Gene Watson 80th Birthday + 80 Tour Dates – The 2023 Celebration Tour: Friday 10 February 2023

Gene Watson

On Friday 10 February 2023, Gene Watson announced his 80th Birthday + 80 Tour Dates – the 2023 Celebration Tour.

Gene Watson's 80th Birthday (Wednesday 11 October 2023)

‘This calls for a celebration, as renowned vocalist and Grand Ole Opry member, Gene Watson, announces his upcoming tour – 80th Birthday + 80 Tour Dates – the 2023 Celebration Tour.

The Texas native kicked off his tour on Saturday 14 January 2023 in Huntsville, Texas and will be on the road all the way through Friday 15 December 2023 in Tomball, Texas, where the tour will conclude.

Along the way, he will be making stops in various states, such as South Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Missouri, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

You can see the full list of tour dates at

Gene Watson: 'Outside The Box' (Fourteen Carat Music, 2022)

The tour will showcase Gene Watson’s most recent album, ‘Outside The Box‘ (Fourteen Carat Music, 2022), which was released in September 2022.

The album was ranked number four by Country Music People magazine’s editor, Duncan Warwick, on the ‘Critics Choice List of 2022’, stating Gene Watson is, ‘As good as ever’.

Outside The Box‘ (Fourteen Carat Music, 2022) features 12 tracks of Gene  Watson’s signature vocals, with newly recorded songs, as well as re-imagined hits across multiple genres, from Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 – Wednesday 6 April 2016) to Etta James (Tuesday 25 January 1938 – Friday 20 January 2012).

‘I may not be going around the world in 80 days, but spending my 80th birthday with 80 tour dates and singing to fans across the country is just as exciting to me’, Gene Watson shared.

Gene Watson’s first single, ‘If It’s That Easy’, was released to radio in 1962 via Sun Valley Records.

Since then, the ‘singer’s singer’ has charted 75 titles, including 23 Top 10 hits, six No.1 country singles and five No.1 gospel records.

Gene Watson continues to perform to sold-out crowds, singing in the same key as he did more than five decades ago, and thrilling fans with his famous octave-jumping ending to ‘Farewell Party’, which was written by Lawton Williams (), night after night.

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