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 Diana Jones, which she submitted to this site on Wednesday 4 December 2013.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Diana Jones who made a special contribution to this unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.
This quote was submitted on Wednesday 4 December 2013.
'Gene Watson's voice and delivery are like going to the source of pure and classic country, from a time when it was being invented'.
Thank you, Diana Jones, for your support of Gene Watson.
About Diana Jones...
Diana Jones is an award-winning singer-songwriter, who is based in Nashville. Diana grew up in the north-east with no art or music in her home, the adopted daughter of a chemical engineer.
During her childhood and adolescence, Diana Jones felt an almost mystical, seemingly inexplicable attraction to rural Southern music, but it wasn’t until her late twenties, when she located her birth family in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in east Tennessee, that her deep affinity for traditional folk and Appalachian music began to make sense.
On Tuesday 27 June 2006, Diana Jones saw the release of 'My Remembrance Of You' (NewSong Recordings, 2006), which earned her a nomination as 'Best Emerging Artist' at The Folk Alliance Awards, leading to tours with Richard Thompson and Mary Gauthier, appearances at folk festivals on both sides of the Atlantic, and covers of her songs by Gretchen Peters and Joan Baez.
Joan Baez recorded Diana Jones' 'Henry Russell's Last Words' and included the track on on her Grammy-nominated album 'Day After Tomorrow' (Proper Records, 2008).
Gretchen Peters recorded Diana Jones' 'If I Had A Gun' (co-written with Rebecca Folsom, Celeste Krenz and Elizabeth Barnez) and included the track on 'One To The Heart, One To The Head' (Frontera Records/Scarlet Letter Records, 2009); this album was a project Gretchen Peters recorded with Tom Russell.
In May 2007, Diana Jones saw the release of 'Radio Soul', a self-released album recorded under the name of 'Byrdjones', which was a collaboration with fellow contemporary folk singer-songwriter Jonathan Byrd. The duo assembled the album in preparation for a series of tours in which they split the bill across parts of Europe and the United states.
The entire album was recorded in seven hours with only a few days of rehearsal. The recording was engineered by Bruce Chandler at Nashville Record Barn in Nashville.
On Tuesday 19 May 2009, Diana Jones saw the release of 'Better Times Will Come' (Proper Records, 2009); notable names lending a hand on the album included Mary Gauthier, Nanci Griffith and Betty Elders, along with The Old Crow Medicine Show's Ketch Secor.
On Tuesday 5 April 2011, Diana Jones saw the release of 'High Atmosphere' (Proper Records, 2011).
The release of both 'Better Times Will Come' (Proper Records, 2009) and 'High Atmosphere' (Proper Records, 2011) helped to establish Diana Jones' reputation as one of the premier artists in the folk music/Americana world.
On Monday 8 July 2013, Diana Jones saw the release, in the UK, Ireland and Europe, of 'Museum Of Appalachia Recordings’ (Proper Records, 2013), which was appropriately recorded at The Museum of Appalachia in Clinton, Tennessee; the album was subsequently released in the United States by Goldmine Records on Tuesday 5 November 2013.
At the time of the acquisition of this Gene Watson 'Peer's Quote', in December 2013, Diana Jones was maintaining an active touring schedule in Europe, UK and Ireland, along with dates in the United States.
Diana Jones has performed and toured with Nanci Griffith, Richard Thompson, Steve Earle, Mary Gauthier, Ralph Stanley and Janis Ian.
In addition to her musical career, Diana Jones is an accomplished portrait artist and is currently at work on a memoir.
Connect with Diana Jones at dianajonesmusic.com