• The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • Gene Watson: 'Real Country Music' (Fourteen Carat Music, 2016)

  • Gene Watson: 'Back in the Fire & At Last' (Morello Records, 2016) / this album was officially released on Friday 11 November 2016

  • Gene Watson's Calendar

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • Gene Watson Guitars by Summey

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • Gene Watson at The Opry in Nashville

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

Management


Lytle Management Group
P.O. Box 128228
Nashville, TN 37212
Contact Sarah Brosmer
Telephone 615-770-2688

Bookings



Battle Artist Agency
8887 Horton Highway,
College Grove, TN
Contact Rob Battle
office: 615-368-7433
mobile: 615-957-3444

Adkins Publicity

Exclusive PR / Publicity Representation of Gene Watson / Contact Scott Adkins at Adkins Publicity in Nashville

For exclusive PR / publicity representation of Gene Watson, contact Scott Adkins at Adkins Publicity in Nashville.

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 Steve Ripley (of The Tractors), which he submitted to this site on Monday 5 August 2013.

Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Steve Ripley (of The Tractors) who made a special contribution to this unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.



Steve Ripley (of The Tractors)
This quote was submitted on Monday 5 August 2013.

'Gene Watson, one of the greatest voices of all time.



When 'Farewell Party' comes on, I clear my otherwise cluttered mind, so I can focus.

I'm hardly a peer, but thanks for asking'.

Thank you, Steve Ripley (of The Tractors), for your support of Gene Watson.

About Steve Ripley (of The Tractors)...


Steve Ripley (of The Tractors) was born Paul Steven Ripley on 1 January 1950 in Boise, Idaho. Steve is a recording artist, songwriter, studio engineer, guitarist and inventor, and has been active in the music industry since 1977. Steve Ripley is also the leader/producer of country rock band The Tractors.

Steve Ripley attended Glencoe High School in Glencoe, Oklahoma.

As a producer, recording engineer and studio musician, he has worked with Bob Dylan (on 'Shot Of Love') and on the 'Shot Of Love' tour, with JJ Cale (Monday 5 December 1938 - Friday 26 July 2013) (on 'Shades, 8, and Roll On') and he produced Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown and Roy Clark (on 'Makin' Music') and Johnnie Lee Wills (on 'Reunion').

Steve Ripley started Ripley Guitars in 1982 and created guitars for Steve Lukather, JJ Cale (Monday 5 December 1938 - Friday 26 July 2013), John Hiatt, Ry Cooder, Jimmy Buffett and Eddie Van Halen, before moving to Tulsa to buy Leon Russell's former recording studio, which was named 'The Church Studio'.

In 1994, Steve Ripley formed the country band, The Tractors.

In August 1994, Steve Ripley & The Tractors saw the release of their self-titled debut album, 'The Tractors' (Arista Records, 1994), which included two tracks which were hit songs on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks Chart:

'Baby Likes To Rock It' (No.11, 1994)
'Tryin' To Get To New Orleans' (No.50, 1994)

Steve Ripley & The Tractors' self-titled debut album, 'The Tractors' (Arista Records, 1994), reached No.2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1994, and also reached No.19 on the Billboard Top Pop Music Albums Chart in 1994.

In October 1995, Steve Ripley & The Tractors saw the release of their first Christmas album, 'Have Yourself A Tractors Christmas' (Arista Records, 1995), which included two tracks which were hit songs on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks Chart:

'Santa Claus Is Comin' (In A Boogie Woogie Choo Choo Train)' (No.43, 1995)
'Santa Claus Boogie' (No.41, 1995) / the track also reached No.91 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music singles chart

Steve Ripley & The Tractors' 'Have Yourself A Tractors Christmas' (Arista Records, 1995), reached No.12 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1995, and also reached No.68 on the Billboard Top Pop Music Albums Chart in 1995.

In November 1998, Steve Ripley & The Tractors saw the release of 'Farmers In A Changing World' (Arista Records, 1998), which included two tracks which were hit songs on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks Chart:

'I Wouldn't Tell You A Lie' (No.72, 1998)
'Shortenin' Bread' (No.57, 1999)

In April 2001, Steve Ripley & The Tractors saw the release of 'Fast Girl' (Audium Records, 2001), which reached No.65 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 2001.

In 2002, Steve Ripley created his own record label, Boy Rocking Records, and produced artists, including The Tractors, Leon Russell and The Red Dirt Rangers.

In October 2002, Steve Ripley & The Tractors saw the release of their second Christmas album, 'The Big Night' (Boy Rocking Records/Audium Records, 2002).

In October 2003, Steve Ripley & The Tractors saw the release of their first compilation album, 'All American Country' (BMG Records, 2003), which included the following tracks:

'Baby Likes To Rock It'
'I Wouldn't Tell You A Lie'
'Thirty Days'
'Settin' The Woods On Fire'
'Tryin' To Get To New Orleans'
'Shortenin' Bread'
'I've Had Enough'
'Tulsa Shuffle'
'Elvis Thing/Mystery Train'
'Linda Lou'

In 2005, Steve Ripley saw the release of 'The Kids Record' (Boy Rocking Records, 2005).

In 2009, Steve Ripley saw the release of 'Trade Union' (Boy Rocking Records, 2009).

It was also in 2009, Steve Ripley produced a twenty-part radio series on the history of Oklahoma rock and roll, which was broadcast on Oklahoma public radio stations and was entitled 'Oklahoma Rock and Roll with Steve Ripley'.

Connect with Steve Ripley (of The Tractors) at thetractors.com

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