Gene Watson Peer’s Quote from Eddie Heinzelman: March 2022

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 2022, 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 Eddie Heinzelman, which he submitted to this site on Friday 25 March 2022.

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

Eddie Heinzelman

Eddie Heinzelman
This quote was submitted on Friday 25 March 2022.

‘Gene is one of my favourite singers and has been since I began playing country music.

Gene Watson performs 'Love In The Hot Afternoon' with Eddie Heinzelman on guitar

A real joy and blessing of my career is getting to perform with some of my heroes, and Gene is one that I most cherish.

He is as genuine and talented as they come’

Thank you, Eddie Heinzelman, for your support of Gene Watson.

About Eddie Heinzelman…

Eddie Heinzelman

Eddie Heinzelman is an in-demand and well respected session musician / sideman who, at the time of the acquisition of this Gene Watson ‘Peer’s Quote’ in March 2022, was playing guitar and mandolin, and providing background vocals with hit songwriter and country music artist, Radney Foster, along with some of the biggest names in country music and Americana music.

Eddie Heinzelman is a native of Brookville, IN and started playing at the age of eight, studying Classical guitar and then Jazz guitar.

Eddie Heinzelman began performing professionally at the age of thirteen, quickly establishing a reputation as a premier and versatile guitarist around the Cincinnati, Ohio area, working with regional and national acts in various genres from country music to rock music to jazz and classical music.

After graduating from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music’s Jazz & Studio Music program, Eddie Heinzelman formed the country band, Durango, with his brother, and saw the release of an extended play (EP) disc, ‘Closer To Home’, which was featured in the Country Music Television (CMT) ‘Dance Link’ video series.

Soon thereafter, Eddie Heinzelman moved to Nashville, in order to focus on writing songs and began playing guitar live and on sessions for other singers and songwriters.

Eddie Heinzelman’s extensive resume includes performing with a variety of artists, including jazz legends, Joe Henderson and Norris Turney, opera star Barbara Daniels, pop star Tiffany, Broadway star Michelle Pawk, and Contemporary Christian artist, Jason Crabb, as well as a literal ‘Who’s Who’ of country, Bluegrass and Americana artists, including Radney Foster, Darius Rucker, Kelly Willis, Ricky Skaggs, Jack Ingram, Chase Bryant, Larry Gatlin, Billy Yates, Mary Gauthier, Darden Smith, Bill Lloyd, Julie Roberts, Vince Gill, Deana Carter, Darryl Worley, Gene Watson, Jeannie Seely, Collin Raye, T. Graham Brown, Jimmy Fortune, Mo Pitney, John Berry, Ty Herndon, Bill Anderson, Jim Ed Brown (Sunday 1 April 1934 – Thursday 11 June 2015), Buddy Jewell, Marty Raybon, Mandy Barnett, Rhonda Vincent, Dailey & Vincent, George Ducas, Danielle Peck, Sunny Sweeney, Trent Tomlinson, Teea Goans, Adam Gregory, Leona Williams, Jimmy Payne, Andy Griggs, Tammy Cochran, George Hamilton IV (Monday 19 July 1937 – Wednesday 17 September 2014), Jeff Bates, Sherrie Austin, Ray Scott, Brice Long, Lance Miller, John Rich, Jeffrey Steele, Kevin Denney, Amber Hayes, and Noel Haggard.

Some of Eddie Heinzelman’s biggest guitar influences include Jimmy Page, Robin Trower, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Dickey Betts, Clarence White, Albert Lee, George Benson, and Jim Hall.

Eddie Heinzelman: 'Hey, Songwriter' (Eddie Heinzelman Independent Release, 2017)

On Friday 17 February 2017, Eddie Heinzelman saw the release of his debut album, ‘Hey, Songwriter’ (Eddie Heinzelman Independent Release, 2017), which was produced by Eddie Heinzelman and Casey Wood, and included the following tracks:

‘I Don’t Mind The Rain’
‘She’s Water’
‘Your Touch’
‘My Last Breath’
‘The Thirst’
‘Worth Waiting For’
‘For Crying Out Loud’
‘Off The Hooke’

‘Ol’ Guy Clark’
‘Movin’ On’
‘Picture of The Man’
‘Hey, Songwriter’

Eddie Heinzelman: 'Wherever You Go' (One Louder Records, 2018)

On Friday 9 November 2018, Eddie Heinzelman saw the release of his second solo album, ‘Wherever You Go’ (One Louder Records, 2018), which offered up an infectious mix of Americana, country, roots rock, and classic jams, included the following tracks:

‘Dammit Mary (Ode To Mary Gauthier)’
‘The Road’
‘Steal Away’
‘The Heart Knows What It Needs’
‘Lonely Outweighs Regret’
‘Miss TLC’
‘Wherever You Go’
/ this is a radio edit, which is listed as a ‘bonus track’
‘The Road’ / this is an alternate mix, and is listed as a ‘bonus track’

On Saturday 2 November 2019, Eddie Heinzelman was inducted into The South Eastern Indiana Musicians Hall of Fame.

On Saturday 2 November 2019, Eddie Heinzelman was inducted into The South Eastern Indiana Musicians Hall of Fame

Eddie Heinzelman

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