• 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

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Webster Public Relations
, PO Box 23015, Nashville, TN 37202

Contact Scott Adkins
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 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 John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), which he submitted to this site on Tuesday 30 September 2014 / Thursday 2 October 2014.

Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) who made a special contribution to this unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.



John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)
This quote was submitted on Wednesday 30 September 2014 / Thursday 2 October 2014.

'I am actually not that familiar with Gene's music itself as I should be!

I have heard a few of his songs and always liked them in the past, but the man's reputation I am very familiar with.

I have heard so many singers that I know over the years, from Vince Gill to others, say what a great singer they think Gene is.

Most agree that he is one of the most under-rated artists, one of the best, and one that should be way past many others as far as being recognised for his talents.

I have also always heard, from both promoters and promo people and others who have worked with him, that Gene is a great guy, a hard worker and a hot singer with good songs.

I have always heard great things about him as a person who is 'a great guy...he is a humble guy, who doesn't act like a star'.

Gene does have a unique tenor voice, as all familiar with him know, but his great reputation and respect within the industry (and from his fans) is also a testament to the man, something even more difficult to attain than awards'.

Thank you, John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), for your support of Gene Watson.

About John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)...

John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), who was born on Wednesday 19 December 1945, was a teenage Disneyland Magic Shop magician three years before he became a founding member of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and discovered that he liked being in front of people.

In his last months of high school, 'music' showed up and put him on stages of the area's many folk clubs. Playing solo and with others (Michael Martin Murphey, Jose Feliciano, and his first group, Wilmore City Moonshiners) would lead to Grammy Awards and entertainment business recognition, and a list of fans around the world, from a career that would span more than forty-five years.

In 1966, when a bunch of guys playing together at McCabe's Guitar Shop, where John McEuen was teaching banjo in Long Beach, California, joined forces as Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, a jug band that headed out to play everything from folk music to rock music to country music.

With Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, John McEuen recorded thirty-four albums, including the Platinum-selling 'Will The Circle Be Unbroken' (United Artists Records, 1972), which was instigated by John and produced by John's brother Bill McEuen.

According to Rolling Stone Magazine, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's 'Will The Circle Be Unbroken' (United Artists Records, 1972) is 'one of the most important recordings ever to come out of Nashville'. The album is recognised as a music milestone and an integral part of Americana history.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's John McEuen recorded thirty-four albums, including the Platinum-selling 'Will The Circle Be Unbroken' (United Artists Records, 1972) was declared, in 2004, by the Zagat Survey as 'the most important album in country music', and was inducted into The Library of Congress as 'one of America's most important historic recordings'.

Multi-instrumentalist John McEuen ventured into varied musical genres simultaneous with band pursuits, making six of his own albums and producing ten others.

Taking his music and other talents to different formats, including television specials (writing and producing), film scoring, unusual award winning albums and concert production, John McEuen received recognition and awards in all the fields.

Keeping up an active concert schedule, both solo and with his lifetime partners in Nitty Gritty Dirt Band music, John McEuen also won a Grammy Award for 'Best Bluegrass Album' for his production of Steve Martin's 'The Crow - New Songs For The 5-String Banjo' (Rounder Records, Rounder 2009), which featured special guests Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Earl Scruggs (Sunday 6 January 1924 - Wednesday 28 March 2012), Tim O'Brien, Tony Trischka and Mary Black.

John McEuen's love of acoustic music history and being onstage is evident to all those who see him putting his banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, lap steel and piano together with songs and comedic storytelling.

In 2010, John McEuen was honoured with 'Best In The West Award' by The Folk Alliance.

After participating in over 10,000 interviews, John McEuen started his radio show, 'Acoustic Traveller', on XM's 'The Village'. The music John performs today evolved from early inspiration from seeing The Dillards in his native southern California, along with music he made going down that early road with various artists.

Initially searching for a path to showbusiness in 1965, with borrowed money, John McEuen booked Bob Dylan for a concert in a Long Beach high school auditorium. The show sold out! John McEuen paid back the loan and bought a new banjo.

By 1970, John McEuen convinced his brother, who was then manager/producer of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, to also manage high school buddy Steve Martin, with whom John had worked with in Disneyland's Magic Shop; John McEuen recalled that 'Steve says he learned a lot of banjo from me. I could just steal notes off records quicker was all, and he has written some of my favourite banjo tunes. But, I think, I learned more from him, and not all music'.

During the course of his illustrous career, John McEuen has played over eight thousand shows around the world.

John McEuen has performed and/or recorded with an amazing array of artists, including the following:

Dolly Parton
Willie Nelson
Bill Wyman
Johnny Cash (Friday 26 February 1932 - Friday 12 September 2003)
Marshall Tucker Band
Steve Martin
The Smothers Brothers
Rowan & Martin
Clint Eastwood
Phish
Crystal Gayle
Michael Martin Murphey
Hans Olson
Tammy Wynette (Tuesday 5 May 1942 - Monday 6 April 1998)
Bill Monroe (Wednesday 13 September 1911 - Monday 9 September 1996)
Earl Scruggs (Sunday 6 January 1924 - Wednesday 28 March 2012)
Lester Flatt (Friday 19 June 1914 - Friday 11 May 1979)
Leon Russell
Kevin Nealon
Tom Chapin
Pete Seeger (Saturday 3 May 1919 - Monday 27 January 2014)
Mary McCaslin
Vassar Clements (Wednesday 25 April 1928 - Tuesday 16 August 2005)
Jose Feliciano
Sissy Spacek
Tommy Lee Jones
Andy Williams (Saturday 3 December 1927 - Tuesday 25 September 2012)
Dizzy Gillespie
The Band
The Doors
Foreigner
John Denver (Friday 31 December 1943 - Sunday 12 October 1997)
Kenny Rogers
Little Richard
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Robin Williams
Albert Gore
Robert Schimmel
Tom Petty
Stephen Wright
Little River Band
Air Supply
Doobie Brothers
Bill Cosby
Martha Redbone
Hootie & The Blowfish

In 2013, John McEuen received this quote about him from none other than Garth Brooks:

'I went to see The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in college at Gallagher Arena.

A bunch of guys in the dorm pooled our monies together and threw in an extra buck a piece to pay one of the guys to sleep out for tickets. We got front row.

We were having the time of our lives when, during a fiddle solo, John McEuen leaped over the monitors and past the edge of the stage and landed in between John Mathiason and me.

John McEuen never missed a lick of that solo. That moment is forever etched in my soul'

In February/March 1967, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band saw the release of their self-titled debut album, 'Nitty Gritty Dirt Band' (Liberty Records, 1967), which was produced by Dallas Smith; the album debuted on the Billboard Top Pop Albums Chart on Saturday 8 April 1967, peaked at No.161 and remained on the charts for eight weeks.

The single 'Buy For Me The Rain' (written by Steve Noonan and Greg Copeland) b/w 'Candy Man' (written by Reverand Gary Davis) debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music singles chart on Saturday 8 April 1967, peaked at No.45 on Saturday 6 May 1967, and remained on the charts for seven weeks.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's self-titled debut album, 'Nitty Gritty Dirt Band' (Liberty Records, 1967) included 'Dismal Swamp', which was written by John McEuen and Bill McEuen).

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's self-titled debut album, 'Nitty Gritty Dirt Band' (Liberty Records, 1967) included 'Dismal Swamp', which was written by John McEuen and Bill McEuen) and was a fast bluegrass instrumental. John McEuen's banjo dominates the song, which also featured violin.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's self-titled debut album, 'Nitty Gritty Dirt Band' (Liberty Records, 1967) also included 'Dismal Swamp', which was written by John McEuen and Bill McEuen) and was a fast bluegrass instrumental. John McEuen's banjo dominates the following tracks:

'Euphoria' (written by George Remailly)
'Melissa' (written by Jackson Browne)
'You Took The Happiness (Out Of My Head)' (written by R. Regan)
'Hard Hearted Hannah' (written by Jack Yellen, Milton Ager, Bob Bigelow and Charles Bates)
'Holding' (written by Jackson Browne)
'Song To Jutta' (written by Bruce Kunkel)
'I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate' (written by Armand Piron)
'Crazy Words, Crazy Tune' (written by Jack Yellen and Milton Ager)
'You're Gonna Get It In The End' (written by Mick Takamatsu, James Hendricks and Fred Olsen)

Personnel involved in the recording of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's self-titled debut album, 'Nitty Gritty Dirt Band' (Liberty Records, 1967), included the following:

Bruce Kunkel (guitar, kazoo and washtub bass)
Jeff Hanna (washboard, sandblocks, guitar, comb, kazoo and phinius)
Jimmie Fadden (harmonia, washtub bass, phinius, kazoo and cigarette)
Ralphy Barr (guitar, kazoo, washtub bass and bubbles)
Les Thompson (mandolin, kazoo, washtub bass and phinius)
John McEuen (banjo and washtub bass)

In June/July 1967, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band saw the release of 'Ricochet' (Liberty Records, 1967), which was produced by Dallas Smith, but it failed to make the Billboard album charts.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's 'Ricochet' (Liberty Records, 1967), included the following tracks:

'Shadow Dream Song' (written by Jackson Browne)
'Ooh Po Pe Do Girl' (written by Jeff Hanna)
'Coney Island Washboard' (written by Hampton Durand, Jerry Adams, Ned Nester and Aude Shugard)
'Put A Bar In My Car' (written by Davis and Smith)
'It's Raining Here In Long Beach' (written by Jackson Browne)
'I'll Search The Sky' (written by Jeff Hanna)
'Truly Right' (written by Michael Brewer and Tom Shipley)
'Tide Of Love' (written by Greg Copeland and Steve Noonan)
'Happy Fat Annie' (written by Bruce Kunkel)
'I'll Never Forget What's Her Name' (written by Harvey Gerst and Mike Kollander)
'Call Again' (written by Bruce Kunkel)
'The Teddy Bear's Picnic' (written by John Walter Bratton and Jimmy Kennedy)

Personnel involved in the recording of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's 'Ricochet' (Liberty Records, 1967) included the following:

Jeff Hanna (guitar, mandolin, washboard and vocals)
Jimmie Fadden (guitar, harmonica, washtub bass and vocals)
Ralph Barr (guitar, clarinet and vocals)
Les Thompson (guitar, mandolin and vocals)
Bruce Kunkel (guitar, kazoo and vocals)
John McEuen (banjo, guitar, mandolin and washtub bass)

In June 1968, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band saw the release of 'Rare Junk' (Liberty Records, 1968), which was produced by Dallas Smith. In an attempt to update their sound, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band included electric instrumentation on the record, but it still was a commercial failure.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's 'Rare Junk' (Liberty Records, 1968) included the following tracks:

'Mournin' Blues', which was written by Tony Sbarbaro
'Collegiana', which was written by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields
'Willie The Weeper' (written by Grant Rymal, Walter Melrose and Marty Bloom)
'Cornbread And Lasses (Sassafrass Tea)' (written by Lloyd George and Roland Sullivan)
'These Days' (written by Jackson Browne)
'Sadie Green The Vamp Of New Orleans' (written by Gilbert Wells and Johnny Dunn)
'Dr. Heckle And Mr. Jibe' (written by Dick McDonough)
'End Of Your Line' (written by Farrell)
'Reason To Believe' (written by Tim Hardin)
'Hesitation Blues (Oh! Baby Must I Hesitate?)' (written by Billy Smythe, Scott Middleton and Art Gillham)
'A Number And A Name' (written by Steve Gillette and Tom Campbell)

Personnel involved in the recording of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's 'Rare Junk' (Liberty Records, 1968), included the following:

Ralph Barr (electric guitar, clarinet and acoustic guitar)
John McEuen (piano, plectrum banjo and five-string banjar)
Jeff Hanna (washboard, tambourine, drum, guitar, harmonica, electric guitar and other rare junk)
Jimmie Fadden (tube, jug, mouth harp, harmonica, washtub bass and drums)
Les Thompson (guitar, mandolin, electric bass, tambourine and plectrum banjo)
Bruce Kunkel (guitar, mandolin, violin, fiddle, electric bass and string bass)

Other musicians who contributed to Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's 'Rare Junk' (Liberty Records, 1968), included the following:

Bernie Leadon (guitar on 'Reason To Believe')
Johnny Sandlin (drums)
Paul Hornsby (piano)
Rodney Dillard (dobro)

In February 1970, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band saw the release of 'Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy' (Liberty Records, 1970), which was produced by William McEuen and reached No.66 on the Billboard Top Pop Music Albums Chart.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band saw the release of 'Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy' (Liberty Records, 1970), which was produced by William McEuen and reached No.66 on the Billboard Top Pop Music Albums Chart.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's 'Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy' (Liberty Records, 1970) included three tracks which were hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music singles chart:

'Mr. Bojangles' (written by Jerry Jeff Walker) (No.9, 1970)
'House On Pooh Corner' (written by Kenny Loggins) (No.53, 1971)
'Some Of Shelly's Blues' (written by Michael Nesmith) (No.64, 1971)

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's 'Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy' (Liberty Records, 1970) also included the following tracks:

'Prodigal's Return' (written by Kenny Loggins and Dann Lottermoser)
'Cure' (written by Jeff Hanna)
'Travelin' Mood' (written by James Waynes)
'Chicken Reel' (traditional)
'Yukon Railroad' (written by Kenny Loggins and Dann Lottermoser)
'Livin' Without You' (written by Randy Newman)
'Clinch Mountain Backstep' (written by Ruby Rakes)
'Rave On' (written by Norman Petty, Bill Tilghman and Sonny West)
'Billy In The Low Ground' (written by Les Thompson)
'Jesse James' (traditional)
'Uncle Charlie Interview' (written by Uncle Charlie)
'Opus 36' (written by Muzio Clementi)
'Santa Rosa' (written by Kenny Loggins)
'Propinquity' (written by Michael Nesmith)
'Uncle Charlie' (written by Jimmie Fadden)
'Randy Lynn Rag', which was written by Earl Scruggs (Sunday 6 January 1924 - Wednesday 28 March 2012)
'Swanee River', which was written by Stephen Foster (4 July 1826 - 13 January 1864)
'Uncle Charlie Interview No.2 / Spanish Fandango' (traditional)

Personnel involved in the recording of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's 'Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy' (Liberty Records, 1970) included the following:

Les Thompson (electric bass, mandolin, electric guitar and vocals)
Jimmie Fadden (lead, acoustic and electric guitar, harmonica, washtub bass and vocals
Jeff Hanna (rhythm, acoustic and electric guitar, drums, washboard, percussion and vocals)
Jimmy Ibbotson (rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, lead electric guitar, electric piano, drums, conga, accordion and vocals)
John McEuen (banjo, mandolin, acoustic guitar and accordion)

Additional musicians who contributed to Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's 'Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy' (Liberty Records, 1970) included the following:

Bill Cunningham and Maurice Manceau (guitar, keyboards and vocals)
Jim Gordon (horns and keyboards)
Mike Rubine and John London (bass)
Byron Berline (violin)
Russ Kunkel (drums)

Additional musicians who contributed to Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's 'Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy' (Liberty Records, 1970), but were not credited on either the LP or CD version of the album, included the following:

Chris Darrow (guitar, violin and vocals)
Ralph Barr (guitar and vocals)

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's 'Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy' (Liberty Records, 1970) was released on CD in 1994 with the title 'Uncle Charlie & His Dog' on the spine.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's 'Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy' (Liberty Records, 1970) was re-issued on CD in 2003 and included two additional tracks, 'Mississippi Rain' (written by Lottermoser) and 'What Goes On', which was written by John Lennon (Wednesday 9 October 1940 - Monday 8 December 1980), Paul McCartney and Richard Starkey, along with new liner notes written by Robyn Flans.

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