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 Lee Roy of THE ROYS, which he submitted to this site on Friday 26 July 2013.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Lee Roy of THE ROYS who has made a special contribution to a unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.
Lee Roy of THE ROYS
This quote was submitted on Friday 26 July 2013.
'Growing up, Mom & Dad always had great music playing around the house and one of those singers was Gene Watson.
He has always had a very distinctive voice back then and still does today!
Very few singers have made the impact on music as Mr. Watson!
Great songs sung by a great voice equals timeless music!'
Thank you, Lee Roy of THE ROYS, for your support of Gene Watson.
About THE ROYS...
THE ROYS, siblings Lee and Elaine Roy, after years of hard work, have firmly established themselves as one of the pre-eminent acts in bluegrass music.
As THE ROYS, they bring immaculate harmonies, impeccable musicianship and strong songwriting to their music, combining a traditional vocal styling with a progressive instrumental attitude to enchant fans around the world.
Proud to continue the 'family harmony' sound started by such groups as Hall of Fame inductees The Carter Family, The Louvin Brothers and The Osborne Brothers, THE ROYS revel in exploring new facets of the genre while remaining true to their roots.
Lee and Elaine Roy were born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts and were raised across the border in Coal Branch, New Brunswick in Canada, where their early childhood days were filled with music. Their Grandma LeBlanc played Acadian tunes on her fiddle, while their aunts and uncles joined in. The music was truly ‘Roots’ music. Lee and Elaine fell in love with that ‘honest’ sound and their harmonies seemed to fit that style of music.
Growing up in a family where guitar pulls were a normal occurrence, Lee became adept on drums, bass and mandolin and joined his first bluegrass music band at the age of nine. Elaine learned guitar and began singing at the age of five, making her first on-stage appearance at the tender age of ten.
Though the siblings were keenly aware of each other’s talent, they had no idea that they shared a common hope for the future. Elaine had always dreamed about going to Nashville and was amazed when she learned that her brother shared that vision as well.
Since making the decision to move to Nashville in 2006, it’s been one success story after another for the duo. Growing up on traditional country and bluegrass music had given them a strong stylistic base and their sound developed into a blend of bluegrass, country, folk, roots and gospel music that resonates with the listener.
Songs such as the rollicking 'Workin' Girl Blues' and the timeless 'Beautiful' earned them a strong following among fans while helping them forge strong bonds with programmers, talent buyers and critics across the United States. Phone lines began to light up with requests for their music and the crowds at their live appearances began to grow.
In 2006, Lee and Elaine saw the release of their self-titled debut album, 'THE ROYS' (Pedestral Records, 2006), which was released on Pedestal Records, their own record label.
On Tuesday 10 June 2008, Lee and Elaine Roy saw the release of their second album, 'Good Days' (Pedestal Records, 2008), which was released on Pedestal Records, their own record label, and which included the following tracks:
'Workin' Girl Blues'
'A Name On A Door'
'We're Gonna Get There'
'She Won't Go'
'Raining On The Roses'
'Absolutely, Positively, Maybe'
'D All The Above'
'There You Go'
'I Only Have Good Days'
'The Good Life Paradise'
The accolades started rolling in with their wins for Inspirational Country Music (ICM) 'Duo of the Year' in 2009 and 2010.
Upon hearing Lee and Elaine's emotional rendition of the track 'Coal Minin' Man' (written by Lee Roy and Matt Rogers), Sam Passamano Junior was so impressed that he signed the duo to his Rural Rhythm Records in December 2010.
On Tuesday 22 March 2011, THE ROYS saw the release of their first Rural Rhythm Records’ album, 'Lonesome Whistle' (Rural Rhythm Records, 2011), which kicked their career into high gear. The album debuted at No.7 on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums Chart and earned them a spot on Billboard'S Top 50 Bluegrass Albums of 2011 chart.
The success of the album also helped land them the award for the ICM Bluegrass 'Artist of the Year' in 2011, as well as a No.1 single, 'Coal Minin’ Man', which was written by Lee Roy and Matt Rogers, both of whom whose lineage included Pennsylvania coalminers.
The lyrics of 'Coal Minin’ Man' lent themselves to an acclaimed video, which was shot in Hazard, Kentucky and was directed by Marcel Chagnon.
THE ROYS' first Rural Rhythm Records’ album, 'Lonesome Whistle' (Rural Rhythm Records, 2011), was recorded at Ricky Skaggs suburban studio and featured members of Ricky Skaggs' Kentucky Thunder, along with fiddle layer Andy Leftwich, who co-produced the album with Lee and Elaine.
THE ROYS' first Rural Rhythm Records’ album, 'Lonesome Whistle' (Rural Rhythm Records, 2011), included the following tracks:
'Coal Minin' Man' (written by Lee Roy and Matt Rogers)
'That's What Makes It Love' (written by Lee Roy and Morry Trent)
'Nothin' I Can Do About It Now'
'Right Back At You'
'Give A Ride To The Devil'
'Everything I Ever Wanted' (written by Lee Roy, Elaine Roy and Steve Dean)
'My Oh My How Time Flies'
'I Wonder What God's Thinking'
'Trailblazer' (written by Elaine Roy, Steve Dean and Bethany Dean)
The second track on THE ROYS' first Rural Rhythm Records’ album, 'Lonesome Whistle' (Rural Rhythm Records, 2011), was 'That's What Makes It Love', which was written by Lee Roy and Morry Trent; the track featured guest vocals from Ricky Skaggs and The Whites.
Another track on THE ROYS' first Rural Rhythm Records’ album, 'Lonesome Whistle' (Rural Rhythm Records, 2011), was 'Trailbllazer', which was written by Elaine Roy, Steve Dean and Bethany Dean; the track was inspired by Dolly Parton.
And THE ROYS' song, 'I Wonder What God’s Thinking', was named the ICM 'Inspirational Country Single of the Year' in 2012.
In January 2012, THE ROYS toured Australia, most notably an appearance at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
On Tuesday 28 August 2012, THE ROYS saw the release of the 7-track EP, 'New Day Dawning' (Rural Rhythm Records, 2012), which debuted at No.2 on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums Chart, reached No.1 on Amazon's Bluegrass Best-Sellers list and also reached the Top 15 on the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine's Top 15 Albums Chart.
Additionally, the disc’s first single, 'Still Standing', dominated the weekly and monthly Top 20 Bluegrass Today Chart. Lee and Elaine were named ICM 'Bluegrass Artist of the Year'.
THE ROYS' 'New Day Dawning' (Rural Rhythm Records, 2012) included the following tracks:
'New Day Dawning'
'Daddy To Me'
'Fast As We Roll'
On Tuesday 4 June 2013, THE ROYS saw the release of 'Gypsy Runaway Train' (Rural Rhythm Records, 2013); the album included six Roys’ originals and some of their all-time favourite bluegrass and country music classics.
THE ROYS' 'Gypsy Runaway Train' (Rural Rhythm Records, 2013) included the following tracks:
'You Can Count On My Love' (written by Elaine Roy, Lee Roy and Arlis Albritton)
'Blue Moon Of Kentucky', which was written by Bill Monroe (Wednesday 13 September 1911 - Monday 9 September 1996)
'Another Minute' (written by Lee Roy)
'Born With A Hammer In My Hand' (written by Shawn Lane and Tim Stafford)
'I Wonder Where You Are Tonight', which was written by Johnny Bond (Tuesday 1 June 1915 - Monday 12 June 1978)
'He Took Your Place', which was written by Lester Flatt (Friday 19 June 1914 - Friday 11 May 1979) and Earl Scruggs (Sunday 6 January 1924 - Wednesday 28 March 2012)
'Workin' On It' (wriitten by Lee Roy, Arlis Albritton and Josh Thompson)
'Enough For Me' (written by Elaine Roy, Lee Roy and Steve Dean)
'Ramblin' Fever', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016)
'What Gives You The Right' (written by Adam Steffey)
'Those Memories Of You' (written by Alan O'Bryant)
'Half Of Me' (written by Elaine Roy)
'Gypsy Runaway Train' (written by Lee Roy and Morry Trent)
THE ROYS have played some of the top stages in America and beyond, bringing their unique sound to Dollywood, Country Thunder, Tamworth in Australia, Folk Alliance, CMA Music Festival and countless bluegrass music festivals.
In 2013, THE ROYS made their European debut with shows in Germany, England and Denmark. Lee and Elaine have also performed the National Anthem for fans of NASCAR, NFL and Major League Baseball. They have also hosted radio shows, including the legendary Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree and 650AM WSM’s popular 'Guest Artist Series'.
THE ROYS' debut appearance at The Ryman Auditorium’s Springer Mountain Farms' 'Bluegrass Nights At The Ryman Series', in Nashville, was a rousing success; they were also prominently featured in the PBS television special 'Pa’s Fiddle: Charles Ingalls, American Fiddler'.
Lee and Elaine, THE ROYS, have shared the stage with an outstanding array of artists, including George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013), Ricky Skaggs, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Doyle Lawson, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Rhonda Vincent, Chris Young, Sara Evans, J.D. Crowe, The Oak Ridge Boys, Janie Fricke, Dailey & Vincent, Neal McCoy and Collin Raye.
Connect with THE ROYS at theroysonline.com