 'Wanted' (No.3, 1990), 'Chasin' That Neon Rainbow' (No.2, 1990) and (Alan Jackson's first Billboard No.1) 'I'd Love You All Over Again' (No.1 for one week in March 1991).



Jimmy Capps played acoustic guitar on 'This Could go on Forever' (written by Jerry Vandiver and Sandy Ramos), a track which was included on Gene Watson's 'At Last' (Warner Bros. Records, 1991).



Jimmy Capps played acoustic guitar on 'The Workin' End of a Hoe' (written by Jim Rushing), a track which was included on Gene Watson's 'At Last' (Warner Bros. Records, 1991).



Jimmy Capps played acoustic guitar, on all tracks, on Gene Watson's 'Uncharted Mind' (Step One Records, 1993).



Jimmy Capps played rhythm guitar, on all tracks, on Gene Watson's 'Gene Watson...Sings' (Intersound Records, 2003).



Jimmy Capps played acoustic guitar, on all tracks, on Gene Watson's 'Gene Watson...Then & Now' (Koch Records Nashville, 2005).

Jimmy Capps has also added his distinctive guitar work to recordings by Terri Gibbs, Mac Davis, John Conlee, Janie Fricke, Moe Bandy, Joe Stampley, Billie Jo Spears (Friday 14 January 1938 - Wednesday 14 December 2011), John Denver (Friday 31 December 1943 - Sunday 12 October 1997) and Johnny Paycheck (Tuesday 31 May 1938 - Wednesday 19 February 2003), along with all of Ronnie Milsap's recordings through to 1988.

On Monday 4 November 2013, it was announced that twelve new inductees, including Jimmy Capps, would be added to The Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville.  The 2014 Induction Ceremony was held at the 10,000 seat arena of Nashville's Historic Municipal Auditorium on Tuesday 28 January 2014.  After a three year absence, this wwas the first award show held at the Historic Nashville Municipal Auditorium, the new home of The Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum.



Jimmy Capps can be seen every week on RFD-TV's 'Larry's Country Diner', where he plays the guitar-picking Sheriff Capps.  Jimmy Capps has been a member of The Grand Ole Opry Staff Band since 1967 and continues to perform regularly on The Opry.



Gene Watson and Jimmy Capps backstage at Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on Friday 19 March 2010

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