• 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 2014 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 Aaron Barker, which he submitted to this site on Friday 16 May 2014.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Aaron Barker who made a special contribution to this unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.


Aaron Barker
This quote was submitted on Friday 16 May 2014.

'Gene Watson is one of the defining artists of an entire era of Texas-based mainstream country music.

He helped pave the way for many of us who have since followed in his footsteps.

Thank you, Gene'

Thank you, Aaron Barker, for your support of Gene Watson.

About Aaron Barker...

Aaron Barker was born on Thursday 5 March 1953 in San Antonio, Texas and began his musical career in a 'variety band' when he was thirteen years old. Aaron stayed with his band for many years and played everything from Bob Wills (Monday 6 March 1905 - Tuesday 13 May 1975) to Bob Seger.

Aaron Barker drove his bus from place to place, playing with original melodies and lyrics in the hope that he could create his own songs.

Aaron Barker's first attempt, 'Baby Blue', was recorded by George Strait, who included the track on 'If You Ain’t Lovin’, You Ain’t Livin’ (MCA Records, 1988); the track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in August 1988.

Aaron Barker continued to work in the band and played songs for anyone who would listen until he got his first cheque. He began to develope his own sound, refining his original material in small clubs and cafes where he would play on weekends.

One night, after a long father and son talk, Aaron Barker wrote 'Love Without End, Amen'. Aaron believed that this would be a song that he would play for his family, but he decided to see what would happen if he sent it to George Strait.

George Strait recorded 'Love Without End, Amen' and included the track on 'Livin' It Up' (MCA Records, 1990); the track was No.1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart for five consecutive weeks in 1990.

George Strait recorded 'Is It Already Time' and included the track on 'Chill Of An Early Fall' (MCA Records, 1991).

In 1992, Aaron Barker signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records and saw the release, on Tuesday 4 August 1992, of his debut album, 'The Taste Of Freedom' (Atlantic Records, 1992), which included one track which was a hit single on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart:

'The Taste Of Freedom' (written by Aaron Barker) (No.73, 1992)

Aaron Barker's debut album, 'The Taste Of Freedom' (Atlantic Records, 1992), also included the following tracks:

'God Still Lives In Tennessee', which was written by Kerry Chater, Danny 'Bear' Mayo (Monday 2 October 1950 - Saturday 2 October 1999) and James Dean Hicks
'Fast Water' (written by Aaron Barker)
'No Sleep Tonight' (written by Aaron Barker)
'Crazy Again' (written by Bob McDill)
'Three Nickels And A Dime' (written by Wayne Perry and Tommy Barnes)
'Is It Already Time' (written by Aaron Barker)
'World Is Flat' (written by Aaron Barker)
'Your Old Stompin' Grounds' (written by Aaron Barker and Curtis Wayne)
'What Love Has To Say' (written by Aaron Barker)

Aaron Barker's debut album, 'The Taste Of Freedom' (Atlantic Records, 1992) was recorded at Scruggs Sound Studio in Nashville; personnel involved in the recording of the album included the following:

Aaron Barker (vocals, guitar)
Brent Rowan, Steve Gibson and Chris Leuzinger (electric guitars)
Ken Bell and Mark Casstevens (acoustic guitars)
Sonny Garrish (steel guitar, dobro)
Rob Hajacos and Glen Duncan (fiddles)
Clayton Ivey and Gary Prim (keyboards)
Gary Lunn and Bob Wray (bass)
Jerry Kroon and Milton Sledge (drums)
Ron 'Snake' Reynolds (percussion)
Lisa Silver, Michael Black, Lon Wilson, Harry Stinson, Kim Morrison, John Wesley Ryles, Dennis Wilson, Wendy Suits and Bergen White (background vocals)

Following his unsuccessful time with Atlantic Records, Aaron Barker began his songwriting again.

Doug Supernaw recorded Aaron Barker's 'Honky Tonkin' Fool' and included the track on 'Red And Rio Grande' (BNA Records, 1993); the track reached No.50 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 1993.

George Strait recorded Aaron Barker's 'Easy Come, Easy Go' (co-written with Dean Dillon) and included the track on 'Easy Come, Easy Go' (MCA Records, 1993); the track was No.1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart for two weeks in October/November 1993.

George Strait recorded Aaron Barker's 'I’d Like To Have That One Back' (co-written with Bill Shore and Rick West) and included the track on 'Easy Come, Easy Go' (MCA Records, 1993); the track reached No.4 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in February 1994.

George Strait recorded Aaron Barker's 'Down Louisiana Way' (co-written with Donny Kees and Sanger D. 'Whitey' Shafer) and included the track on 'Lead On' (MCA Records, 1994).

George Strait recorded Aaron Barker's 'I'll Always Be Loving You' (co-written with Donny Kees and Sanger D. 'Whitey' Shafer) and included the track on 'Lead On' (MCA Records, 1994).

Doug Supernaw recorded Aaron Barker's 'Not Enough Hours In The Night' (co-written with Kim Williams and Ron Harbin) and included the track on 'You Still Got Me' (Giant Records, 1995); the track reached No.3 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 1996.

George Strait recorded Aaron Barker's 'I Know She Still Loves Me' (co-written with Monty Holmes) and included the track 0on George Strait's 'Strait Out Of The Box' (MCA Records, 1995); the track reached No.5 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in March 1996.

 

George Strait recorded Aaron Barker's 'I Can Still Make Cheyenne' (co-written with Erv Woolsey) and included the track on 'Blue Clear Sky' (MCA Records, 1996); the track reached No.4 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 1996.

Aaron Barker's 'I Can Still Make Cheyenne' (co-written with Erv Woolsey) was also included on George Strait's 'For The Last Time: Live From The Astrodome' (MCA Records, 2003) and George Strait's '50 Number Ones' (MCA Records, 2004).

George Strait recorded Aaron Barker's 'I's Just As Soon Go' (co-written with Dean Dillon) and included the track on 'Blue Clear Sky' (MCA Records, 1996).

Clay Walker recorded Aaron Barker's 'Watch This' (co-written with Ron Harbin and Anthony L. Smith) and included the track on 'Rumor Has It' (Giant Records, 1997); the track reached No.4 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in November 1997.

In 1998, Aaron Barker saw the release of 'Straight From The Horse's Mouth' (BSW Records, 1998), which was a duet project with Curtis Wayne.

Neal McCoy recorded Aaron Barker's 'Love Happens Like That' (co-written with Ron Harbin and Anthony L. Smith) and included the track on 'Be Good At It' (Atlantic Records, 1997); the track reached No.29 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 1998.

Clay Walker recorded Aaron Barker's 'You're Beginning To Get To Me' (co-written with Tom Shapiro) and included the track on 'Greatest Hits' (Giant Records, 1998); the track reached No.2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 1998.

Aaron Tippin recorded Aaron Barker's 'I’m Leavin’ (co-written with Ron Harbin and L. David Lewis) and included the track on 'What This Country Needs' (Lyric Street Records, 1998); the track reached No.17 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 1999.

George Strait recorded Aaron Barker's 'Old Time Christmas' (co-written with John Jarvis) and included the track on 'Merry Christmas, Wherever You Are' (MCA Records, 1999).

Lonestar recorded Aaron Barker's 'What About Now' (co-written with Ron Harbin and Anthony L. Smith) and included the track on 'Lonely Grill' (BNA Records, 1999); the track was No.1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart for four weeks in 1999.

George Strait recorded Aaron Barker's 'Peace Of Mind' (co-written with Dean Dillon) and included the track on 'Always Never The Same' (MCA Records, 1999).

Clay Walker recorded Aaron Barker's 'Could I Ask You Not To Dance' (co-written with Ron Harbin and Anthony L. Smith) and included the track on 'Say No More' (Giant Records, 2001).

In 2002, Aaron Barker saw the release of his self-released 'Lifelines' (Aaron Barker Music, 2002), which included the following tracks:

'Story Of My Life'
'Not Enough Hours In The Night'
'I Can Still Make Cheyenne'
'They Just Don't Make 'Em Like Dad Anymore'
'Baby Blue'
'Love Without End, Amen'
'I'm Leavin'
'Lady Of Mine'
'I Can See Our House From Here'
'Is It Already Time' (reprise)

On Tuesday 17 October 2006, Aaron Barker saw the release of his self-released 'Echoes' (Aaron Barker Music, 2006), which included the following tracks:

'Rose'
'I Wait'
'Wennaway'
'Too Much Water'
'Touch'
'If I Was The Wind'
'Angel Unaware'
'Front Door'
'Wall'
'Questionaire'
'Twelve Texas Angels'

In 2007, Aaron Barker was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters' Hall of Fame.

LoCash Cowboys recorded Aaron Barker's 'Best Seat In The House' (co-written with Preston Brust and Chris Lucas) and included the track on 'LoCash Cowboys' (Average Joes Entertainment Records, 2013); the track reached No.52 on the Billboard Country Airplay Chart in 2013.

Philip Claypool recorded Aaron Barker's 'I'm Gonna Lie' (co-written with Gary Hannan and Ira Dean) in 2013.

Connect with Aaron Barker at aaronbarker.com
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