Gene Watson’s ‘A Taste of the Truth’ (Shanachie Records, 2009)

Gene Watson: 'A Taste of The Truth' (Shanachie Records, 2009)

‘A Taste of The Truth’
Shanachie Records 6207 (2009)

Gene Watson’s ‘A Taste of The Truth’ (Shanachie Records, 2009) was officially released by Shanachie Records on Tuesday 25 August 2009.


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About Gene Watson’s ‘A Taste of The Truth’…

Album Sleeve Notes
‘Special thanks from Gene Watson – from the heart! – to Sarah Brosmer for helping to make this album happen.

Without the help of many great friends, this album would not have been made.  Thanks to all of the extraordinary musicians who put their personal artistry on the record: Kelly Back, James Gordon Freeze, Sonny Garrish, Aubrey Haynie, Dirk Johnson, Gail Rudisill-Johnson, Mike Johnson, Joel Key, David Smith and Robb Tripp.

To Liana Manis and John Wesley Ryles, thanks for the fantastic background vocals.

To Rhonda Vincent, Trace Adkins and Alison Krauss – Words can‚Äôt express what an honor it was to record with you.  Not only do you have unparalleled vocal talent but the gift you gave of your personal time means the world to me.

A big thank you to Lytle Management (John Lytle, Sarah Brosmer, Hannah Sanford and Tony Grotticelli).  Thanks for everything you do to keep my career on the road and between the lines.

To Richard Nevins, Randall Grass and the wonderful staff at Shanachie Records, thank you for allowing me to make this album.

To Carrie Moore-Reed at Third Coast Talent, thanks for the excellent job keeping me booked and the tour bus rolling.

To Sean Brady, thanks for all you do managing the fan website.

A sincere thanks to every one of my fans who have come to the concerts and bought my records throughout the years.

To The Farewell Party Band, thank you for being onstage with me night after night.

I especially want to send a huge thank you to Dirk Johnson for producing this album and for working day and night to get it done.

Also thanks to Steve Chandler for engineering and to Anthony Johnson for mixing/mastering.

Thanks to CCB for the superb production assistance.

Above all else, thanks to God for continuing to allow me to make the music that I share with you’.


Gene Watson’s ‘A Taste of The Truth’ (Shanachie Records, 2009) was produced by Dirk Johnson for Dirkworks Productions.

Executive Producer: Gene Watson

Orchestrations arranged and performed by Dirk Johnson and Gail Rudisill-Johnson
Recorded by Steve C. Chandler and Dirk Johnson at Hilltop Studio, Nashville, TN
Additional recording by Dirk Johnson at Dirkworks Studios
Mixed and Mastered by Anthony Johnson at MasterMine, Hendersonville, TN
Production Assistant: CCB Project Coordinator: Sarah Brosmer
Photography: Darin Back
Photographer Assistant: Lindsey Brosmer
Hair and Makeup: Calene Rader
Design by Lorien Babajian


Overview
‘A Taste of The Truth’ (Shanachie Records)

‘Gene Watson is one of the all-time great voices of country music.  Here he delivers the pure, classic sound of country – the real country music that so many fans have been looking for today’.


‘A Taste of The Truth’
Shanachie Records 6207 (2009)


1 ‘Speakin’ of The Angel’
Writers: Shawn Camp and Jim Rushing
Publishers: EMI Longitude Music, Songs of Universal Inc. / BMI

Musician Credits
Band Leader, Piano, Wurlitzer, Clavinet and Keyboards: Dirk Johnson
Bass Guitar: David Smith
Drums and Percussion: Robb Tripp
Steel Guitar: Sonny Garrish
Electric Guitar: Kelly Back
Acoustic Guitar: Joel Key
Additional Acoustic Guitar: Kelly Back
Fiddle: Aubrey Haynie
Harmony Vocals: John Wesley Ryles

Shawn Camp¬†recorded ‘Speakin’ of The Angel’ (written by Shawn Camp¬†and¬†Jim Rushing) and included the track on ‘Shawn Camp’ (Warner Bros. Records / WEA Records, 1993).


2 ‘A Taste of The Truth’
Writers: Rebecca Lynn Howard and Larry Cordle
Publishers: Rebecca Lynn Howard Music (ASCAP) / Wandachord Music / BMI / Yankee Clipper Music / BMI (both admin. by EverGreen Copyrights)

Musician Credits
Band Leader, Piano, Wurlitzer, Clavinet and Keyboards: Dirk Johnson
Bass Guitar: David Smith
Drums and Percussion: Robb Tripp
Steel Guitar: Sonny Garrish
Electric Guitar: Kelly Back
Acoustic Guitar: Joel Key
Fiddle: Aubrey Haynie
Harmony Vocals: John Wesley Ryles
Harmony Vocals: Liana Manis


3 ‘We’ve Got A Pulse’
Writers: Jerry Salley and Billy Yates
Publishers: EMI Blackwood Music Inc., Pay The Bill Music, EMI Music Pub. / BMI, Foray Music, Sea Keeper Music / SESAC

Musician Credits
Band Leader, Piano, Wurlitzer, Clavinet and Keyboards: Dirk Johnson
Bass Guitar: David Smith
Drums and Percussion: Robb Tripp
Steel Guitar: Mike Johnson
Electric Guitar: Kelly Back
Acoustic Guitar: Joel Key
Additional Acoustic Guitar: Kelly Back
Fiddle: Aubrey Haynie
Lead Vocal: Trace Adkins
Harmony Vocals: John Wesley Ryles
Harmony Vocals: Liana Manis


4 ‘Til A Better Memory Comes Along’
Writers: Eugene David Dobbins (Monday 19 March 1934 – Sunday 23 November 2008), Tim Menzies and Glenn Ray McGuirt (1938 – Thursday 11 June 2020)
Publishers: Music City Music / ASCAP, Foray Music / SESAC

Musician Credits
Band Leader, Piano, Wurlitzer, Clavinet and Keyboards: Dirk Johnson
Bass Guitar: David Smith
Drums and Percussion: Robb Tripp
Steel Guitar: Sonny Garrish
Electric Guitar: Kelly Back
Acoustic Guitar: Joel Key
Additional Acoustic Guitar: Kelly Back
Fiddle: Aubrey Haynie
Harmony Vocals: John Wesley Ryles
Harmony Vocals: Liana Manis

Shelby Lynne recorded ‘Til A Better Memory Comes Along’, which was written by Eugene David Dobbins (Monday 19 March 1934 – Sunday 23 November 2008), Tim Menzies and Glenn Ray McGuirt (1938 – Thursday 11 June 2020), and included the track on ‘Tough All Over’ (Epic Records, 1990); the album featured Tim Menzies on acoustic guitar.



Mark Chesnutt
recorded ‘Til A Better Memory Comes Along’, which was written by Eugene David Dobbins (Monday 19 March 1934 – Sunday 23 November 2008), Tim Menzies and Glenn Ray McGuirt (1938 – Thursday 11 June 2020), and included the track on ‘Almost Goodbye’ (MCA Records, 1993).


5 ‘It’s My Lie’
Writers: Tim Menzies and Monty Criswell
Publishers: House of Sea Gayle Music, Wind in My Sails Music / ASCAP, Steel Wheels Music, Blind Mule Music / BMI

Musician Credits
Band Leader, Piano, Wurlitzer, Clavinet and Keyboards: Dirk Johnson
Bass Guitar: David Smith
Drums and Percussion: Robb Tripp
Steel Guitar: Sonny Garrish
Electric Guitar: Kelly Back
Acoustic Guitar: Joel Key
Additional Acoustic Guitar: Kelly Back
Fiddle: Aubrey Haynie
Harmony Vocals: John Wesley Ryles
Harmony Vocals: Liana Manis


6 ‘Staying Together’
Writers: Jerry Salley and Monty Holmes
Publishers: EMI Music Pub. / ASCAP, Country Gentleman Music / SESAC

Musician Credits
Band Leader, Piano, Wurlitzer, Clavinet and Keyboards: Dirk Johnson
Bass Guitar: James Gordon Freeze
Drums and Percussion: Robb Tripp
Steel Guitar: Sonny Garrish
Electric Guitar: Kelly Back
Acoustic Guitar: Joel Key
Additional Acoustic Guitar: Kelly Back
Fiddle: Aubrey Haynie
Lead Vocal: Rhonda Vincent
Harmony Vocal: Dirk Johnson


7 ‘Three Minutes At A Time’
Writers: Tim Menzies and Keith Stegall
Publishers: EMI Full Keel Music, Blakemore Avenue Music, Brensboy Music / ASCAP, Universal Music Z Songs / BMI

Musician Credits
Band Leader, Piano, Wurlitzer, Clavinet and Keyboards: Dirk Johnson
Bass Guitar: David Smith
Drums and Percussion: Robb Tripp
Steel Guitar: Mike Johnson
Electric Guitar: Kelly Back
Acoustic Guitar: Joel Key
Fiddle: Aubrey Haynie
Harmony Vocals: John Wesley Ryles
Harmony Vocals: Liana Manis


8 ‘Wrong Way To Find Mr. Right’
Writers: Tim Menzies and Debbie Hupp
Publishers: Music City Music, Debbie Hupp Music, Let There Be Music / ASCAP

Musician Credits
Band Leader, Piano, Wurlitzer, Clavinet and Keyboards: Dirk Johnson
Congas and Percussion: Dirk Johnson
Bass Guitar: David Smith
Drums and Percussion: Robb Tripp
Steel Guitar: Sonny Garrish
Electric Guitar: Kelly Back
Acoustic Guitar: Joel Key
Fiddle: Aubrey Haynie
Harmony Vocals: John Wesley Ryles
Harmony Vocals: Liana Manis


9 ‘Use Me Again’
Writers: Billy Lawson, Curly Putman (Thursday 20 November 1930 РSunday 30 October 2016) and Dale Dodson
Publishers: Sony ATV Tree Pub. / ASCAP

Musician Credits
Band Leader, Piano, Wurlitzer, Clavinet and Keyboards: Dirk Johnson
Bass Guitar: David Smith
Drums and Percussion: Robb Tripp
Steel Guitar: Sonny Garrish
Electric Guitar: Kelly Back
Acoustic Guitar: Joel Key
Fiddle: Aubrey Haynie
Violins and Violas: Gail Rudisill-Johnson
Harmony Vocal: Alison Krauss
Harmony Vocals: John Wesley Ryles
Harmony Vocals: Liana Manis

Erin Enderlin: 'Chapter Three: Whatever Gets You Through The Night' (Erin Enderlin Productions / Blaster Records, 2019)
Erin Enderlin: 'Faulkner County' (Black Crow Productions, 2019)

Erin Enderlin recorded¬†‘Use Me Again’, which was written by Billy Lawson, Curly Putman (Thursday 20 November 1930 – Sunday 30 October 2016) and Dale Dodson, and included the track on ‘Chapter Three: Whatever Gets You Through The Night’ (Erin Enderlin Productions / Blaster Records, 2019), a 3-track extended play (EP) disc; the track was subsequently included on¬†Erin Enderlin‘s ‘Faulkner County’ (Black Crow Productions, 2019).


10 ‘Still They Call Me Love’
Writers: Harley Allen (Monday 23 January 1956 – Wednesday 30 March 2011) and John Wiggins
Publishers: Coburn Music Inc., Fiddle Stock Music, Notewrite Music / BMI

Musician Credits
Band Leader, Piano, Wurlitzer, Clavinet and Keyboards: Dirk Johnson
Bass Guitar: James Gordon Freeze
Drums and Percussion: Robb Tripp
Steel Guitar: Mike Johnson
Electric Guitar: Kelly Back
Acoustic Guitar: Joel Key
Fiddle: Aubrey Haynie
Harmony Vocals: John Wesley Ryles
Harmony Vocals: Liana Manis

Ken Mellons: 'Rural Route' (Jukebox Junkie Inc. Records, 2010)

Ken Mellons
recorded ‘Still They Call Me Love’, which was written by Harley Allen (Monday 23 January 1956 – Wednesday 30 March 2011) and John Wiggins, and included the track on ‘Rural Route’ (Jukebox Junkie Inc. Records, 2010).


11 ‘I Know An Ending’
Writer: Hank Cochran (Monday 2 August 1935 – Thursday 15 July 2010)
Publishers: Sony ATV Tree Pub / BMI

Musician Credits
Band Leader, Piano, Wurlitzer, Clavinet and Keyboards: Dirk Johnson
Bass Guitar: David Smith
Drums and Percussion: Robb Tripp
Steel Guitar: Sonny Garrish
Electric Guitar: Kelly Back
Acoustic Guitar: Joel Key
Fiddle: Aubrey Haynie
Harmony Vocals: John Wesley Ryles
Harmony Vocals: Liana Manis



Jack Greene
(Tuesday 7 January 1930 – Thursday 15 March 2013) & Jeannie Seely recorded ‘I Know An Ending’, which was written by Hank Cochran (Monday 2 August 1935 – Thursday 15 July 2010), under the alternative title of ‘We Know An Ending’, and included the track on ‘Two For The Show’ (Decca Records, 1972).

Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 – Wednesday 6 April 2016) recorded ‘I Know An Ending’, which was written by Hank Cochran (Monday 2 August 1935 – Thursday 15 July 2010), and included the track on ‘It’s All in The Movies’ (Capitol Records, 1976).

In 1979, Emmylou Harris recorded ‘I Know An Ending’, which was written by Hank Cochran (Monday 2 August 1935 – Thursday 15 July 2010); the track was included on the 2004 re-issue of ‘Blue Kentucky Girl’ (Warner Bros. Records, 2004), which was originally released by Warner Bros. Records in 1979, but ‘I Know An Ending’ was not included at the time.


‚ÄĘ Read a Country Music People review of Gene Watson’s ‘A Taste of the Truth‘ (Shanachie Records, 2009)

The review, which was written by Duncan Warwick, was published in the October 2009 issue of the United Kingdom monthly publication Country Music People.




‘A Taste of The Truth’
Shanachie Records 6207 (2009)