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 Kirk Jelly Roll Johnson, which he submitted to this site on Saturday 8 February 2014.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Kirk Jelly Roll Johnson who made a special contribution to this unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.
Kirk Jelly Roll Johnson
This quote was submitted on Saturday 8 February 2014.
'I have been a Gene Watson fan ever since I heard 'Love in the Hot Afternoon'.
I was lucky enough to see several live performances by Gene and his band over the years.
Gene Watson has always sung real country music, straight from the heart.
One of my all time favourites!'
Thank you, Jelly Roll Johnson, for your support of Gene Watson.
About Jelly Roll Johnson...
Jelly Roll Johnson's distinctive, soulful style of harmonica has earned him critical acclaim, numerous awards, and a place among Nashville's top session musicians.
A native of Lake Charles, Louisiana Jelly Roll Johnson's career has spanned thirty-five years. He began playing harmonica at the age of nineteen in Cleveland, Tennessee. After touring with several rock, blues and country music groups, he settled in Knoxville to work with The Tommy Cole Band.
From 1979 to 1989, Jelly Roll Johnson played concerts and club dates all across America with Warner Brothers recording artist Con Hunley. The group opened for acts such as Alabama, The Oak Ridge Boys, Loretta Lynn and Emmylou Harris.
Since moving to Nashville in 1984, Jelly Roll Johnson has recorded with Trisha Yearwood, Kenny Rogers, Etta James, Guy Clark, Lee Ann Womack, Travis Tritt, Shania Twain, The Judds, Alan Jackson and many others.
Jelly Roll Johnson's unique sound has been heard on over fifty 'Gold' and 'Platinum' albums, including three Grammy Award-winning albums by Randy Travis.
Jelly Roll Johnson has made numerous television appearances with various artists, including Faith Hill on 'Late Show with David Letterman', Alan Jackson and Jamie O'Neal on 'Tonight Show with Jay Leno', Trisha Yearwood and The Judds on 'Country Music Association Awards Show', and Con Hunley on 'Austin City Limits' and 'Soundstage'.
In 1998, Jelly Roll Johnson won the Nashville Music Award for 'Best Wind Instrumentalist'. After receiving nominations for 1998 and 2000, he won the 'Best Specialty Instrument Award' for 2003 and 2008 from The Academy of Country Music (ACM).
Jelly Roll Johnson regularly performs at Nashville's world-famous Bluebird Cafe with hit songwriters J. Fred Knobloch, Thom Schuyler, Tony Arata and Don Schlitz.
Kirk 'Jelly Roll' Johnson has added his distinctive sound to a large number of recordings by the following impressive list of artists:
Lacy J. Dalton
Gaither Vocal Band
Vern Gosdin (Sunday 5 August 1934 - Tuesday 28 April 2009) (duet with Randy Travis)
Rebecca Lynn Howard
George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013)
B.B. King (duet with Randy Travis)
J. Fred Knobloch
Jo Dee Messina
John Michael Montgomery
Nicole C. Mullen
The O'Kanes (Kieran Kane & Jamie O'Hara)
Dan Seals (Sunday 8 February 1948 - Wednesday 25 March 2009)
Barry & Holly Tashian
Hank Williams Junior
Lee Ann Womack
Connect with Jelly Roll Johnson at jellyrolljohnson.com