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 2013, 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 Audrey Auld, which she submitted to this site on Wednesday 6 February 2013.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Audrey Auld who made a special contribution to this unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.
This quote was submitted on Wednesday 6 February 2013.
'I love real country music, the kind Gene Watson makes.
It's hard core, authentic and heart-felt, the way good country is meant to be.
Gene honors the music while bringing his own great Texan style.
Gene is pure country!'
Thank you, Audrey Auld, for your support of Gene Watson.
About Audrey Auld...
Audrey Auld is a singer/songwriter from Tasmania, whose heart is in country music, folk music and Americana music, with a presence as big as The Outback. Audrey's songs are the wry and poignant observations of a Tassie girl living in California and Nashville since 2003. Audrey calls it 'Music with the dirt left on'.
'The only problem with Auld is trying to decide if she's more remarkable as a singer or a songwriter, which isn't the worst problem an artist can have'
John Conquest, 3rd Coast Music, Austin, Texas, April 2012
'Anyone doubting that Audrey Auld is one of the world's best songwriters should give 'Resurrection Moon' (Reckless Records, 2012) a listen'
Paul Riley, Country Music People, UK, April 2012
Audrey Auld is a memorable and uplifting entertainer. She's a spontaneous comedienne and a writer of humorous, provocative and soulful songs. A touring songwriter, Audrey won the 2006 MerleFest Song Contest and performed her winning song 'Losing Faith' with Rich Brotherton (of Robert Earl Keen's band) on guitar to a thrilled MerleFest crowd.
In 1998, Audrey Auld established Reckless Records and her debut album, 'Looking Back To See' (Reckless Records, 1999), was released in 1999 to award winning acclaim in Australia.
'Looking Back To See' (Reckless Records, 1999), which was a duet album with singer/songwriter and guitar great Bill Chambers (Dead Ringer Band, Kasey Chambers), laid a foundation for Audrey Auld's future releases, including 'The Fallen' (Reckless Records, 2000), which an ARIA nomination for 'Best Country Album' in Australia.
Audrey Auld's 'The Fallen' (Reckless Records, 2000) was her debut solo album and was a modern country album, complete with large helpings of steel guitar. The album included twelve tracks, ten of which Audrey had written herself.
Audrey Auld's 'The Fallen' (Reckless Records, 2000) included two covers; 'Alcohol & Pills' was written by Fred Eaglesmith, while 'Jackson' was written by Jerry Leiber (Tuesday 25 April 1933 - Monday 22 August 2011) and Billy Edd Wheeler in 1963.
In August 1967, Johnny Cash (Friday 26 February 1932 - Friday 12 September 2003) and June Carter (Sunday 23 June 1929 - Thursday 15 May 2003) saw the release of 'Carryin' On With Johnny Cash & June Carter' (Columbia Records, 1967); the album was re-issued by Columbia Records on Tuesday 19 March 2002.
Johnny Cash and June Carter's version of 'Jackson' was released in September 1967, reaching No.2 on the Billboard country music singles chart and winning a Grammy Award in 1968 for 'Best Country & Western Performance Duet, Trio or Group'.
This version of 'Jackson' was reprised by Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon, performing as Johnny Cash and June Carter, in the 2005 film 'Walk The Line'.
'Losing Faith' (Reckless Records, 2003) was a dark haunting release that put Audrey Auld on the map in the United States with Americana radio. She began touring the states opening shows for Todd Snider, Fred Eaglesmith and Kevin Welch, among others.
By 2004, Audrey Auld had married very well (to directly quote her), became a United States resident and was living in Stinson Beach, which is just north of San Francisco. Audrey quickly became a favourite on local radio stations, including KRSH, KRCB and KPIG, playing frequently for Sleepy John's local shows and touring the region.
'Texas' (Reckless Records, 2005), which was released in 2005, was also an ARIA 'Best Country Album' nominee in Audrey Auld's homeland. The album was recorded in Texas with Gabe Rhodes, a gifted musician, producer and son of legendary artist Kimmie Rhodes.
While in California, San Quentin Prison became a regular gig for Audrey Auld via her involvement with the Bread and Roses organisation. Her initial performance to a captive audience led to ongoing songwriting workshops with the inmates which continue today.
It was in Northern California that Audrey was introduced to guitarist extraordinaire Nina Gerber (Eliza Gilkyson, Kate Wolfe and Karla Bonoff amongst many others).
The two musically fast friends hit it off immediately and their second show together was recorded and released in 2006; 'In The House' (Reckless Records, 2006) was a stunning 'live' album.
On Friday 3 March 2006, Sunny Sweeney saw the release of her independent debut album, 'Heartbreakers Hall Of Fame' (Independent Release, 2006/Big Machine Records, 2007), which included Audrey Auld's 'Next Big Nothing'; the album was released nationally in the United States, on Tuesday 6 March 2007 by Big Machine Records.
In 2007, 'Lost Men & Angry Girls' (Reckless Records, 2007) went to No.1 on the Freeform Americana Chart, which was compiled from the worldwide play lists of radio presenters who played music for love, not money. The album showcased Audrey Auld's best writing to date and was proof of the heart and mind connection of her music and her huge capacity for compassion and humour in writing songs that everyone could relate to.
As Audrey toured the world, she delighted audiences with folk songs from her homeland, and fans requested that she record them.
In 2009, Audrey Auld saw the release of 'Billabong Song' (Reckless Records, 2009), an acoustic collection of songs that were an integral part of the fabric of Australian culture, and a poem from 1908, plus one beautiful new track written by Audrey.
Another fan request was that Audrrey Auld publish the lyrics and chords to her songs, so in 2010 she published 'Write Out Loud', which was a songbook perfect for a campfire sing-a-long or a front-porch jam session.
In 2011, Audrey Auld saw the release of what is regarded as her finest work to date; 'Come Find Me' (Reckless Records, 2011) was produced by Mark Hallman of Congress House Studios in Austin (Mark Hallman has produced albums for Eliza Gilkyson, Ani DeFranco, Tom Russell) and was a fan-funded project which earned a five-star review in the prestigious UK magazine, Country Music People.
'Audrey Auld is an amazing talent. Like a special flower in your garden. Her songs are a kind of beacon of hope, from a woman who cares, in this deeply cynical world we are all stranded in. You need to relax more, play this album'
Paul Riley, Country Music People, UK
In 2012, Audrey Auld saw the release of 'Resurrection Moon' (Reckless Records, 2012), a restrospective of favourite songs from the last decade, plus two new tracks which were recorded in Nashville.
To celebrate Woody Guthrie's 100th birthday, on Saturday 14 July 2012, Audrey Auld created a hand-made acoustic five-track CD entitled 'Wood'.
Audrey Auld's songs were included on the FX television shows 'Justified' and 'The Good Guys', performed live on the hallowed stage of the Grand Ole Opry ('Next Big Nothing' was recorded by Sunny Sweeney for Big Machine Records in 2007), sung in wedding ceremonies, played in bars and camp-fire jams. But it’s as a live entertainer where she really shines.
At the time of the acquisition of this Gene Watson 'Peer's Quote', in February 2013, Audrey Auld was living in East Nashville with her husband, dogs, chickens and frogs - growing food, writing songs, recording and touring.
Audrey Auld's 2013 album was titled 'Tonk' and was a hardcore country music album, which was recorded in Nashville and was produced by Kenny Vaughan.
Audrey realised that Kenny Vaughan, who she met during her first visit to Nashville in 2001, would be the oneperson she knew would be perfect in helping her realise her dream album; he is a great musician with deep respect for traditional country music. The first song Kenny ever played on guitar was 'Folsom Prison Blues'. After many years touring with Lucinda Williams, Kenny Vaughan, in 2013, was one of Marty Stuart's Fabulous Superlatives.
Audrey Auld's Career Highlights
San Quentin Prison - performance and ongoing songwriting workshops
Performing at The Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia
Singing harmony with Buddy Miller and band in Australia.
Touring Australia and USA with Fred Eaglesmith
Establishing Reckless Records in 1998
2 ARIA Nominations (Australian Recording Industry Association) for self-produced and self-released albums on her own Reckless Records label
4 songs cut by other artists, including Sunny Sweeney of Big Machine Records
2 Golden Guitar nominations (Australia)
Sitting with Charlie Louvin (Thursday 7 July 1927 - Wednesday 26 January 2011) in his pick-up truck listening to the pre-release album of The Louvin Bros. tribute album
Playing on Ernest Tubb’s Midnite Jamboree with Don Helms (Hank Williams’ Band) on steel guitar, Jett Williams as MC and singing harmony with Charlie Louvin (Thursday 7 July 1927 - Wednesday 26 January 2011) on 'I Saw The Light'
Recording with Kieran Kane, Fred Eaglesmith, Mary Gauthier, Dale Watson, Colin Gilmore, Bill Chambers, Kasey Chambers, Nina Gerber, Carrie Rodriguez and Gabe & Kimmie Rhodes
Singing with Tom Russell, Laurie Lewis, Jim Lauderdale, Kim Ritchie, Paul Kelly, Fred Eaglesmith, Jon Dee Graham, Gurf Morlix and Jimmie LaFave
Kasey Chambers included 'Song For Clax' in her Top Ten favourite songs in 2001
'The beauty of Audrey's work is that she understands the power of simplicity. Whether it be in a traditional country setting or on the more edgy tracks, her voice stays honest and true'
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