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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 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 Bruce C. Bouton, which he submitted to this site on Wednesday 23 January 2013.

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



Photograph credit: Michael G. Scott, Marcel Parijs and Bruce Bouton



Bruce C. Bouton
This quote was submitted on Wednesday 23 January 2013.

'Gene Watson is one of the top singers in my country music book and has been a big influence to me.

Gene Watson & Rhonda Vincent: 'Your Money and My Good Looks' (Upper Management Music, 2011)

I was thrilled when he included my song 'This Wanting You' on the marvelous duet album he did with the fabulous Rhonda Vincent'.

Thank you, Bruce Bouton, for your support of Gene Watson.

About Bruce Bouton...

Bruce Bouton was born in South Carolina, but was raised in Virginia outside of District of Columbia.

Bruce played regular guitar for awhile and then started playing steel guitar while attending college in Richmond, Virginia. His first guitar was a double neck Emmons, and th lap steel guitar came later.

During his high school days, Bruce Bouton sang in the choir and madrigals.

In the early days of his music career, Bruce Bouton worked with Dottie West (Tuesday 11 October 1932 - Wednesday 4 September 1991), Freddie Hart, Johnny Russell (Tuesday 23 January 1940 - Tuesday 3 July 2001), Ray Flacke, Jimmy C. Newman (Monday 29 August 1927 - Saturday 21 June 2014) and Lacy J. Dalton, prior to his work with Ricky Skaggs, who was Bruce's first opportunity to participate in recording sessions.

This was, in effect, the beginning of Bruce Bouton's recording career.

During the 1980s, the name of steel guitar player Bruce Bouton was synonymously linked to Ricky Skaggs and his band.

Although famous steel guitar players such as Buddy Emmons, Lloyd Green and Weldon Myrick were on a few of Ricky Skaggs' early recordings, Bruce Bouton drew everyone's attention with his tasteful backings, solos, licks and creamy sounds on his Emmons push-pull D10, which contributed a lot to Ricky Skaggs success.

Bruce Bouton was a major part of the Ricky Skaggs album 'Live In London' (Epic Records, 1986). Later on, Bruce became an in-demand steel guitar player for studio session work and became involved in several recording sessions for Garth Brooks and Shania Twain.

In 2000, Bruce Bouton was invited by Dutch steel player and teacher Johan Jansen to take part in a steel seminar during the 'Steeldays 2000' event, which was held near Arnhem, in the south-eastern part of The Netherlands; it was at this time that Bruce achieved fame with his skillful instruction on the Homespun videotape 'Learn To Play E9th'.

In the years between 2008 and 2011, Bruce Bouton toured, and recorded with, Reba McEntire.

Please Note
Segments of the information above about Bruce Bouton were taken from an interview, conducted with Bruce Bouton, by Jan Visser in The Netherlands, in January 2011

Photograph credit: Michael G. Scott, Marcel Parijs and Bruce Bouton


Bruce Bouton played steel guitar, on all tracks, on Ricky Skaggs' 'Waitin' For The Sun To Shine' (Epic Records, 1981), which was released in May 1981.

Ricky Skaggs' 'Waitin' For The Sun To Shine' (Epic Records, 1981) included the following tracks:

'Don't Get Above Your Raising' (No.16, 1981)
'You May See Me Walking' (No.9, 1981)
'Crying My Heart Out Over You' (No.1 for one week in April/May 1982)
'I Don't Care' (No.1 for one week in July/August 1982)

On Sunday 16 May 1982, Ricky Skaggs became the youngest member of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

Bruce Bouton, Lloyd Green and Weldon Myrick played steel guitar, on all tracks, on Ricky Skaggs' 'Highways And Heartaches' (Epic Records, 1982), which was released in September 1982.

Ricky Skaggs' 'Highways And Heartaches' (Epic Records, 1982) included the following tracks:

'Heartbroke' (No.1 for one week in November 1982)
'You've Got A Lover (No.2, 1982)
'I Wouldn't Change You If I Could (No.1 for one week in March 1983)
'Highway 40 Blues' (written by Larry Cordle) (No.1 for one week in July 1983)


Ricky Skaggs' 'Don't Cheat In Our Hometown' (Epic Records, 1983), which was released in October 1983, included the following tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Don't Cheat In Our Hometown' (No.1 for one week in February 1984)
'Honey (Open That Door)' (written by Mel Tillis) (No.1 for one week in June 1984)
'Uncle Pen' (No.1 for one week in October 1984)


Bruce Bouton played steel guitar, on all tracks, on Ricky Skaggs' 'Country Boy' (Epic Records, 1984), which was released in October 1984.

Ricky Skaggs' 'Country Boy' (Epic Records, 1984) included the following tracks:

'Something In My Heart' (No.2, February 1985)
'Country Boy' (No.1 for one week in June 1985)


Bruce Bouton played steel guitar and dobro, on all tracks, on Ricky Skaggs' 'Live In London' (Epic Records, 1985), which was recorded 'live' in the Dominion Theatre in London, England in early 1985; the album was released in October 1985.

Ricky Skaggs' 'Live In London' (Epic Records, 1985) included the following tracks:

'You Make Me Feel Like A Man' (No.7, 1985)
'Cajun Moon' (written by Jim Rushing) (No.1 for one week in April 1986)
'I've Got A New Heartache' (No.10, 1986)

T. Graham Brown recorded Bruce Bouton's 'This Wanting You' (co-written with T. Graham Brown and Bruce Burch) and included the track on 'Come As You Were' (Capitol Records, 1988).

Mark Collie recorded Bruce Bouton's 'Deliver Me' (co-written with Mark Collie) and included the track on 'Hardin County Line' (MCA Records, 1990).

Bruce Bouton played steel guitar, on all tracks, on Garth Brooks' self-titled debut album, 'Garth Brooks' (Capitol Nashville Records, 1989), which was released on Wednesday 12 April 1989.

Garth Brooks' self-titled debut album, 'Garth Brooks' (Capitol Nashville Records, 1989), included the following tracks:

'If Tomorrow Never Comes' (written by Kent Blazy and Garth Brooks) (No.1 for one week in December 1989)
'Alabama Clay' (written by Larry Cordle and R. Scaife)
'The Dance' (written by Tony Arata) (No.1, 1990)

Bruce Bouton played steel guitar and provided background vocals, on all tracks, on Garth Brooks' 'No Fences' (Capitol Nashville Records, 1990), which was released on Monday 27 August 1990.

Garth Brooks' 'No Fences' (Capitol Nashville Records, 1990) included the following tracks:

'Victim Of The Game' (written by Mark D. Sanders and Garth Brooks)
'Same Old Story' (written by Tony Arata)

Garth Brooks recorded Bruce Bouton's 'Against The Grain' (co-written with Larry Cordle and Carl Jackson) and included the track on 'Ropin' The Wind' (Liberty Records, 1991).

Bruce Bouton played lap & pedal steel guitars, and dobro, on all tracks, on Garth Brooks' 'Ropin' The Wind' (Liberty Records, 1991), which was released on Tuesday 10 September 1991.

Garth Brooks' 'Ropin' The Wind' (Liberty Records, 1991) included the following track:

'Cold Shoulder' (written by Kent Blazy, Kim Williams and Garth Brooks)

Glen Campbell recorded Bruce Bouton's 'Who's Minding The Garden' (co-written with Alice Randall) and included the track on 'Wings Of Victory' (New Haven Records, 1992).

Bruce Bouton played steel guitar, on all tracks, on Garth Brooks' 'Beyond The Season' (Liberty Records, 1992), which was released on Tuesday 25 August 1992.

Bruce Bouton played steel guitar, on all tracks, on Garth Brooks' 'The Chase' (Liberty Records, 1992), which was released on Tuesday 22 September 1992.

Garth Brooks' 'The Chase' (Liberty Records, 1992) included the following tracks:

'Somewhere Other Than the Night' (written by Kent Blazy and Garth Brooks)
'Something With A Ring To It' (written by Aaron Tippin and Mark Collie)
'Face To Face' (written by Tony Arata)

George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) recorded Bruce Bouton's 'Walls Can Fall', which was written by Frank Dycus (Tuesday 5 December 1939 - Friday 23 November 2012) and Billy Yates, and included the track on 'Walls Can Fall' (MCA Nashville Records, 1992).

The Dillards recorded Bruce Bouton's 'Against The Grain' (co-written with Larry Cordle and Carl Jackson) and included the track on 'Take Me Along For The Ride' (Vanguard Records, 1992).

Bruce Bouton played steel guitar, on all tracks, on Garth Brooks' 'In Pieces' (Liberty Records, 1993), which was released on Tuesday 31 August 1993.

Garth Brooks' 'In Pieces' (Liberty Records, 1993) included the following tracks:

'Standing Outside The Fire' (written by Jenny Yates and Garth Brooks) (No.3, 1994)
'American Honky-Tonk Bar Association' (written by Bryan Kennedy and Jim Rushing) (No.1, 1993)
'Kickin' And Screaming' (written by Tony Arata)
'Ain't Goin' Down ('Til The Sun Comes Up)' (written by Kent Blazy, Kim Williams and Garth Brooks) (No.1, 1993)
'The Red Strokes' (written by James Garver, Lisa Sanderson, Jenny Yates and Garth Brooks) (No.49, 1993)
'The Night Will Only Know' (written by Stephanie Davis, Jenny Yates and Garth Brooks)

On Tuesday 11 October 1994, Bruce Bouton saw the release of 'Mama's Hungry Eyes: A Tribute To Merle Haggard' (Arista Records, 1994); Bruce served as mastermind and executive producer of the project, which was a multi-artist tribute album to Merle Haggard and a fund-raiser for Second Harvest Food Banks.

The full track listing of 'Mama's Hungry Eyes: A Tribute To Merle Haggard' (Arista Records, 1994) ran as follows:

1 'The Bottle Let Me Down': Brooks & Dunn (Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn)
2 'I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am': Clint Black
3 'Silver Wings': Pam Tillis
4 'Everybody's Had The Blues': Randy Travis
5 'The Farmer's Daughter': Vince Gill
6 'Workin' Man Blues': Diamond Rio, Lee Roy Parnell and Steve Wariner
7 'The Running Kind': Radney Foster
8 'Sing Me Back Home': Alabama
9 'Trying Not To Love You': Alan Jackson
10 'I Threw Away The Rose': Lorrie Morgan
11 'Mama Tried': John Anderson and Marty Stuart
12 'Today I Started Loving You Again': Willie Nelson
13 'Mama's Hungry Eyes': Emmylou Harris

Bruce Bouton played steel guitar, on all tracks, on Garth Brooks' 'Fresh Horses' (Capitol Nashville Records, 1995), which was released on Tuesday 21 November 1995.

Garth Brooks' 'Fresh Horses' (Capitol Nashville Records, 1995) included the following tracks:

'Cowboys And Angels' (written by Kent Blazy, Kim Williams and Garth Brooks)
'Rolling', written by Harley Allen (Monday 23 January 1956 - Wednesday 30 March 2011), Allen Reynolds and Garth Brooks
'The Change' (written by Tony Arata and Wayne Tester) (No.19, 1996)
'It's Midnight Cinderella' (written by Kim Williams, Kent Blazy and Garth Brooks) (No.5, mid-1996)
'Ireland' (written by Stephanie Davis, Jenny Yates and Garth Brooks)

George Strait recorded Bruce Bouton's 'I Ain't Never Seen No One Like You' (co-written with Mark Chesnutt and Roger Springer) and included the track on 'Blue Clear Sky' (MCA Nashville Records, 1996).

George Strait's 'Blue Clear Sky' (MCA Nashville Records, 1996) also included the following tracks:

'Blue Clear Sky' (written by Bob DiPiero, John Jarrard and Mark D. Sanders) (No.1, 1996)
'Carried Away' (written by Steve Bogard and Jeff Stevens) (No.1, 1996)
'Rockin' In The Arms Of Your Memory' (written by Dean Dillon and Norro Wilson)
'I'd Just As Soon Go' (written by Aaron Barker and Dean Dillon)
'Need I Say More' (written by Clay Blaker and Roger Brown)

Bruce Bouton played steel guitar, on all tracks, on Garth Brooks' 'Sevens' (Capitol Nashville Records, 1997), which was released on Tuesday 25 November 1997.

Garth Brooks' 'Sevens' (Capitol Nashville Records, 1997) included the following tracks:

'Longneck Bottle' (written by Rick Carnes and Steve Wariner)
'How You Ever Gonna Know' (written by Kent Blazy and Garth Brooks)
'She's Gonna Make It' (written by Kent Blazy, Kim Williams and Garth Brooks)
'I Don't Have To Wonder' (written by Shawn Camp and Taylor Dunn)
'Two Piña Coladas' (written by Shawn Camp, Benita Hill and Sandy Manson)
'Fit For A King' (written by Jim Rushing and Carl Jackson)
'When There's No One Around' (written by Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott)

Mark Wills recorded Bruce Bouton's 'Love Is Alive', which was co-written with Charlie Craig (Friday 30 September 1938 - Friday 1 July 2011) and Shane Teeters, and included the track on 'Wish You Were Here' (Mercury Nashville Records, 1998).

Mark Wills' 'Wish You Were Here' (Mercury Nashville Records, 1998) also included the following tracks:

'Don't Think I Won't' (written by Ted Hewitt, Rodney Atkins and Max T. Barnes)
'Wish You Were Here' (written by Skip Ewing, Bill Anderson and Debbie Moore)
'She's In Love' (written by Keith Stegall and Dan Hill)
'Help Me Fall' (written by Skip Ewing and Donny Kees)
'It's Working' (written by Bob Regan and Max T. Barnes)
'I Do (Cherish You)' (written by Keith Stegall and Dan Hill)

Bruce Bouton played dobro, electric guitar, steel guitar and lap steel guitar on Garth Brooks' 'Limited Series' (Capitol Records/Pearl Records, 1998), which was released on Tuesday 5 May 1998.

Garth Brooks' 'Limited Series' (Capitol Records/Pearl Records, 1998) was a box set comprising re-issues of Garth's first six albums, with a bonus track added to each.

 

'Garth Brooks' (Capitol Nashville Records, 1989)
Bonus track: 'Uptown Down Home Good Ol' Boy' (written by DeWayne Blackwell and Earl Bud Lee)

'No Fences' (Capitol Nashville Records, 1990)
Bonus track: 'This Ain't Tennessee' (written by Larry Bastian and James Shaw)

'Ropin' The Wind' (Liberty Records, 1991)
Bonus track: 'Which One Of Them' (written by Garth Brooks)

 

'The Chase' (Liberty Records, 1992)
Bonus track: 'Something With A Ring To It' (written by Aaron Tippin and Mark Collie)

'In Pieces' (Liberty Records, 1993)
Bonus track: 'Anonymous' (written by Tony Arata and Jon Schwabe)

'Fresh Horses' (Capitol Nashville Records, 1995)
Bonus track: 'To Make You Feel My Love' (Bob Dylan)

Ilse DeLange recorded Bruce Bouton's 'I'm Not So Tough' (co-written with Hillary Lindsey and Robert Ellis Orrall) and included the track on 'World Of Hurt' (Warner Bros. Records, 1998).

George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) recorded Bruce Bouton's 'This Wanting You' (co-written with T. Graham Brown and Bruce Burch) and included the track on 'Cold Hard Truth' (Asylum Records, 1999).

Mindy McCready (Sunday 30 November 1975 - Sunday 17 February 2013) recorded Bruce Bouton's 'I'm Not So Tough' (co-written with Hillary Lindsey and Robert Ellis Orrall) and included the track on 'I'm Not So Tough' (BNA Records, 1999).

Mindy McCready (Sunday 30 November 1975 - Sunday 17 February 2013) recorded Bruce Bouton's 'Two Different Things' (co-written with Hillary Lindsey and Gary Burr) and included the track on 'I'm Not So Tough' (BNA Records, 1999).

Bruce Bouton played steel and slide guitars, on all tracks, on Garth Brooks' 'Scarecrow' (Capitol Nashville Records, 2001), which was released on Tuesday 13 November 2001.

Garth Brooks' 'Scarecrow' (Capitol Nashville Records, 2001) included the following tracks:

'Why Ain't I Running' (written by Kent Blazy, Tony Arata and Garth Brooks)
'Beer Run (B Double E Double Are You In?)' (written by Kim Williams, Amanda Williams, Keith Anderson, George Ducas and Kent Blazy) / this track was a duet with George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013)
'The Storm' (written by Kent Blazy, Kim Williams and Garth Brooks)
'Thicker Than Blood' (written by Jenny Yates and Garth Brooks)
'Big Money' (written by Shawn Camp, Randy Hardison and Wynn Varble)
'When You Come Back To Me Again' (theme from the movie 'Frequency') (written by Jenny Yates and Garth Brooks)

The Larkins recorded Bruce Bouton's 'Head Over Heels' (co-written with Randy Kohrs, Shaunna Larkin and Tina Larkin) and included the track on 'The Larkins' (Audium Records, 2003).

For The Larkins project, Audium Records handpicked producer Bruce Bouton, the man who, as his pedal steel guitarist, helped Ricky Skaggs turn country music on its ear in the 1980s with the traditional 'back to the basics' sound.

At the time, Bruce Bouton was quoted as saying 'In The Larkins I see the next generation and the next bright new hope for our music. They're true to their roots but there’s a new energy that’s turned everything up a notch or two to really reach the listeners of today - being young and beautiful The Larkins will reach kids who are turning on to a more traditional sound for perhaps the first time'.

The Larkins' self-titled debut album, 'The Larkins' (Audium Records, 2003), included the following tracks:

'Above It All' (written by Steve Bogard and Tom Shapiro)
'Steady As The Rain' (written by Dolly Parton)
'Jesus, Daddy And You' (written by Rebecca Lynn Howard and Kim Williams)
'Kiss And Tell' (written by Rebecca Lynn Howard and Kim Williams)

The Oak Ridge Boys recorded Bruce Bouton's 'Goin' Against The Grain' (co-written with Larry Cordle and Carl Jackson) and included the track on 'The Journey' (Springhill Records, 2004).

Gene Watson & Rhonda Vincent: 'Your Money and My Good Looks' (Upper Management Music, 2011)

Gene Watson and Rhonda Vincent recorded Bruce Bouton's 'This Wanting You' (co-written with T. Graham Brown and Bruce Burch) and included the track on 'Your Money and My Good Looks' (Upper Management Music, 2011).

Bruce Bouton is one of the instrumental stars on the Nashville studio scene.

After five years of playing with Ricky Skaggs (his steel guitar solos can be heard on country music hits 'Heartbroke', 'Country Boy', 'You May See Me Walking’ and 'Highway 40 Blues').

Bruce Bouton has also toured with Mel Tillis and Foster & Lloyd (Radney Foster and Bill Lloyd). Bruce Bouton has also concentrated on session work, playing on albums by Kathy Mattea, Garth Brooks, Emmylou Harris, Shania Twain, Wynonna, The O’Kanes (Kieran Kane & Jamie O'Hara), Randy Travis, The Oak Ridge Boys and Pam Tillis.

Bruce Bouton: Timeline
Bruce Bouton Productions, Nashville: 1990 - Present (President/Owner)
Slide Bar Music, Nashville: 1990 - Present (Writer/Owner of an Independent Publishing Company)
Famous Music Publishing, Nashville: 1998 - 2000 (Staff Writer)
EMI Music Publishing, Nashville: 1996 - 1998 (Staff Writer)

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