Gene Watson’s ‘Gene Watson: Then & Now’ (Koch Records Nashville, 2005)

Gene Watson: 'Gene Watson: Then & Now' (Koch Records Nashville, 2005)

‘Gene Watson: Then & Now’
Koch Records Nashville KOC-CD 9867 (2005)

Gene Watson’s ‘Gene Watson: Then & Now’ (Koch Records Nashville, 2005) was released by Koch Records Nashville on Tuesday 21 June 2005.

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About Gene Watson’s ‘Gene Watson: Then & Now’…

Album Sleeve Note from Gene Watson
‘Special thanks to my manager, Allen Whitcomb, for working so hard to sign me with a great label for this album and hopefully more.  Thanks to Nick Hunter at Koch Records for thinking enough of my ideas to take a chance & sign me to a great contract.

Thanks to my fan club and all my fans that have always believed in me.  Thanks to John Nicholson and Hilltop Studio.  Thanks to Kevin McManus for working behind the controls, mixing and getting all of the tracks together – you’ve done a great job, Kevin!

Thanks to John Wesley Ryles for such great harmony singing.

Thanks to some of the best players I have ever recorded with – Bobby All (passed away on Thursday 19 March 2009) (guitar), David Smith (bass), Jerry Kroon (drums), Jimmy Capps (Thursday 25 May 1939 – Monday 1 June 2020) (rhythm guitar), Hargus ‘Pig’ Robbins (Tuesday 18 January 1938 – Sunday 30 January 2022) (piano),
Gregg Galbraith (lead guitar), Sonny Garrish (steel guitar), Hank Singer (fiddle), Hoot Hester (Monday 13 August 1931 – Tuesday 30 August 2016) (fiddle).

Thanks to Chuck Rhodes at Koch Records for all the help and support.

Special thanks to all who helped with this CD, including all the writers and publishers and, most of all, God!  Thanks for the voice’.

Gene Watson
April 2005

Gene Watson’s ‘Gene Watson: Then & Now’ (Koch Records Nashville, 2005) was produced by Gene Watson.

Overview
Gene Watson’s ‘Gene Watson: Then & Now’ (Koch Records Nashville, 2005) was the first Gene Watson collection to be released on Koch Records Nashville, a record label which was based in Nashville and New York.  However, Koch Records Nashville effectively closed its doors in Nashville on Tuesday 18 October 2005.

Gene Watson’s ‘Gene Watson: Then & Now’ (Koch Records Nashville, 2005) had been planned to be the first in a retrospective series of concept albums featuring tracks from the very early days of Gene Watson’s country music career that would see the light of day on the Koch label.

However, with the demise of the label, these plans were curtailed.

Gene Watson’s ‘Gene Watson: Then & Now’ (Koch Records Nashville, 2005) includes thirteen tracks, all of which have appeared on various Gene Watson albums down through the years (as outlined below).

However, these tracks have been newly re-recorded using today’s technology and have been digitally mastered, affording long-time fans (and new fans, too) to enjoy them.



On Tuesday 21 June 2006, ‘I Catch Myself’, which was written by Bruce Burch (Friday 30 January 1953 – Saturday 12 March 2022), a CD single from Gene Watson’s ‘Gene Watson: Then & Now’ (Koch Records Nashville, 2005) was released to radio, in order to fully support the album.

The original version of ‘I Catch Myself’, which was written by Bruce Burch (Friday 30 January 1953 – Saturday 12 March 2022), was included on Gene Watson’s ‘At Last‘ (Warner Bros. Records, 1991)’.

‘Gene Watson: Then & Now’
Koch Records Nashville KOC-CD 9867 (2005)

1 ‘If I’m A Fool For Leaving’
Writers: Skip Graves and Little Jimmy Dickens (Sunday 19 December 1920 – Friday 2 January 2015)
Publishers: Universal Cedarwood Publishing (BMI)



The original version of ‘If I’m A Fool For Leaving’, which was written by Skip Graves and Little Jimmy Dickens (Sunday 19 December 1920 – Friday 2 January 2015), was included on Gene Watson’s ‘Gene Watson‘ (Wide World Records, 1969 / Stoneway Records, 1973).



‘If I’m A Fool For Leaving’, which was written by Skip Graves and Little Jimmy Dickens (Sunday 19 December 1920 – Friday 2 January 2015), was also included on Gene Watson’s ‘Because You Believed in Me‘ (Capitol Records, 1976).

2
‘Only Yesterday’
Writer: Bob Regan
Publishers: BMG Songs, Inc. (ASCAP)



The original version of ‘Only Yesterday’ (written by Bob Regan) was included on Gene Watson’s ‘At Last‘ (Warner Bros. Records, 1991).

3
‘If I Were You, I’d Fall In Love With Me’
Writers: Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 – Saturday 17 April 2004) and Warren D. Robb
Publishers: Millstone Music Co. (ASCAP) / Almarie Music (BMI)



The original version of ‘If I Were You, I’d Fall In Love With Me’, which was written by Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 – Saturday 17 April 2004) and Warren D. Robb, was included on Gene Watson’s ‘Sometimes I Get Lucky‘ (MCA Records, 1983).

4
‘Baby Me Baby’
Writer: Harlan Howard (Thursday 8 September 1927 – Sunday 3 March 2002)
Publishers: Sony / ATV Publishing (BMI)



The original version of ‘Baby Me Baby’, which was written by Harlan Howard (Thursday 8 September 1927 – Sunday 3 March 2002), was included on Gene Watson’s ‘This Dream’s on Me‘ (MCA Records, 1982).

5
‘Back In The Fire’
Writers: Rory Bourke and Mike Reid
Publishers: BMG Songs (ASCAP), Songs De Burgo (ASCAP) Universal Polygram International Publishing (ASCAP)



The original version of ‘Back In The Fire’ (written by Rory Bourke and Mike Reid) was included on Gene Watson’s ‘Back in the Fire‘ (Warner Bros. Records, 1989).



Gene Watson re-recorded ‘Back In The Fire’ (written by Rory Bourke and Mike Reid) and included the track on ‘Best of the Best: 25 Greatest Hits‘ (Fourteen Carat Music, 2012).

6
‘You Could Know As Much About A Stranger’
Writer: Nadine Bryant
Publishers: BB and C Music Publishing Company (ASCAP) / Bob Moore Music, admin by Bug Music (ASCAP)



The original version of ‘You Could Know As Much About A Stranger’ (written by Nadine Bryant) was included on Gene Watson’s ‘Love in the Hot Afternoon‘ (Capitol Records, 1975).

Jeannie Bryant: 'Love In The Hot Afternoon', which was written by Kent Westberry and Vincent Wesley Matthews (1940 - Saturday 22 November 2003) (Nashville Cats Productions Records, 1975)

In 1975, Jeannie Bryant (sister of Nadine Bryant) recorded ‘You Could Know As Much About A Stranger’ (written by Nadine Bryant), and saw the track released, in July 1975, as a non-album single, on Nashville Cats Productions Records, in 1975, but the single did not chart.

Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty: 'Dynamic Duo' (MCA Records, 1977)

Loretta Lynn (Thursday 14 April 1932 – Tuesday 4 October 2022) & Conway Twitty (Friday 1 September 1933 – Saturday 5 June 1993) recorded ‘You Could Know As Much About A Stranger’ (written by Nadine Bryant) and included the track on ‘Dynamic Duo’ (MCA Records, 1977).

Jeannie Bryant: 'What Our Feelings Have To Say' (Column One Records, 1977)

Jeannie Bryant (sister of Nadine Bryant) recorded ‘You Could Know As Much About A Stranger’ (written by Nadine Bryant) and included the track on ‘What Our Feelings Have To Say’ (Column One Records, 1977).

Billie Jo Spears (Friday 14 January 1938 – Wednesday 14 December 2011) recorded ‘You Could Know As Much About A Stranger’ (written by Nadine Bryant) and included the track on ‘Standing Tall’ (United Artists Records, 1980).



Gene Watson re-recorded ‘You Could Know As Much About A Stranger’ (written by Nadine Bryant) and included the track on ‘Gene Watson: Then & Now‘ (Koch Records Nashville, 2005).



Gene Watson and Rhonda Vincent recorded ‘You Could Know As Much About A Stranger’ (written by Nadine Bryant) and included the track on ‘Your Money & My Good Looks‘ (Upper Management Music, 2011).



Gene Watson re-recorded ‘You Could Know As Much About A Stranger’ (written by Nadine Bryant) and included the track on ‘Best of the Best: 25 Greatest Hits‘ (Fourteen Carat Music, 2012).

7
‘I Didn’t Think of You At All’
Writer: Roger Brown
Publishers: Universal MCA Music Publishing (ASCAP)



The original version of ‘I Didn’t Think of You At All’ (written by Roger Brown) was included on Gene Watson’s ‘Honky Tonk Crazy‘ (Epic Records, 1987).

8
‘Sometimes I Get Lucky & Forget’
Writers: Ernie Rowell and Bobby Lee House (Friday 11 February 1949 – Thursday 25 November 2004)
Publishers: Blue Creek Music (BMI), Booth & Watson Music (BMI, On The House Music (BMI), Universal Songs of Polygram International (BMI)



The original version of ‘Sometimes I Get Lucky & Forget’, which was written by Ernie Rowell and Bobby Lee House (Friday 11 February 1949 – Thursday 25 November 2004), was included on Gene Watson’s ‘Sometimes I Get Lucky‘ (MCA Records, 1983).



Gene Watson re-recorded ‘Sometimes I Get Lucky & Forget’, which was written by Ernie Rowell and Bobby Lee House (Friday 11 February 1949 – Thursday 25 November 2004), and included the track on ‘Best of the Best: 25 Greatest Hits‘ (Fourteen Carat Music, 2012).

9
‘Everybody Needs A Hero’
Writers: Max D. Barnes (Friday 24 July 1936 – Sunday 11 January 2004) and Troy Seals
Publishers: Two-Sons Music (ASCAP), W.B. Music Corp (ASCAP), Sony / ATV Tree Publishing (BMI)



The original version of ‘Everybody Needs A Hero’, which was written by Max D. Barnes (Friday 24 July 1936 – Sunday 11 January 2004) and Troy Seals, was included on Gene Watson’s ‘Honky Tonk Crazy‘ (Epic Records, 1987).

10
‘I Wonder How It Is In Colorado’
Writer: Joe Allen
Publishers: Sony / ATV Tree Publishing (BMI)



The original version of ‘I Wonder How It Is In Colorado’ (written by Joe Allen) was included on Gene Watson’s ‘Reflections‘ (Capitol Records, 1978).

11
‘The Jukebox Played Along’
Writers: Ken Bell and Charles William Quillen (Monday 21 March 1938 – Friday 19 August 2022)
Publishers: BMG Songs, Inc. (ASCAP), Next of Ken Music (BMI)



The original version of ‘The Jukebox Played Along’, which was written by Ken Bell and Charles William Quillen (Monday 21 March 1938 – Friday 19 August 2022), was included on Gene Watson’s ‘Back in the Fire‘ (Warner Bros. Records, 1989).

12
‘You Put Out An Old Flame Last Night’
Writers: Dave Lindsey and Ernie Rowell
Publishers: Blue Creek Music (BMI), Booth & Watson Music (BMI), Cross Timbers Music (BMI), Universal Songs of Polygram International (BMI)



The original version of ‘You Put Out An Old Flame Last Night’ (written by Dave Lindsey and Ernie Rowell) was included on Gene Watson’s ‘Sometimes I Get Lucky‘ (MCA Records, 1983).

Myra Rolen recorded ‘You Put Out An Old Flame Last Night’ (written by Dave Lindsey and Ernie Rowell) and included the track on ‘Hold That Thought’ (Pretty World Records, 2014).

13
‘I Catch Myself’
Writer: Bruce Burch (Friday 30 January 1953 – Saturday 12 March 2022)
Publishers: Ensign Music Corporation (BMI)



The original version of ‘I Catch Myself’, which was written by Bruce Burch (Friday 30 January 1953 – Saturday 12 March 2022), was included on Gene Watson’s ‘At Last‘ (Warner Bros. Records, 1991).



On Tuesday 3 December 2002, England’s Hux Records released Gene Watson’s ‘Love in the Hot Afternoon‘ (Capitol Records, 1975), along with Gene Watson’s ‘Paper Rosie‘ (Capitol Records, 1977), as a special 2-for-1 CD set.



On Monday 26 September 2005, England’s Hux Records released Gene Watson’s ‘Because You Believed in Me‘ (Capitol Records, 1976), along with Gene Watson’s ‘Beautiful Country‘ (Capitol Records, 1977), as a special 2-for-1 CD set.



On Monday 27 January 2009, England’s Hux Records released Gene Watson’s ‘Reflections‘ (Capitol Records, 1978), along with Gene Watson’s ‘Should I Come Home‘ (Capitol Records, 1979), as a special 2-for-1 CD set.

‱ Read a Country Music People review of Gene Watson’s ‘Gene Watson: Then & Now‘ (Koch Records Nashville, 2005)

The review, which was written by Al Moir, was published in the October 2005 issue of the United Kingdom monthly publication Country Music People.

‘Gene Watson: Then & Now’
Koch Records Nashville KOC-CD 9867 (2005)

Musician Credits
Acoustic Guitar: Bobby All (passed away on Thursday 19 March 2009) and Jimmy Capps (Thursday 25 May 1939 – Monday 1 June 2020)
Drums: Jerry Kroon
Lead Guitar: Gregg Galbraith
Steel Guitar: Sonny Garrish
Piano: Hargus ‘Pig’ Robbins (Tuesday 18 January 1938 – Sunday 30 January 2022)
Fiddle: Hank Singer and Hoot Hester (Monday 13 August 1931 – Tuesday 30 August 2016)
Bass Guitar: David Smith
Harmony Vocals: John Wesley Ryles