Gene Watson Biography: December 2007

Monday 3 December 2007
Gene Watson’s (then) current single, ‘I Buried Our Love’ (written by Tim Menzies and Tony Haselden), had moved up the Music Row Radio Charts from No.68 to No.64; Gene Watson fans in the United States were invited to contact their local country music radio stations and request that they play Gene Watson’s latest single, ‘I Buried Our Love’.

Friday 7 December 2007
Gene Watson’s Fan Site exclusively announced that rock music critic Ken Tucker had reviewed Gene Watson’s new album, ‘In a Perfect World‘ (Shanachie Records, 2007), on Thursday 6 December 2007, for the ‘Fresh Air’ show on radio station WHYY in Philadelphia, PA.

You can listen to the (6 minute, 5 second) review of Gene Watson’s new album, ‘In a Perfect World‘ (Shanachie Records, 2007) by Ken Tucker here.

December 2007
In the December 2007 issue of England’s monthly publication, Country Music People, under the feature title, ‘Keepin’ it Real’, Joe Nichols discussed the authenticity of his music, and the demons behind it, with Douglas McPherson.

During the course of the feature, the name of Gene Watson came up in conversation.

Douglas McPherson
Joe Nichols has also been recording recently with one of his honky tonk heroes, singing on the title track of Gene Watson’s new album, ‘In a Perfect World‘ (Shanachie Records, 2007).

Joe Nichols
That was a great opportunity.  He actually had a couple of pretty great singers on the album and for him to include me was a very big honour.

Douglas McPherson
Recalling the moment when he stood in the vocal booth with Watson’s voice coming through his earphones, Joe Nichols says gleefully, ‘It was like being a little kid and listening to one of his records…only this time we were gonna make music with him.  We never ran across each other in the studio.  We were in town at different times.  But it’s still something I can always say I got to do – sing on one of Gene Watson’s albums’.

Joe Nichols is such a devotee of Gene Watson that he has recorded two of Gene’s classic songs; Joe Nichols recorded ‘Farewell Party’, which was written by Lawton Williams (Monday 24 July 1922 – Thursday 26 July 2007), and included the track on ‘Revelation’ (Universal South Records, 2004).

The original version of ‘Farewell Party’ was recorded by Gene Watson, who included the track on ‘Reflections‘ (Capitol Records, 1978).

Joe Nichols has also recorded Gene Watson’s ‘Should I Come Home (Or Should I Go Crazy)’ (written by Joe Allen) and included the track on ‘Joe Nichols III’ (Universal South Records, 2005).

The original version of ‘Should I Come Home (Or Should I Go Crazy)’ (written by Joe Allen) was recorded by Gene Watson, who included it on ‘Should I Come Home‘ (Capitol Records, 1979).

The full Joe Nichols feature with Douglas McPherson can be found in the December 2007 issue of Country Music People.