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Gene Watson's Peers

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 2018, 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 Monte Warden, which he submitted to this site on Tuesday 13 February 2018.

Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Monte Warden who made a special contribution to this unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.
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This quote was submitted on Tuesday 13 February 2018.


'Hey, Sean - Monte Warden here!

Thank you for asking me to say a few words about Gene Watson.

Gene Watson: 'Love in The Hot Afternoon' (Capitol Records, 1975)

Gene has always been one of my favourite country singers, since 'Love in The Hot Afternoon' came out.  I wanna say 1975, I think I was about eight or nine years old.

KOKE FM, Austin, Texas

And my Dad would play that in his truck.  We'd listen to KOKE here in Austin and that on the radio every five minutes.

Gene Watson: 'Paper Rosie' (Capitol Records, 1977) Gene Watson: 'Old Loves Never Die' (MCA Records, 1981) Gene Watson: 'Reflections' (Capitol Records, 1978)

And then 'Paper Rosie', and 'Fourteen Carat Mind', and 'Farewell Party'.

Gene has always been one of my very, very favourite country singers.

And, in 1988, my group, The Wagoneers, got to open for him, a couple or three times.

Gene Watson: 'Back in The Fire' (Warner Bros. Records, 1988)

And, it seemed like he was enjoying a big hit

He hadn't had a hit in a few years, and it was, I think, 'Don't Waste It On The Blues' was a Top 10 record, and his tour manager gave me his Gene Watson members only tour jacket, and I've kept it for all these thirty years as a prized possession.

Gene Watson: 'Little By Little' (MCA Records, 1984)

And my wife Brandi, when she and I got together in the late '90s, her Daddy is a songwriter, Phil Thomas, and we were talking about cuts he'd had.  He'd written songs for Alabama, and George Strait, and she said he wrote 'Drinkin' My Way Back Home' for Gene Watson.

And, I went, oh my gosh, that's one of my favourite songs that Gene Watson ever did.

So, I love Gene.  I think he deserves to be in The Country Music Hall of Fame.

I think he deserves to be a household name as one of the greatest country singers that ever lived or will ever live.

So, thanks again for asking me to say a few words about him'

Thank you, Monte Warden, for your support of Gene Watson.
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About Monte Warden...

Monte Warden

Monte Warden
is a native of Austin, Texas where he was born on Wednesday 26 April 1967.

Monte Warden won his first of many Austin Music Awards (for 'Best New Band') when he was fifteen years old.  The band in question was the rockabilly trio Whoa Trigger!, which the young Monte Warden rode all the way into his next project.

The even more popular and highly influential, Wagoneers, were formed in 1986 and scored a major label record deal with A&M Records after performing at the first South By South West Festival in 1987.

Wagoneers consisted of Monte Warden (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), Brent Wilson (lead guitar and backing vocals), Craig Allan Pettigrew (bass) and Thomas A. Lewis Junior (drums).

Wagoneers: 'Stout & High' (A&M Records, 1988)

Wagoneers’ 'Stout & High' (A&M Records, 1988) included three tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'I Wanna Know Her Again' (No.43, 1988) / this track also reached No.32 on the Canadian country music singles chart in 1988
'Every Step of The Way' (No.52, 1988)
'Help Me Get Over You' (No.66, 1989)

Wagoneers’ 'Stout & High' (A&M Records, 1988) also included the following tracks:

'I Confess'
'So Many Mistakes'
'Please Don't Think I'm Guilty'
'Stout & High' / Herb Alpert played trumpet on this track
'It'll Take Some Time'
'Lie & Say You Love Me'
'Hell Town'
'All Nite'

Wagoneers’ 'Stout & High' (A&M Records, 1988) reached No.47 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1988.

Wagoneers: 'Good Fortune' (A&M Records, 1989)

In 1989, Wagoneers saw the release of 'Good Fortune' (A&M Records, 1989), which included one track, which was a hit single on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Sit a Little Closer' (written by Monte Warden and Mas Palermo) (No.53, 1989) / this track reached No.48 on the Canadian country music singles chart in 1989

Wagoneers' 'Good Fortune' (A&M Records, 1989) also included the following tracks:

'Everybody Calls My Baby Honey'
'Por Favor Señor'
'Take Me' (written by Monte Warden and Craig Pettigrew)
'Champagne & Chandeliers'
'Good Fortune'
'She Wouldn't Have It'
'Atlanta'
'Test of Time'
'I Can't Stay'

Personnel involved in the recording of Wagoneers' 'Good Fortune' (A&M Records, 1989) included the following:

Sleepy LaBeef
Glen Duncan
Glen D. Hardin
Kayton Roberts (pedal steel guitar)
Craig Pettigrew (six-string bass)

Wagoneers' 'Good Fortune' (A&M Records, 1989) did not chart on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart.

Wagoneers received rave reviews, played on 'Austin City Limits', on the hallowed stage of The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, and found themselves sharing the stage with both country music and rock music legends.

Then, in late 1989, Wagoneers suddenly called it quits, but not before establishing themselves as originators and innovators.  Wagoneers truly helped lay the foundation for the Americana and alt-country movement of the 1990s.  Wagoneers' popularity never took off on a nationwide scale in the Unted States; the band broke up in 1990.

In 1995, Monte Warden said in an interview, when he was pursuing a solo career, that 'There were a lot of reasons why the Wagoneers didn't happen on a bigger scale.  Number one, we were on a pop label (A&M Records) that had never attempted to get in the country music market before.  Two, even though it was just four or five years ago, that was light years in regards to country music's popularity and we were a different group, a bit unique at that time.  That, and maybe country radio wasn't just ready for those songs.  It doesn't matter what the success level was, for me; I was just pleased to get to make records'.

Kelly Willis: 'Well Travelled Love' (MCA Records, 1990)

Kelly Willis recorded Monte Warden's 'Don't Be Afraid' and included the track on 'Well Travelled Love' (MCA Records, 1990).

Kelly Willis: 'Well Travelled Love' (MCA Records, 1990)

Kelly Willis recorded Monte Warden's 'One More Time' (co-written with Emory Gordy Junior) and included the track on 'Well Travelled Love' (MCA Records, 1990).

Kelly Willis: 'Bang Bang' (MCA Records, 1991) Kelly Willis: 'One More Time: The MCA Recordings' (MCA Records, 2000)

Kelly Willis recorded Monte Warden's 'I'll Try Again' (co-written with Jim Lauderdale) and included the track on 'Bang Bang' (MCA Records, 1991); the track was subsequently included on Kelly Willis' 'One More Time: The MCA Recordings' (MCA Records, 2000).

Patty Loveless: 'Up Against My Heart' (MCA Records, 1991)

Patty Loveless recorded Monte Warden's 'If You Don't Want Me' (co-written with Emory Gordy Junior) and included the track on 'Up Against My Heart' (MCA Records, 1991).

Monte Warden: 'Monte Warden' (Watermelon Records, 1993)

In 1993, Monte Warden saw the release of his self-titled solo debut album, 'Monte Warden' (Watermelon Records, 1993), which included the following tracks:

'Don't Know a Thing'
'Forever From Now On
'Til She Walked In'
'Give My Heart a Break'
'The Only One'
'It's Amazing'
'Feel Better'
'Everyday We Fall in Love'
'Just To Hear Your Voice' (written by Monte Warden)
'All I Want is You'
'Car Seat'

Monte Warden's self-titled solo debut album, 'Monte Warden' (Watermelon Records, 1993), was named one of the 100 best American albums of the 20th century by New Music Express.

Monte Warden: 'Here I Am' (Watermelon Records, 1995)

In 1995, Monte Warden saw the release of 'Here I Am' (Watermelon Records, 1995), which included the following tracks:

'Here I Am' (written by Mas Palermo and Monte Warden)
'The Way I Feel' (written by Mas Palermo and Monte Warden)
'I Need You' (written by Monte Warden)
'Dyin' Inside' (written by Mas Palermo and Monte Warden)
'You're in Love' (written by Mas Palermo and Monte Warden)
'Wall Around Your Heart' (written by Monte Warden)
'Teardrops' (written by Trish Mitchell and Monte Warden)
'Wicked Lies' (written by Mas Palermo and Monte Warden)
'Just Like Me' (written by Paul Kennerley and Monte Warden)
'Do You Remember' (written by Monte Warden)

Bruce Robison: 'Wrapped' (Sony Music Distribution, 1998)

Bruce Robison recorded Monte Warden's 'Desperately' (co-written with Bruce Robison) and included the track on 'Wrapped' (Sony Music Distribution, 1998).

Bruce Robison: 'Wrapped' (Sony Music Distribution, 1998)

Bruce Robison recorded Monte Warden's 'End Like That' (co-written with Bruce Robison) and included the track on 'Wrapped' (Sony Music Distribution, 1998).

Monte Warden: 'A Stranger To Me Now' (Elektra Records, 1999)

On Tuesday 9 March 1999, Monte Warden saw the release of 'A Stranger To Me Now' (Elektra Records, 1999), which included the following tracks:

'Your Heart Will Come Around' (written by Monte Warden)
'The Love You Promised Me' (written by John Bettis, Ray Vega and Monte Warden)
'It's Only Love' (written by Colin Boyd and Monte Warden)
'For You' (written by Michael Noble and Monte Warden)
'I Take Your Love' (written by Mas Palermo and Monte Warden)
'A Stranger To Me Now' (written by Bill Lloyd and Monte Warden)
'Someday' (written by Michael Noble and Monte Warden)
'Just To Hear Your Voice' (written by Monte Warden)
'I Can't Tell My Heart What To Do' (written by Bill Lloyd and Monte Warden)
'Madeline' (written by Mas Palermo and Bruce Robison)
'Another Try' (written by Bill Lloyd and Monte Warden)

Travis Tritt: 'Down The Road I Go' (Columbia Records, 2000)

Travis Tritt recorded Monte Warden's 'I Wish I Was Wrong' (co-written with Tommy Connors) and included the track on 'Down The Road I Go' (Columbia Records, 2000).

George Strait: 'Honkytonkville' (MCA Records, 2003)

George Strait recorded Monte Warden's 'Desperately' (co-written with Bruce Robison) and included the track on 'Honkytonkville' (MCA Records, 2003); the track, which reached No.6 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart in 2004, earned Monte Warden (in March 2007) the prestigious BMI 'Million-Air' Award, signifying over one million radio performances of the song.

Bill Lloyd: 'Horizontal Hold' (Bill Lloyd Self Release, 2005) (download only)

Bill Lloyd recorded Monte Warden's 'One Last Look' (co-written with Bill Lloyd) and included the track on 'Horizontal Hold' (Bill Lloyd Self Release, 2005).

Bill Lloyd: 'Horizontal Hold' (Bill Lloyd Self Release, 2005) (download only)

Bill Lloyd recorded Monte Warden's 'Horizontal Hold' (co-written with Bill Lloyd) and included the track on 'Horizontal Hold' (Bill Lloyd Self Release, 2005).

Bill Lloyd: 'Horizontal Hold' (Bill Lloyd Self Release, 2005) (download only)

Bill Lloyd recorded Monte Warden's 'I Can’t Tell My Heart What To Do' (co-written with Bill Lloyd) and included the track on 'Horizontal Hold' (Bill Lloyd Self Release, 2005).

In late 2005, Monte Warden was awarded his first BMI Award for success in the country music field.

Bruce Robison: 'It Came from San Antonio' (Premium Latin Music, 2007)

Bruce Robison recorded Monte Warden's 'Anywhere But Here' (co-written with Bruce Robison) and included the track on 'It Came from San Antonio' (Premium Latin Music, 2007).

In 2008, Carrie Underwood recorded Monte Warden's 'It Hurts So Much', but the track was never released.


Wagoneers

In 2011, Wagoneers were asked to get together and play a brief set at Austin Music Awards to coincide with their induction into The Austin Music Hall of Fame.

Wagoneers found that playing together again felt so natural, they booked a few small gigs in Austin, New Braunfels, Dallas, Houston and other cities in Texas.

 Wagoneers: 'Stout & High' (A&M Records, 1988) Wagoneers: 'Good Fortune' (A&M Records, 1989)Wagoneers: 'Essential Wagoneers' (A&M Records, 2011)

Wagoneers followed up by issuing a collection, which included both first albums - 'Stout & High' (A&M Records, 1988) and 'Good Fortune' (A&M Records, 1989), along with three country gospel songs from an unreleased project which was produced by Emory Gordy Junior in 1988 - as 'The Essential Wagoneers' (A&M Records, 2011).

In 2012, Wagoneers reunited and completed their first album since 1989 with Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum producer, Mark Bright, at the helm.

Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis: 'Our Year' (Premium Records, 2014)

Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis recorded Monte Warden's 'Anywhere But Here' (co-written with Bruce Robison) and included the track on 'Our Year' (Premium Records, 2014).

The Texas Music Hall of Fame / Monte Warden is a rare two-time member of The Texas Music Hall of Fame, both as a solo artist and as a member of Wagoneers

Monte Warden is a rare two-time member of The Texas Music Hall of Fame, both as a solo artist and as a member of Wagoneers.

Buddy Holly (Monday 7 September 1936 - Tuesday 3 February 1959)

In addition to his success as a songwriter and recording artist, Monte Warden is recognised throughout the world as one of the premier experts on the career, life and musical works of Buddy Holly (Monday 7 September 1936 - Tuesday 3 February 1959).

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