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

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

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Webster Public Relations
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Telephone 615-777-6995

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 Tim Rushlow, which he submitted to this site on Wednesday 20 November 2013.

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



Tim Rushlow
This quote was submitted on Wednesday 20 November 2013.

'Being from Texas and listening to country music, it's hard not to say that Gene Watson was not a staple in my diet of music.

A great legendary voice and nice man!

My best friend, Jeff Huskins, who later became a member of Little Texas with me, used to play fiddle for Gene, so I was around him a bit and he was always very gracious and funny.

I will always hold that golden voice in the highest regard'.

Thank you, Tim Rushlow, for your support of Gene Watson.

About Tim Rushlow...

Tim Rushlow was born Timothy Ray 'Tim' Rushlow on Thursday 6 October 1966 in Midwest City, Oklahoma at Tinker Air Force Base to a musical family. His family moved to Arlington, Texas when he was still at a young age, although they would continue to visit Oklahoma in the summertime.

Originally, Tim Rushlow was the lead singer of the country music group Little Texas. Tim Rushlow and Dwayne O'Brien, the group's rhythm guitarist, met in Arlington, Texas in 1984 when they went to James Martin High School and were in Choir under Mr. Randy Jordan.

Tim Rushlow later moved to Nashville, followed by the other members of Little Texas.

Little Texas was an American country music band which was founded in Nashville in 1988 by Tim Rushlow (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Brady Seals (lead vocals, background vocals, keyboards), Del Gray (drums), Porter Howell (lead guitar, background vocals), Dwayne O'Brien (rhythm guitar, background vocals) and Duane Propes (bass guitar, background vocals).

Prior to the formation of Little Texas in 1988, Tim Rushlow and Dwayne O'Brien began playing together in Arlington, Texas in 1984. Porter Howell and Duane Propes got together while they were in high school in 1983 and moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University. Brady Seals and Del Gray played in the backup band of country music recording artist Josh Logan. Tim Rushlow, Dwayne O'Brien, Duane Propes and Porter Howell first started making music at Opryland as a 1950s show band.

Tim Rushlow and Porter Howell, plus two other members, took the show band on the road, naming their act 'The Varsities'.

When two of the members left to pursue other interests, they contacted Del Gray and Brady Seals, whom they had met while playing in Springfield, Massachusetts, in hopes of forging a more country/Southern rock sound.

All six members eventually moved to Nashville, where they started playing music together. The band played at venues across the United States (around three hundred dates a year), eventually catching the attention of Nashville's division of Warner Bros. Records.

Signed to Warner Bros. Records in 1991, Little Texas saw the release, on Tuesday 3 March 1992, of its debut album, 'First Time For Everything' (Warner Bros. Records, 1992), which included five tracks which were hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart:

'Some Guys Have All The Love' (written by Porter Howell and Dwayne O'Brien) (No.8, 1991)
'First Time For Everything' (written by Porter Howell and Dwayne O'Brien) (No.13, 1992)
'You And Forever And Me' (written by Porter Howell and Stewart Harris) (No.5, 1992)
'What Were You Thinking' (written by Porter Howell, Dwayne O'Brien, Brady Seals and Christy DiNapoli) (No.17, 1992)
'I'd Rather Miss You' (written by Porter Howell and Dwayne O'Brien) (No.16, 1993)

Little Texas' debut album, 'First Time For Everything' (Warner Bros. Records, 1992), earned a 'Gold' certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for the sale of 500,000 copies in the United States.

On Tuesday 11 May 1993, Little Texas saw the release of their second album, 'Big Time' (Warner Bros. Records, 1993), which included four tracks which were hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart:

'What Might Have Been' (written by Porter Howell, Dwayne O'Brien and Brady Seals) (No.2, 1993) / this track was also a crossover hit, reaching No.16 on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks Chart in 1993
'God Blessed Texas' (written by Porter Howell and Brady Seals) (No.4, 1993)
'My Love' (written by Porter Howell, Brady Seals and Tommy Barnes) (No.1, 1994)
'Stop On A Dime' (written by Porter Howell, Dwayne O'Brien and Brady Seals) (No.14, 1994)

The tracks 'What Might Have Been' (written by Porter Howell, Dwayne O'Brien and Brady Seals), 'God Blessed Texas' (written by Porter Howell and Brady Seals) and 'My Love' (written by Porter Howell, Brady Seals and Tommy Barnes) all reached No.1 on the Radio & Records Chart.

The track 'God Blessed Texas' was also produced into a popular music video, which was filmed at Southfork Ranch near Dallas, Texas.

On Tuesday 27 September 1994, Little Texas saw the release of their third studio album, 'Kick A Little' (Warner Bros. Records, 1994), which included three tracks which were hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart:

'Kick A Little' (written by Porter Howell, Dwayne O'Brien and Brady Seals) (No.5, 1994)
'Amy's Back In Austin' (written by Brady Seals and Stephen Allen Davis) (No.4, 1994)
'Southern Grace' (written by Stewart Harris, Porter Howell and Brady Seals) (No.27, 1995)

Little Texas' third album, 'Kick A Little' (Warner Bros. Records, 1994), was certified 'Platinum' by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of one million copies.

Little Texas' third album, 'Kick A Little' (Warner Bros. Records, 1994), also included 'Hit Country Song' (written by Porter Howell, Dwayne O'Brien, Brady Seals, Del Gray, Duane Propes and Tim Rushlow).

In late 1994, Brady Seals departed Little Texas for a solo career on Reprise Records, and was replaced by multi-instrumentalist Jeff Huskins, a former backing musician for Clint Black. Jeff Huskins made his first appearance on the tracks 'Life Goes On' and 'Country Crazy', both of which were two new tracks that the band recorded for their 'Greatest Hits' (Warner Bros. Records, 1995) album.

Both of these songs were released as Billboard country music singles; the former became their final Billboard Top 40 country music hit with a peak position of No.5, while 'Country Crazy' reached No.44.

On Tuesday 26 September 1995, Little Texas saw the release of their first greatest hits compilation, 'Greatest Hits' (Warner Bros. Records, 1995), which included nine tracks from their first three studio albums, 'First Time For Everything' (Warner Bros. Records, 1992), 'Big Time' (Warner Bros. Records, 1993) and 'Kick A Little' (Warner Bros. Records, 1994), as well as two newly recorded tracks, both of which were released as singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart:

'Life Goes On' (written by Del Gray, Thom McHugh and Keith Follesé) (No.5, 1995)
'Country Crazy' (written by Porter Howell and Chuck Jones) (No.44, 1995)

Little Texas' first greatest hits compilation, 'Greatest Hits' (Warner Bros. Records, 1995), also included the band's rendition of The Eagles hit 'Peaceful Easy Feeling' (written by Jack Tempchin), which was previously included on 'Common Thread: The Songs Of The Eagles' (Giant Records, 1993); Little Texas' cover charted at No.73, based on unsolicited airplay.

It was also in 1995 that Little Texas sang on the track 'Party All Night' (written by Scott Rouse), a musical track which featured snippets from a Jeff Foxworthy sketch and a sung chorus by the band; the track, which was included on Jeff Foxworthy's 'Games Rednecks Play' (Warner Bros. Records, 1995), reached No.53 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart.

On Tuesday 22 April 1997, Little Texas saw the release of their fourth album, the self-titled 'Little Texas' (Warner Bros. Records, 1997), which was their last album for Warner Bros. Records and which included three tracks which were hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart:

'Bad For Us' (written by Porter Howell, Dwayne O'Brien and Tom Shapiro) (No.45, 1997)
'Your Mama Won't Let Me' (written by Del Gray, Thom McHugh and Keith Follesé) (No.64, 1997)
'The Call' (written by Walt Aldridge and Tim Rushlow) (No.71, 1997)

Little Texas' fourth album, the self-titled 'Little Texas' (Warner Bros. Records, 1997), also included 'Yesterday's Gone Forever' (written by Dwayne O'Brien and Jim Rushing).

Little Texas' fourth album, the self-titled 'Little Texas' (Warner Bros. Records, 1997), is also the only album to feature Jeff Huskins on keyboards; Huskins replaced former keyboardist/vocalist Brady Seals, who had departed for a solo career. In addition, it is the last album to feature lead vocalist Tim Rushlow.

It was also in 1997 that Little Texas charted with a cover of 'Kiss The Girl', a song from the Disney film 'The Little Mermaid', which they recorded on 'The Best Of Country Sing The Best Of Disney' (Walt Disney Records, 1996).

It was also in 1997 that Brady Seals charted his only Billboard Top 40 solo country music hit, 'Another You, Another Me', which reached No.32; Brady Seals would record a total of three albums between 1997 and 2003.

After Little Texas disbanded at the end of 1997, Tim Rushlow departed for a solo career and signed to Atlantic Records; he saw the release of a self-titled album, 'Tim Rushlow' (Atlantic Records, 2001), which included four tracks which were hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart:

'When You Love Me' (written by David Malloy, Tim Rushlow and Porter Howell) (No.60, 2000)
'She Misses Him' (written by Tim Johnson) (No.8, 2000)
'Crazy Life' (written by Kevin Fisher) No.43, 2001)
'Love, Will (The Package)' (written by Tim Rushlow) (No.52, 2002)

Atlantic Records closed its country music division in 2001; 'Tim Rushlow' (Atlantic Records, 2001) was re-released in 2002 as 'Crazy Love' (Scream Recordings, 2002) and was retitled after the song of the same title. An extra track, 'As Real As Forever', was also included.

Tim Rushlow then founded a new band, Rushlow, whose members included his cousin Doni Harris.

This new group was signed to Lyric Street Records in 2003 and saw the release, on Tuesday 9 December 2003, of 'Right Now' (Lyric Street Records, 2003). Rushlow reached the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart with 'I Can't Be Your Friend' (written by Brad Crisler and Rodney Clawson) (No.16, 2003). 'Right Now' (Lyric Street Records, 2003) also included 'Sweet Summer Rain' (written by Jim Collins and Danny Orton) (No.42, 2003).

The members of Rushlow parted ways in 2003, although Tim Rushlow and acoustic guitarist/banjoist Doni Harris, who is Tim's cousin, reunited in 2006 to form a duo called Rushlow Harris; the duo saw the release of two singles for Show Dog Nashville Records (a record label founded by Toby Keith) in 2006 and parted ways in 2007.

Some of the other tracks included on 'Right Now' (Lyric Street Records, 2003) are 'God Only Knows' (written by Tim Rushlow), 'Texas is My Kind of Town' (written by Tim Rushlow and Brett Warren) and 'Speechless' (written by Tim Rushlow).

Duane Propes, Del Gray, Porter Howell and Dwayne O'Brien decided to reunite Little Texas in 2004. When Little Texas reunited, Tim Rushlow and Jeff Huskins made a legal attempt to keep their ex-bandmates from using the Little Texas name. Also included in the new lineup was lead singer Steven Troy.

After Steven Troy left, Porter Howell took over as lead singer. In 2007, Little Texas signed to independent record label Montage Music Group, releasing the live album 'The Very Best of Little Texas: Live And Loud' (Montage Music Group, 2007). The album also included Mark Sutton, a supporting member who occasionally played guitar for the band.

The live album was followed one month later by the studio album 'Missing Years' (Montage Music Group, 2003), which included three tracks released as singles, although only one, 'Missing Years', made the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Charts, peaking at No.45.

At the time of the acquisition of this Gene Watson 'Peer's Quote' from Tim Rushlow, in November 2013, the members of Little Texas included the following:

Del Gray (drums) (1988 - 1997, 2004 - present)
Porter Howell (lead guitar, background vocals) (1988 - 1997, 2004 - 2006); (lead vocals, lead guitar) (2007 - present)
Dwayne O'Brien (rhythm guitar, background vocals) (1988 - 1997, 2004 - present)
Duane Propes (bass guitar, background vocals) (1988 - 1997, 2004 - present)

Former members of Little Texas included the following:

Tim Rushlow (lead and background vocals, rhythm guitar) (1988 - 1997)
Jeff Huskins (background vocals, keyboards, fiddle, mandolin) (1994 - 1997)
Brady Seals (lead and background vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar) (1988 - 1994)
Steven Troy (lead vocals, rhythm guitar) (2004 - 2006)

Connect with Tim Rushlow at timrushlow.com

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