Gene Watson Peer’s Quote from Shane Barmby: December 2006

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 2006, 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 Shane Barmby, which he submitted to this site on Monday 4 December 2006.

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

Shane Barmby
This quote was submitted on Monday 4 December 2006.

‘I have enjoyed Gene’s music forever.

I am a fan’

Thank you, Shane Barmby, for your support of Gene Watson.

About Shane Barmby…

Shane Barmby, who was born Shane James Barmby, on Monday 1 February 1954, was a California native and appeared in a number of American television programmes, including ‘The Rick Nelson Story’, ‘Dallas’, ‘Little House On The Prairie’, ‘Maverick’, ‘CHiPs’, ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ and ‘Hidalgo’.

Shane Barmby was also a successful country music recording artist, and saw the release of two highly acclaimed albums for Mercury Records.

In 1989, Shane Barmby saw the release of his debut album, ‘Let’s Talk About Us’ (Mercury Records, 1989), which was produced by Bud Logan, and included the following tracks:

‘Let’s Talk About Us’, which was written by Otis Blackwell (Monday 16 February 1931 – Monday 6 May 2002)
‘Love’s Back In Style’ (written by Shane Barmby)
‘All Riled Up’ (written by Lee Roy Parnell, Gary Nicholson, Peter Rowan and Dan Penn)
‘Look What Love Can Do’ (written by J. Neel and R. Grissom)
‘A Rainbow of Our Own’ (written by Buddy Cannon and Dean Dillon)
‘You’re The Reason’ (written by B. Edwards, M Imes, F. Henley and T. Fell)
‘Why Did You Leave Me? (Why Did You Take My Shoes)’, which was written by Wayland D. Holyfield and Harlan Howard (Thursday 8 September 1927 – Sunday 3 March 2002)
‘Ridin’ & Ropin’ (written by Shane Barmby)
‘I Wonder Who’s Missing You’ (written by Sonny Throckmorton and C. Dillingham)

‘That’s Just Bar Talk’, which was written by Harlan Howard (Thursday 8 September 1927 – Sunday 3 March 2002)
‘That Coming Back Look’, which was written by Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 – Thursday 15 July 2010) and J. Tweel

 Gene Watson: 'In Other Words' (Canada: Mercury Records / Polygram Records, 1992 / United States: Broadland International Records, 1992)

In September 1990, Shane Barmby saw the release of his second album, ‘Jukebox Symphony’ (Mercury Records, 1990), which included the following tracks:

‘One Night’ (written by Paul Kramer)
‘She Won’t Be Lonely For Long’ (written by Wayland D. Holyfield and Jim McBride)
‘When Was The Last Time’ (written by Buck Moore and Frank Myers)

‘One & One & One’ (written by Buddy Cannon and John Northrup) / this track was also recorded by Gene Watson, who included it on ‘In Other Words‘ (Canada: Mercury Records / Polygram Records, 1992 / United States: Broadland International Records, 1992); Gene Watson‘s version of this track reached No.66 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 1993

‘Hard Headed & Broken Hearted’ (written by Tony Haselden)

‘Remember The Ride’, which was written by Mike Harrell and Kim Williams (Saturday 28 June 1947 – Thursday 11 February 2016)
‘Jukebox Symphony’ (written by Shane Barmby)
‘Missing Her is Easier This Way’ (written by Thom Schuyler and Jon Vezner)
‘This Tear’s On Me’, which was written by Joe Diffie (Sunday 28 December 1958 – Sunday 29 March 2020) and Tommy Polk
‘A Cowboy Callin’, which was written by Ronny Scaife (1947 – Wednesday 3 November 2010) and Phil Thomas (1944 – Saturday 5 January 2019)

Personnel who were involved in the recording of Shane Barmby’s second album, ‘Jukebox Symphony’ (Mercury Records, 1990), included the following:

Shane Barmby (vocals)
Brent Rowan (electric guitar)
John D. Willis (electric and acoustic guitar)
Tony Haselden (acoustic guitar)
Tim Menzies (acoustic guitar)
Larry Paxton, Michael Rhodes (Wednesday 16 September 1953 – Saturday 4 March 2023) and David Hungate (bass)
Steve Nathan and Bobby Ogdin (keyboards)
Owen Hale, Tommy Wells and Paul Leim (drums)
Paul Franklin and Larry Sasser (pedal steel guitar)
Rob Hajacos (fiddle)
Dennis Wilson and Curtis Young (background vocals)

On Thursday 27 October 2022, Shane James Barmby passed away.

On Friday 11 November 2022, a ‘Celebration of Life’ for Shane Barmby, took place at 6:00pm, at 3939 Fruitridge Road in Sacramento, California.

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