Gene Watson Peer’s Quote from Bobbie Cryner: August 2009

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 by The Gene Watson Fan Site, during 2009, 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 Bobbie Cryner, which she submitted to this site on Monday 3 August 2009.

Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to Bobbie Cryner who made a special contribution to this unique part of this online ‘celebration of a Lone Star Hero’.



Bobbie Cryner
This quote was submitted on Monday 3 August 2009.

‘Thank you for asking, Sean.

Here’s a quote I came up with that fits Gene Watson to a T.

Having such talent as Gene Watson in the country music family is like a four leaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have.

His music will be known for generations to come.

This is truly what I feel about Gene Watson’s music!’

Thank you, Bobbie Cryner, for your support of Gene Watson.

About Bobbie Cryner…

Bobbie Cryner was born Phyllis Eileen Criner in Woodland, California on Wednesday 13 September 1961.

On Tuesday 24 August 1993, Bobbie Cryner saw the release of her self-titled debut album, ‘Bobbie Cryner’ (Epic Records, 1993), which was co-produced by Doug Johnson and Carl Jackson, and included three tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart:


‘Daddy Laid The Blues On Me’ (written by Bobbie Cryner) / this track reached No.63 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart on Saturday 3 July 1993



‘He Feels Guilty’ (written by Tommy Polk and Verlon Thompson) / this track reached No.68 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart on Saturday 20 November 1993

‘You Could Steal Me’ (written by Bobbie Cryner and Jesse Hunter)
 / this track reached No.72 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart on Saturday 14 May 1994

Bobbie Cryner’s self-titled debut album, ‘Bobbie Cryner’ (Epic Records, 1993), also included the following tracks:

‘Too Many Tears Too Late’, which was written by Carl Jackson and Jim Weatherly (Wednesday 17 March 1943 – Wednesday 3 February 2021)
‘I Think It’s Over Now’ (written by Bobbie Cryner)
‘Leavin’ Houston Blues’ (written by Bobbie Cryner)

‘I Don’t Care’, which was written by Buck Owens (Monday 12 August 1929 – Saturday 25 March 2006) / this track featured guest vocals from Dwight Yoakam / the original version of this track was recorded by Buck Owens & The Buckaroos, who included it on ‘I Don’t Care’ (Capitol Records, 1964); Buck Owens & The Buckaroos’ version of the track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for six weeks in October / November 1964

‘I’m Through Waitin’ On You’ (written by Bobbie Cryner, Tim Nichols and Zack Turner)

‘The One I Love The Most’, which was written by Eugene David Dobbins (Monday 19 March 1934 – Sunday 23 November 2008), Michael Huffman and Bob Morrison
‘This Heart Speaks For Itself’ (written by Bobbie Cryner)

Personnel involved in the recording of Bobbie Cryner’s self-titled debut album, ‘Bobbie Cryner’ (Epic Records, 1993), included the following:

Owen Hale (drums, percussion)
Mike Chapman and Dave Pomeroy (bass)
Steve Nathan (keyboards)
Pete Anderson, Bruce C. Bouton, Steve Gibson, Carl Jackson and Brent Mason (guitars)
Bruce C. Bouton (steel guitar)
Bruce C. Bouton and Jerry Douglas (Dobro)
Carl Jackson (mandolin)
Stuart Duncan (fiddle)
Terry McMillan (Monday 12 October 1953 – Friday 2 February 2007) (harmonica)
John Catchings (cello)
Gary Tussing (cello arrangement)
Carl Jackson, Dwight Yoakam and Andrea Zonn (backing vocals)

While Bobbie Cryner’s self-titled debut album, ‘Bobbie Cryner’ (Epic Records, 1993), was well-received critically, it failed to chart on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart and, as a consequence, Bobbie Cryner was dropped from the roster at Epic Records.

In 1995, Bobbie Cryner appeared briefly in ‘Something To Talk About’, a film directed by Lars Sven ‘Lasse’ Hallström, from a screenplay written by Callie Khouri, and which starred Julia Roberts, Dennis Quaid, Robert Duvall and Gena Rowlands; the film was shot in Savannah, Georgia.

In 1996, Bobbie Cryner returned to the country music genre on a new record label, MCA Records, and saw the release, on Tuesday 2 January 1996, of her second album, ‘Girl of Your Dreams’ (MCA Records, 1996), which was produced by Barry Beckett and Tony Brown (head of MCA Records), and featured a more straight-ahead, contemporary country music feel.

Bobbie Cryner’s second album, ‘Girl of Your Dreams’ (MCA Records, 1996), included three tracks, which were released as singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart:



‘I Just Can’t Stand To Be Unhappy’ (written by Hugh Prestwood) / this track entered the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart on Saturday 14 October 1995 and peaked at No.63



‘You’d Think He’d Know Me Better’ (written by Bobbie Cryner) / this track entered the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart on Saturday 2 March 1996 and peaked at No.56



‘I Didn’t Know My Own Strength’ (written by Bobbie Cryner, Kent Blazy and Sonny LeMaire) / this track, which was autobiographical, was released as a single on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in the late summer of 1996, but the single failed to chart

Bobbie Cryner’s second album, ‘Girl of Your Dreams’ (MCA Records, 1996), also included the following tracks:



‘Son of A Preacher Man (written by John Hurley and Ronnie Wilkins)
/ the original version of this track was recorded by Dusty Springfield (Sunday 16 April 1939 – Tuesday 2 March 1999) in 1969, who included it on ‘Dusty In Memphis’ (Atlantic Records, 1969)

‘The Girl of Your Dreams’ (written by Bobbie Cryner)
‘Vision of Loneliness’ (written by Bobbie Cryner)

‘A Lesson In Leaving’ (written by Randy Goodrum and Brent Maher) / the original version of this track was recorded by Dottie West (Tuesday 11 October 1932 – Wednesday 4 September 1991), who included it on ‘Special Delivery’ (Liberty Records, 1979); Dottie West’s version of the track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in April / May 1980

‘Nobody Leaves’ (written by Bobbie Cryner and David Stephenson)
‘Oh, To Be The One’, which was written by Roger Murrah and Randy VanWarmer (Wednesday 30 March 1955 – Monday 12 January 2004)
‘Just Say So’ (written by Cathy Majeski and John Scott Sherrill)

Personnel involved in the recording of Bobbie Cryner’s second album, ‘Girl of Your Dreams’ (MCA Records, 1996), included the following:

Eddie Bayers (drums)
Terry McMillan (Monday 12 October 1953 – Friday 2 February 2007) (percussion)
Michael Rhodes (Wednesday 16 September 1953 – Saturday 4 March 2023) (bass)
Steve Nathan and Bobby Ogdin (keyboards)
Paul Franklin (steel guitar)
Don Potter and Brent Rowan (guitars)

As a consequence of the non-appearance of ‘I Didn’t Know My Own Strength’ (written by Bobbie Cryner) on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart in 1996, and poor album sales for ‘Girl of Your Dreams’ (MCA Records, 1996), Bobbie Cryner was dropped from the roster at MCA Records, in 1997.

Bobbie Cryner continued writing songs for other influential artists in the country music field, including the following:

Lorrie Morgan recorded Bobbie Cryner’s ‘You’d Think He’d Know Me Better’ and included the track on ‘Shakin’ Things Up’ (BNA Records, 1997); the track reached No.66 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 1997.

Suzy Bogguss recorded Bobbie Cryner’s ‘Nobody Love, Nobody Gets Hurt’ and included the track on ‘Nobody Love, Nobody Gets Hurt’ (Capitol Records, 1998); the track reached No.75 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 1998.

Trisha Yearwood recorded Bobbie Cryner’s ‘Real Live Woman’ and included the track on ‘Real Live Woman’ (MCA Records, 1999); the track reached No.16 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 1999.

Lee Ann Womack recorded Bobbie Cryner’s ‘Stronger Than I Am’ and included the track on ‘I Hope You Dance’ (MCA Nashville Records, 2000).

Amie Comeaux (Saturday 4 December 1976 – Sunday 21 December 1997) recorded Bobbie Cryner’s ‘You Could Steal Me’ (co-written with Jesse Hunter); the track was subsequently included on ‘Memories Left Behind’ (Beaujo Music Records, 2007).

Mandy Heinemann recorded Bobbie Cryner’s ‘Real Live Woman’ and included the track on ‘The Real Me’ (Right Side Up Records, 2013).

Bobbie Cryner regularly plays at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, a tavern / restaurant which features singer / songwriters.



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