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Gene Watson's Peers

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 Larry Shell, which he submitted to this site on Saturday 2 February 2013.

Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Larry Shell who made a special contribution to this unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.
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Larry Shell with Gene Watson and Jerry Salley at Douglas Corner Cafe in Nashville on Thursday 18 March 2010

Larry Shell
This quote was submitted on Saturday 2 February 2013.

'There's people who sing country music, and then there's Gene Watson, who defines country music'.

Thank you, Larry Shell, for your support of Gene Watson.
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About Larry Shell...



Larry Shell has over twenty-five years experience in the music industry and is one of the most respected writers in Nashville.

Larry Shell is admired for his songwriting abilities, talent for finding great songs and his fresh artistic vision.

Among the many hit songs written by Larry Shell is 'Murder On Music Row', the IBMA’s 'Song of The Year' for 2000.

Country music artists, including Alan Jackson, Ricky Skaggs, Reba McEntire, Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016), John Michael Montgomery, George Strait, Diamond Rio, Rhonda Vincent and Alabama, among others, have cut songs written by Larry Shell.

Larry Shell is also one of the most enthusiastic, inspiring persons you will ever have the pleasure of hearing speak.

Larry Shell is an active member of IBMA and a graduate of Leadership Bluegrass, the class of 2003.

Larry Shell has served on IBMA’s 'Songwriter Showcase Committee' and has been twice selected to be a presenter at 'Leadership Bluegrass'.

Larry Shell was born in Brewton, Alabama and is an acclaimed country music songwriter and plays guitar.



Charly McClain recorded Larry Shell's 'The Very Best is You' (co-written with Frank Stephens) and included the track on 'Surround Me With Love' (Epic Records, 1982); the track reached No.5 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1982.



Charly McClain recorded Larry Shell's 'With You' (co-written with Ronald Muir) and included the track on 'Too Good To Hurry' (Records, 1983); the track reached No.7 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1983.



Charly McClain recorded Larry Shell's 'When The Love's Still There' (co-written with Frank Stephens) and included the track on 'Too Good To Hurry' (Records, 1983).



Alabama recorded Larry Shell's 'Alabama Sky' and included the track on 'The Closer You Get' (RCA Records, 1983).



Larry Shell played acoustic guitar, on all tracks, on Alabama's 'Roll On' (RCA Records, 1984).



Larry Shell played guitar, along with fellow guitarists Steve Gibson, Greg Jennings, Brent Mason, Kenny Mims, Dan Seals (Sunday 8 February 1948 - Wednesday 25 March 2009), Joe Stanley, Bobby Thompson (Monday 5 July 1937 - Wednesday 18 May 2005), Rafe VanHoy, Wendy Waldman and Paul Worley, on all tracks, on Dan Seals' 'Won't Be Blue Anymore' (Capitol Records, 1985).

Dan Seals' 'Won't Be Blue Anymore' (Capitol Records, 1985) was his fifth studio album; it was his most successful album (at the time) and was the only one to reach No.1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart.  The album featured some of Dan Seals' most popular songs, including the following Billboard hit singles:

'Meet Me in Montana' (No.1 for one week in October 1985) / this track was a duet with Marie Osmond
'Bop' (No.1 for one week in January 1986) / this track was also a major crossover hit, peaking at No.10 on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks Chart in 1986
'Everything That Glitters (Is Not Gold)' (No.1 for one week in July 1986)



Janie Fricke recorded Larry Shell's 'No Ordinary Memory' (co-written with Jeffrey M. Tweel) and included the track on 'Labor of Love' (Columbia Records, 1989).



Ricky Skaggs recorded Larry Shell's 'Fields of Home' (co-written with Larry Cordle) and included the track on 'Kentucky Thunder' (Epic Records, 1989).



Ricky Skaggs recorded Larry Shell's 'Lonesome For You' (co-written with Larry Cordle) and included the track on 'Kentucky Thunder' (Epic Records, 1989).



Jo-El Sonnier recorded Larry Shell's 'Ooh, Ooh, Ooh' (co-written with Bucky Lindsey and Jo-El Sonnier) and included the track on 'Have a Little Faith' (RCA Records, 1989).



David Parmley recorded Larry Shell's 'Grandpaw's Radio' (co-written with Larry Cordle) and included the track on 'I Know a Good Thing' (Sugar Hill Records, 1989).



Mike Auldridge, with Lou Reid and Michael Coleman, recorded Larry Shell's 'Lonesome For You' (co-written with Larry Cordle) and included the track on 'High Time' (Sugar Hill Records, 1990).



Shenandoah recorded Larry Shell's 'Puttin' New Roots Down' (co-written with Larry Cordle) and included the track on 'Extra Mile' (Columbia Records, 1990).



Reba McEntire recorded Larry Shell's 'Rumor Has It' (co-written with Bruce Burch and Vern Dant) and included the track on 'Rumor Has It' (MCA Records, 1990); the track reached No.3 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in February 1991.



Gene Watson recorded Larry Shell's 'You Can't Take It With You When You Go', which was co-written with Larry Cordle and Bert Colwell (Tuesday 4 April 1944 - Monday 31 July 2017), and included the track on 'At Last' (Warner Bros. Records, 1991).



Ricky Skaggs recorded Larry Shell's 'You Can't Take It With You When You Go', which was co-written with Larry Cordle and Bert Colwell (Tuesday 4 April 1944 - Monday 31 July 2017), and included the track on 'My Father's Son' (Epic Records, 1991).



Mark Collie recorded Larry Shell's 'It Don't Take a Lot' (co-written with Mark Collie) and included the track on 'Born & Raised in Black & White' (MCA Records, 1991); the track reached No.70 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 1991.



Diamond Rio recorded Larry Shell's 'Mama, Don't Forget To Pray For Me' (co-written with Larry Cordle) and included the track on 'Diamond Rio' (Arista Records, 1991); the track reached No.9 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 1991.



Sammy Kershaw recorded Larry Shell's 'Every Third Monday' (co-written with Billy Henderson and Larry Cordle) and included the track on 'Don't Go Near The Water' (Mercury Records, 1991).



Ricky Van Shelton recorded Larry Shell's 'Some Things Are Better Left Alone' (co-written with Roger Murrah) and included the track on 'Backroads' (Columbia Records, 1991).



IIIrd Tyme Out recorded Larry Shell's 'Puttin' New Roots Down' (co-written with Larry Cordle) and included the track on 'Puttin' New Roots Down' (Rebel Records, 1992).



Larry Cordle, Glen Duncan & Lonesome Standard Time recorded Larry Shell's 'You Can't Take It With You When You Go', which was co-written with Larry Cordle and Bert Colwell (Tuesday 4 April 1944 - Monday 31 July 2017), and included the track on 'Lonesome Standard Time' (Sugar Hill Records, 1992).



Larry Cordle, Glen Duncan & Lonesome Standard Time recorded Larry Shell's 'The Fields of Home' (co-written with Larry Cordle) and included the track on 'Lonesome Standard Time' (Sugar Hill Records, 1992).



John Michael Montgomery recorded Larry Shell's 'Taking Off The Edge' (co-written with Larry Cordle) and included the track on 'Life's a Dance' (Atlantic Records, 1992).



David Palmley recorded Larry Shell's 'Poor Man's Paradise' (co-written with Larry Cordle and Keith Perry) and included the track on 'Southern Heritage' (Rebel Records, 1994).



Amie Comeaux (Saturday 4 December 1976 - Sunday 21 December 1997) recorded Larry Shell's 'Movin Out' and included the track on 'Moving Out' (Polydor Records, 1994).



In 1995, Larry Shell produced the self-titled debut album from 4Runner; '4Runner' (Polygram Records, 1995).






The Kendalls, Jeannie Kendall and Royce Kendall (Wednesday 25 September 1935 - Friday 22 May 1998), recorded Larry Shell's 'What's The Feeling' (co-written with Ron Moore and Larry Cordle) and included the track on 'Make A Dance' (Lonesome Dove Records, 1995).

Larry Cordle, Glen Duncan & Lonesome Standard Time recorded Larry Shell's 'I Can't Put My Arms Around A Memory' (co-written with Ron Moore and Larry Cordle) and included the track on 'Lonesome As It Gets' (Sugar Hill Records, 1995).

Larry Cordle, Glen Duncan & Lonesome Standard Time recorded Larry Shell's 'Possession's Nine-Tenths of The Law' (co-written with Larry Cordle) and included the track on 'Lonesome As It Gets' (Sugar Hill Records, 1995).

The New Coon Creek Girls recorded Larry Shell's 'Country in My Genes' (co-written with Larry Cordle) and included the track on 'Ain't Love A Good Thing' (Pinecastle Records, 1995).

Rhonda Vincent recorded Larry Shell's 'It Ain't Nothing New' (co-written with Larry Cordle and Betty Key) and included the track on 'Trouble Free' (Giant Records, 1996); the track was a duet with Randy Travis.

Freddie Hart recorded Larry Shell's 'Don't Ever Let Go' (co-written with Finley Duncan and Freddie Hart) and included the track on 'I Will Never Die' (Music Mill Records, 1996).

The Osborne Brothers recorded Larry Shell's 'You Don't Have To Go Home (But You Can't Stay Here)' (co-written with Jerry Salley and Larry Cordle) and included the track on 'Class of '96' (Pinecastle Records, 1996).

Tammy Graham recorded Larry Shell's 'Old Heartaches' (co-written with Billy Henderson and Larry Cordle) and included the track on 'Tammy Graham' (Arista Records, 1997).

The Osborne Brothers recorded Larry Shell's 'Grandpaw's Radio' (co-written with Larry Cordle) and included the track on 'Hyden' (Pinecastle Records, 1998).

Nat Stuckey (Sunday 17 December 1933 - Wednesday 24 August 1988) recorded Larry Shell's 'Rebel' (co-written with Gary Gentry) and included the track on 'Pop A Top' (Music Row Talent Records, 1998); Ann M. Stuckey authorised the release of Nat Stuckey's 'Pop A Top' (Music Row Talent Records, 1998), which was subsequently released by Orchard Records in 2002.

Larry Cordle, Glen Duncan & Lonesome Standard Time recorded Larry Shell's 'Black Diamond Strings' (co-written with Larry Cordle) and included the track on 'Music On Music Row' (Shell Point Records, 1999).

Larry Cordle, Glen Duncan & Lonesome Standard Time recorded Larry Shell's 'I'm Not The First' (co-written with Larry Cordle) and included the track on 'Music On Music Row' (Shell Point Records, 1999).

Larry Cordle, Glen Duncan & Lonesome Standard Time recorded Larry Shell's 'Murder On Music Row' (co-written with Larry Cordle) and included the track on 'Music On Music Row' (Shell Point Records, 1999).

'Murder On Music Row' (Shell Point Records, 1999) also included a fine narration, featuring Bert Colwell (Tuesday 4 April 1944 - Monday 31 July 2017), which tells of the sad demise of the 'Old Kentucky Miners'.

The Johnny Staats Project recorded Larry Shell's 'You Can't Take It With You When You Go', which was co-written with Larry Cordle and Bert Colwell (Tuesday 4 April 1944 - Monday 31 July 2017), and included the track on 'Wires & Wood' (Giant Records, 2000).

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George Strait & Alan Jackson recorded Larry Shell's 'Murder On Music Row' (co-written with Larry Cordle) and included the track on 'Latest Greatest Straitest Hits' (MCA Records, 2000); the track received the Country Music Association (CMA) 'Song of the Year' Award in 2000 and reached No.38 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 2000.

Loretta Lynn recorded Larry Shell's 'Country in My Genes' (co-written with Larry Cordle and Betty Key) and included the track on 'Still Country' (Audium Records, 2000).

Leona Williams and Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) recorded Larry Shell's 'We Agree That We Must Be in Love' and included the track on 'Old Loves Never Die' (Bear Family Records, 2001).

'Old Loves Never Die' (Bear Family Records, 2001) from Leona Williams and Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) was released on Sunday 8 July 2001 by Bear Family Records.

This release restored all of Leona Williams' surviving Mercury recordings, including her 1983 duet album 'Heart To Heart' with her then-husband Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016), as well as her 1984 solo effort 'Someday When Things Are Good', including six never before released tracks.

Kevin Denney recorded Larry Shell's 'Takin' Off The Edge' (co-written with Larry Cordle) and included the track on 'Kevin Denney' (Lyric Street Records, 2002).

Kevin Denney recorded Larry Shell's 'Daddy Was a Navy Man' (co-written with Larry Cordle) and included the track on 'Kevin Denney' (Lyric Street Records, 2002).

Blue Highway recorded Larry Shell's 'Seven Sundays in a Row', which was co-written with Wayne Taylor and Kim Williams (), and included the track on 'Wondrous Love' (Rounder Records, 2003).

Don Rigsby recorded Larry Shell's 'What Lays Down the Road' (co-written with Larry Cordle) and included the track on 'The Midnight Call' (Rounder Records, 2003).

Don Rigsby recorded Larry Shell's 'Green Ivy Vine', which was co-written with Kim Williams (), and included the track on 'The Midnight Call' (Rounder Records, 2003).

Don Rigsby recorded Larry Shell's 'Come in Out of The Rain' (co-written with Larry Cordle and Rupert Wates) and included the track on 'The Midnight Call' (Rounder Records, 2003).

Glen Bonham recorded Larry Shell's 'Fields of Home' (co-written with Larry Cordle) and included the track on 'Glen Bonham' (Scena Records, 2003).

Keith Norris recorded Larry Shell's 'You Know It's Country', which was co-written with Earl Clark and Kim Williams (), and included the track on 'Deuce' (Tektonic Records, 2003).

Alecia Nugent recorded Larry Shell's 'My First Mistake' (co-written with Larry Cordle) and included the track on 'Alecia Nugent' (Rounder Records, 2004).

Alecia Nugent recorded Larry Shell's 'You Don't Have To Go Home' (co-written with Larry Cordle and Jerry Salley) and included the track on 'Alecia Nugent' (Rounder Records, 2004).

Mountain Heart recorded Larry Shell's 'Born On The Wind', which was co-written with Jim VanCleve and Kim Williams (), and included the track on 'Force of Nature' (Skaggs Family Records, 2004).

In May 2004, it was announced that Larry Shell has been named to the newly created position of senior Vice President/Creative Director for Broken Bow Record's affiliated publishing company, Magic Mustang Music. Larry was also expected to serve as Vice President of A&R for Broken Bow Records.

In addition to heading the publishing division, Larry Shell had also signed an exclusive publishing arrangement with the unit. Magic Mustang's roster of songwriters at the time also included Randy Boudreaux, Craig Morgan, Sherrie Austin, D. Scott Miller, Elbert West, Joanie Keller and Jason Aldean.

The Oak Ridge Boys recorded Larry Shell's 'You Don't Have To Go Home (But You Can't Stay Here)' (co-written with Jerry Salley and Larry Cordle) and included the track on 'The Journey' (Springhill Records, 2004).

Jeannie Kendall recorded Larry Shell's 'It Always Rains' (co-written with Rebecca Lynn Howard and Larry Cordle) and included the track on 'All The Girls I Am' (Golden/CBuJ Entertainment Records, 2005).

Con Hunley recorded Larry Shell's 'That Old Clock', which was co-written with Con Hunley and Kim Williams (), and included the track on 'Shoot From The Heart' (IMMI Records, 2006).

Con Hunley recorded Larry Shell's 'Hollow Man', which was co-written with Steve Gulley and Kim Williams (), and included the track on 'Shoot From The Heart' (IMMI Records, 2006).

Larry Stephenson recorded Larry Shell's 'Baby Shoes', which was co-written with Tim Stafford and Kim Williams (), and included the track on 'Life Stories' (Pinecastle Records, 2006).

Don Rigsby & Midnight Call recorded Larry Shell's 'Make God Laugh', which was co-written with Kim Williams (), and included the track on 'Hillbilly Heartache' (Rebel Records, 2006).

Don Rigsby & Midnight Call recorded Larry Shell's 'Any Bar in Birmingham', which was co-written with Tim Stafford and Kim Williams (), and included the track on 'Hillbilly Heartache' (Records, 2006).

Bradley Walker recorded Larry Shell's 'When I'm Hurting' (co-written with Larry Cordle) and included the track on 'Highway Of Dreams' (Rounder Records, 2006).

Steve Holy recorded Larry Shell's 'A Cliff in Colorado', which was co-written with Randy Boudreaux and Kim Williams (), and included the track on 'Brand New Girlfriend' (Curb Records, 2006).

Larry Sparks recorded Larry Shell's 'The Last Suit You Wear', which was co-written with Kim Williams (), and included the track on 'The Last Suit You Wear' (McCoury Music Records, 2007).

James Otto recorded Larry Shell's 'When A Woman's Not Watching' (co-written with James Otto) and included the track on 'Sunset Man' (Raybaw Records / Warner Bros. Records, 2008).

Larry Sparks recorded Larry Shell's 'The Dying Drunkards Request' (co-written with Buddy Cannon) and included the track on 'I Don't Regret A Mile' (Sparks Music Records, 2008).

Jamie Johnson recorded Larry Shell's 'Front Porch Swing Afternoon' (co-written with Buddy Cannon and Jamie Johnson) and included the track on 'The Guitar Song' (Mercury Records, 2010).


Gene Watson and Rhonda Vincent recorded Larry Shell's 'It Ain't Nothing New' (co-written with Larry Cordle and Betty Key) and included the track on 'Your Money & My Good Looks' (Upper Management Music, 2011).



Larry Shell with Gene Watson and Jerry Salley at Douglas Corner Cafe in Nashville on Thursday 18 March 2010
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