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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 Jamie O'Hara, which he submitted to this site on Saturday 3 May 2014.

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



Jamie O'Hara
This quote was submitted on Saturday 3 May 2014.

'Gene Watson's singing is liquid gold.

He simply has one of the best voices in the history of country music, or any other genre, for that matter.



Every time I hear 'Farewell Party', I'm reminded what greatness sounds like'.

Thank you, Jamie O'Hara, for your support of Gene Watson.

About Jamie O'Hara...

Jamie O'Hara is a highly acclaimed singer/songwriter who was born in Toledo, Ohio on Friday 18 August 1950.

Jamie O’Hara, an athlete of unusual ability, was a star basketball, baseball and football player at Ottawa Hills High School in Toledo. Jamie went on to play football at Indiana University, with hopes of a career in the National Football League (NFL), but after an injury ended those plans, he took up the guitar and discovered his true calling.

In 1975, Jamie O'Hara moved to Nashville in order to pursue a career in music. Almost immediately, Jamie O'Hara was signed to a publishing contract, but spent five years working at everything from construction worker to chauffeur, while writing in his off-time, before he began making his living as a professional songwriter.

Over the years, Jamie O'Hara has received numerous awards, along with several Grammy and Country Music Associations (CMA) nominations. The 1986 Grammy Award for 'Best Country Song' went to his 'Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout The Good Old Days)', which also picked up a Grammy Award for 'Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group' for The Judds.

In 1985, Jamie O'Hara began co-writing with friend and fellow songwriter Kieran Kane, who was another Tree Publishing songwriter and collaborated on the song 'Bluegrass Blues', which The Judds would eventually record. That meeting led the duo to begin writing and performing together as The O'Kanes. They secured a deal with Columbia Records and went on to release three highly acclaimed country music albums between 1987 and 1990.

 

Together as The O'Kanes, Jamie O'Hara and Kieran Kane, saw the release, on Columbia Records, of three successful and critically acclaimed albums; 'The O'Kanes' (Columbia Records, 1986), 'Tired of The Running' (Columbia Records, 1988) and 'Imagine That' (Columbia Records, 1989), all of which were filled with a number of hit songs, all written, produced and performed by the duo.

In 1986, The O'Kanes (Jamie O'Hara and Kieran Kane) saw the release, on Columbia Records, of their self-titled debut album, 'The O'Kanes' (Columbia Records, 1986), which included four tracks which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Oh Darlin' (Why Don't You Care For Me No More)' (written by Jamie O'Hara and Kieran Kane) (No.10, 1986)
'Can't Stop My Heart From Lovin' You' (written by Jamie O'Hara and Kieran Kane) (No.1 for one week in May 1987)
'Daddies Need To Grow Up Too' (written by Jamie O'Hara and Kieran Kane) (No.9, 1987)
'Just Lovin' You' (written by Jamie O'Hara and Kieran Kane) (No.5, 1987)

The O'Kanes' (Jamie O'Hara and Kieran Kane) self-titled debut album, 'The O'Kanes' (Columbia Records, 1986), also included the following tracks:

'Bluegrass Blues' (written by Jamie O'Hara and Kieran Kane)
'Oh Lonesome You' (written by Jamie O'Hara and Kieran Kane)
'When We're Gone, Lone Gone' (written by Jamie O'Hara and Kieran Kane)
'That's All Right, Mama', which was written by Arthur Crudup (Thursday 24 August 1905 - Thursday 28 March 1974)
'Gonna Walk That Line' (written by Jamie O'Hara and Kieran Kane)
'When I Found You' (written by Jamie O'Hara and Kieran Kane)

In 1988, The O'Kanes (Jamie O'Hara and Kieran Kane) saw the release, on Columbia Records, of their second album, 'Tired Of The Running' (Columbia Records, 1988), which included three tracks which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'One True Love' (written by Jamie O'Hara and Kieran Kane) (No.4, 1988)
'Blue Love' (written by Jamie O'Hara and Kieran Kane) (No.10, 1988)
'Rocky Road' (written by Jamie O'Hara and Kieran Kane) (No.71, 1988)

The O'Kanes' (Jamie O'Hara and Kieran Kane) second album, 'Tired Of The Running' (Columbia Records, 1988), also included the following tracks:

'All Because Of You' (written by Jamie O'Hara and Kieran Kane)
'If I Could Be There' (written by Jamie O'Hara and Kieran Kane)
'Highway 55' (written by Jamie O'Hara and Kieran Kane)
'Tired Of The Runnin' (written by Jamie O'Hara and Kieran Kane)
'In My Heart' (written by Jamie O'Hara and Kieran Kane)
'I'm Lonely' (written by Jamie O'Hara and Kieran Kane)
'Isn't That So' (written by Jamie O'Hara and Kieran Kane)

In 1990, The O'Kanes (Jamie O'Hara and Kieran Kane) saw the release, on Columbia Records, of their third, and final, album, 'Imagine That' (Columbia Records, 1990), which included two tracks which were released as singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Why Should I?' (written by Jamie O'Hara and Kieran Kane) (this track failed to chart)
'Diddy All Night Long' (written by Jamie O'Hara and Kieran Kane) (this track failed to chart)

The O'Kanes' (Jamie O'Hara and Kieran Kane) third, and final, album, 'Imagine That' (Columbia Records, 1990), also included the following tracks:

'Imagine That' (written by Jamie O'Hara and Kieran Kane)
'Nobody Wins' (written by Jamie O'Hara and Kieran Kane)
'Will You Travel Down This Road With Me' (written by Jamie O'Hara and Kieran Kane)
'Is The Party Over' (written by Jamie O'Hara and Kieran Kane)
'Better To Love You' (written by Jamie O'Hara and Kieran Kane)
'Tell Me I Was Dreaming' (written by Jamie O'Hara and Kieran Kane)
'Climbing Mountains' (written by Jamie O'Hara and Kieran Kane)
'This Ain't Love (written by Jamie O'Hara and Kieran Kane)

The O’Kanes were instrumental in bringing about the Alternative Country/Americana movement, which brought into prominence not only The O’Kanes, but also a number of other innovative acts, including Dwight Yoakum, Patty Loveless, Randy Travis, Foster & Lloyd (Radney Foster and Bill Lloyd), Lyle Lovett and Mary Chapin Carpenter.

Following The O'Kanes' split in 1989, Jamie O'Hara returned to solo songwriting and saw the release of his first solo album, 'Rise Above It' (RCA Nashville Records, 1994), which was written entirely by Jamie O’Hara and was a commercial success.

One of the songs included on 'Rise Above It' (RCA Nashville Records, 1994) was the poignant '50,000 Names', which was described by Emmylou Harris as 'about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, but totally apolitical and non-judgmental, a recital of all the things people leave at the wall'.

The song, '50,000 Names', has become something of an anthem for Vietnam vets and their families.

In 2001, Jamie O'Hara followed up 'Rise Above It' (RCA Nashville Records, 1994) with the self-penned 'Beautiful Obsession' (Valley Records, 2001), which Jamie co-produced with Brent Maher and which was a moody, vibey, solo album featuring poetic lyrics and melodies which ranged from seductive to deeply spiritual.

The list of artists who have recorded and had hit singles with Jamie O'Hara's songs is quite impressive; among them are the following:

Tim McGraw
Tammy Wynette (Tuesday 5 May 1942 - Monday 6 April 1998)
Gary Allan
Josh Turner
Tanya Tucker
The Judds (Wynonna and Naomi Judd)
Sara Evans
George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013)
Randy Travis
Don Williams
Trisha Yearwood
Shelby Lynne
Lee Ann Womack
Pam Tillis
Shelby Lynne
Wynonna
Julie Roberts
Ronnie McDowell
Trio (Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton & Linda Ronstadt)

At the time of the acquisition of this Gene Watson 'Peer's Quote', in May 2014, Jamie O'Hara was celebrating the release of 'Dream Hymns' (18th Wave Records, 2012), in which he explored the rich mystical and religious imagery of his dreams: a crucified Christ in the ocean, a crown of thorns washed up on a beach, a holy man with a face of fire. The songs are dark and deeply poetic, filled with the yearning of the spirit.

Ronnie McDowell recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'Wandering Eyes' and included the track on 'Going Going Gone' (Elektra Records, 1981); the track reached No.2 on the Billboard country music singles chart in early 1981.

Ronnie McDowell recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'Little Of You' and included the track on 'Going Going Gone' (Elektra Records, 1981).

Conway Twitty (Friday 1 September 1933 - Saturday 5 June 1993) recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'Southern Comfort' and included the track on 'Southern Comfort' (Elektra Records, 1981).

Ronnie McDowell recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'Older Women' and included the track on 'Good Time Lovin' Man' (Elektra Records, 1982); the track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in September 1981.

Ronnie McDowell recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'Crazy Love Sounds' (co-written with Kieran Kane) and included the track on 'Good Time Lovin' Man' (Elektra Records, 1982).

Ronnie McDowell recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'Her Memory's Faster Than Me' and included the track on 'Good Time Lovin' Man' (Elektra Records, 1982).

Ronnie McDowell recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'Jealousy' and included the track on 'Good Time Lovin' Man' (Elektra Records, 1982).

Mel McDaniel (Sunday 6 September 1942 - Thursday 31 March 2011) recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'Nobody Said It Was Easy', which was co-written with Harlan Howard (Thursday 8 September 1927 - Sunday 3 March 2002) and included the track on 'Naturally Country' (Capitol Records, 1983).

Bandana (Lonnie Wilson on lead vocals, Jerry Fox on bass guitar, Tim Menzies on guitar, Joe Van Dyke on keyboards and Jerry Ray Johnston on drums) recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'Tonight I'm Gonna Love Somebody', which was written by Conway Twitty (Friday 1 September 1933 - Saturday 5 June 1993), and included the track on their self titled album, 'Bandana' (Warner Bros. Records, 1985).

The Judds (Wynonna and Naomi) recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout The Good Ol' Days)' and included the track on 'Rockin' With The Rhythm' (RCA Records, 1985); the track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in May 1986.

Tammy Wynette (Tuesday 5 May 1942 - Monday 6 April 1998) recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'Talking To Myself Again' and included the track on 'Higher Ground' (Epic Records, 1987); the track reached No.16 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1987 and featured background vocals from The O'Kanes (Jamie O'Hara & Kieran Kane).

Michael Martin Murphey recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'Children Of The Wild World' and included the track on 'River Of Time' (Warner Bros. Records, 1988).

Don Williams recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'Desperately' (co-written with Kevin Welch) and included the track on 'Prime Cuts' (Capitol Records, 1989).

Jann Browne recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'You Ain't Down Home' and included the track on 'Tell Me Why' (Curb Records, 1990); the track reached No.19 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1989.

Tanya Tucker recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'Bidding America Goodbye (The Aucion)' and included the track on 'What Do I Do With Me' (Capitol Records, 1991).

Emmylou Harris & The Nash Ramblers, who included Sam Bush (fiddle, mandolin, vocals), Roy Huskey Junior (Monday 17 December 1956 - Saturday 6 September 1997) (double bass, vocals), Larry Atamanuik (drums), Al Perkins (banjo, guitar, resonator guitar, vocals) and John Randall Stewart (guitar, mandolin, vocals), recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'If I Could Be There' (co-written with Kieran Kane) and included the track on 'Live At The Ryman' (Asylum Records, 1992).

Emmylou Harris & The Nash Ramblers' version of Jamie O'Hara's 'If I Could Be There' (co-written with Kieran Kane) was also included on 'Songbird: Rare Tracks & Forgotten Gems' (Rhino Records, 2007).

Trisha Yearwood recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'Oh, Lonesome You' (co-written with Kieran Kane) and included the track on 'Hearts In Armor' (MCA Records, 1992).

Trisha Yearwood recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'For Reasons I've Forgotten' and included the track on 'Hearts In Armor' (MCA Records, 1992).

Shelby Lynne recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'Temptation' (co-written with Shelby Lynne and Brent Maher) and included the track on 'Temptation' (Morgan Creek Records/Mercury Records, 1993).

Shelby Lynne recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'Feelin' Kind Of Lonely Tonight' (co-written with Brent Maher) and included the track on 'Temptation' (Morgan Creek Records/Mercury Records, 1993).

Shelby Lynne recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'Little Unlucky At Love' (co-written with Brent Maher) and included the track on 'Temptation' (Morgan Creek Records/Mercury Records, 1993).

Shelby Lynne recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'Some Of That True Love' (co-written with Shelby Lynne and Brent Maher) and included the track on 'Temptation' (Morgan Creek Records/Mercury Records, 1993).

Shelby Lynne recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'Come A Little Closer' (co-written with Shelby Lynne and Brent Maher) and included the track on 'Temptation' (Morgan Creek Records/Mercury Records, 1993).

Randy Travis recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'Gonna Walk That Line' (co-written with Kieran Kane) and included the track on 'This Is Me' (Warner Bros. Nashville Records, 1994).

Shelby Lynne recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'Talkin' To Myself Again' and included the track on 'Restless' (Magnatone Records / Curb Records, 1995).

Shelby Lynne recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'Restless' (co-written with Shelby Lynne and Brent Maher) and included the track on 'Restless' (Magnatone Records / Curb Records, 1995).

Shelby Lynne recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'Just For The Touch Of Your Hand' (co-written with Shelby Lynne and Brent Maher) and included the track on 'Restless' (Magnatone Records / Curb Records, 1995).

Shelby Lynne recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'Hey Now Little Darling' (co-written with Shelby Lynne and Brent Maher) and included the track on 'Restless' (Magnatone Records / Curb Records, 1995).

Shelby Lynne recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'Reach For The Rhythm' (co-written with Shelby Lynne and Brent Maher) and included the track on 'Restless' (Magnatone Records/Curb Records, 1995).

Shelby Lynne recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'Swingtown' (co-written with Shelby Lynne and Brent Maher) and included the track on 'Restless' (Magnatone Records/Curb Records, 1995).

Mandy Barnett recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'Baby Don't You Know' and included the track on 'Mandy Barnett' (Asylum Records, 1996).~

Trisha Yearwood recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'It's Alright' (co-written with Gary Nicholson) and included the track on 'Everybody Knows' (MCA Records, 1996).

Wynonna Judd recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'When Love Starts Talkin' (co-written with Brent Maher and Gary Nicholson) and included the track on 'The Other Side' (Curb Records/Universal Records, 1997); the track reached No.13 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 1997.

Wynonna Judd recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'Troubled Heart And A Troubled Mind' (co-written with Wynonna Judd and Brent Maher) and included the track on 'The Other Side' (Curb Records/Universal Records, 1997).

Lee Ann Womack recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'You've Got To Talk To Me' and included the track on 'Lee Ann Womack' (Decca Nashville Records, 1997); the track reached No.2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in early 1998.

Sara Evans recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'Shame About That' (co-written with Sara Evans) and included the track on 'Three Chords And The Truth' (RCA Nashville Records, 1997); the track reached No.48 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 1998.

Gary Allan recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'I Ain't Runnin' Yet' (co-written with Gary Nicholson) and included the track on 'It Would Be You' (Decca Records, 1998).

Sara Evans recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'Cryin' Game' and included the track on 'No Place That Far' (RCA Nashville Records, 1998); the track reached No.56 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 1998.

Trisha Yearwood recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'That's Ain't The Way I Heard It' and included the track on 'Where Your Road Leads' (MCA Records, 1998).

Pam Tillis recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'Lay The Heartache Down' and included the track on 'Every Time' (Arista Nashville Records, 1998).

Lee Ann Womack recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'I Keep Forgetting' and included the track on 'Some Things I Know' (Decca Records, 1998); this track was a duet with Vince Gill.

Gary Allan recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'Lovin' You Against My Will' and included the track on 'Smoke Rings In The Dark' (MCA Records, 1999); the track reached No.34 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 1999.

Gary Allan recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'I'm The One' (co-written with Odie Blackman and Gary Allan) and included the track on 'Smoke Rings In The Dark' (MCA Records, 1999).

Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt and Dolly Parton recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'When We're Gone, Long Gone' (co-written with Kieran Kane) and included the track on 'Trio II' (Asylum Records, 1999).

Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt and Dolly Parton's version of Jamie O'Hara's 'When We're Gone, Long Gone' (co-written with Kieran Kane) was also included on 'Songbird: Rare Tracks & Forgotten Gems' (Rhino Records, 2007).

George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'The Cold Hard Truth' and included the track on 'Cold Hard Truth' (Asylum Records, 1999).

Gary Allan recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'Man To Man' and included the track on 'Alright Guy' (MCA Records, 2001); the track was No.1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 2001 and also reached No.25 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music singles chart the same year.

George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) recorded Jamie O'Hara's '50,000 Names' and included the track on 'The Rock: Stone Cold Country 2001' (Bandit Records, 2001); the track reached No.55 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 2002.

Josh Turner recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'Unburn All Our Bridges' and included the track on 'Long Black Train' (MCA Nashville Records, 2003).

Gary Allan recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'See If I Care' and included the track on 'See If I Care' (MCA Records, 2003).

Gary Allan recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'You Don't Know A Thing About Me' (co-written with Odie Blackman and Gary Allan) and included the track on 'See If I Care' (MCA Records, 2003).

Julie Roberts recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'You Ain't Down Home' and included the track on 'Julie Roberts' (Mercury Nashville Records, 2004).

Randy Travis recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'Pick Up The Oars And Row' and included the track on 'Passing Through' (Word Records/Warner Bros. Records/Curb Records, 2004).

Gary Allan recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'Nickajack's Cave (Johnny Cash's Redemption)' and included the track on 'Tough All Over' (MCA Records, 2005).

Gary Allan recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'What Kind Of Fool' and included the track on 'Tough All Over' (MCA Records, 2005).

Gary Allan recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'No Damn Good' (co-written with Odie Blackman and Gary Allan) and included the track on 'Tough All Over' (MCA Records, 2005).

Gary Allan recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'We Fly By Night' (co-written with Odie Blackman and Gary Allan) and included the track on 'Get Off On The Pain' (MCA Records, 2010).

Don Williams recorded Jamie O'Hara's 'Imagine That' (co-written with Kieran Kane) and included the track on 'And So It Goes' (Sugar Hill Records, 2012); the track was a duet with Keith Urban and had originally been the title track of The O'Kanes' third, and final, album, 'Imagine That' (Columbia Records, 1990).

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