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 2019, 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 Shawn Fenner, which he submitted to this site on Tuesday 5 March 2019.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to Shawn Fenner who made a special contribution to this unique part of this online ‘celebration of a Lone Star Hero’.
This quote was submitted on Tuesday 5 March 2019.
‘I’m a fan of Gene Watson’s songs.
In 2018, I was invited on stage as a guest of James Carothers down at AJ’s to sing a song.
I started with a George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 – Friday 26 April 2013) tune, and his bass player asked if I knew any Gene Watson.
Sure, I’d heard the name, but I couldn’t name one off the top of my head…much less sing and do it justice.
I said ‘never again’ and, once I got home from the trip, I started looking up some Gene Watson songs…only to realize he made up a part of my childhood soundtrack’
Thank you, Shawn Fenner, for your support of Gene Watson.
Shawn Fenner was born Shawn Forrest Fenner in Chester, on Monday 18 December 1978.
Shawn Fenner is pure country music and has recorded original songs in Nashville and impressed with his Johnny Cash (Friday 26 February 1932 – Friday 12 September 2003) like baritone.
Shawn Fenner has competed in various singing contests advancing to become a finalist in all but one since he began his musical journey.
On Saturday 21 March 2015, Shawn Fenner won the Richmond’s Voice competition, which was sponsored through WKHK-K95 and other local radio stations. This win secured Shawn Fenner a grand prize, which included performances at Innsbrook After Hours, where he opened for several big acts, including Hank Williams Jr., ZZ Top, Aaron Lewis and Willie Nelson.
In 2016, Shawn Fenner saw the release of ‘Homemade Hits’ (Shawn Fenner Self Release, 2016), which included the following tracks:
‘More Than Gold’
‘Binge Drinkin’ Blues’
‘Honky Tonk In Heaven’
‘Love Or Heartbreak’
‘I’m Tore Up’
‘Nashville, TN Bound’
‘Cure The Blues’
On Wednesday 3 May 2017, Shawn Fenner saw the release of ‘Shawn Fenner’ (Shawn Fenner Self Release, 2017), which included the following tracks:
‘From Raisin’ Hell (To Raisin’ Kids)’
‘Looks Like Jesus (Acts Like The Devil)’
‘Her Only Flaw’
‘Hotter Than A Habanero’
‘One Drink At A Time’
‘There’s A God’
‘When I Been Drinkin’
On Monday 29 January 2019, Shawn Fenner saw the release of ‘Bad Decisions’ (Shawn Fenner Self Release, 2019), which included the following tracks:
‘Above The Clouds’
‘Tales From The Barside’
‘Misery & Gin’, which was written by John Durrill and Snuff Garrett (Tuesday 5 July 1938 – Wednesday 16 December 2015) / the original version of this track was recorded by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 – Wednesday 6 April 2016), who included it on ‘Back To The Barrooms’ (MCA Records, 1980); Merle Haggard‘s version reached No.3 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1980, and was also included on the soundtrack of the Warner Brothers film, ‘Bronco Billy’ in 1980, in which Merle Haggard had a cameo role, appearing as himself
‘Sad, Lonesome, Brokenhearted’
‘Light It & Run’
‘Too Late For Coffee’
‘House Always Wins’
‘Ring of Fire’, which was written by June Carter Cash (Sunday 23 June 1929 – Thursday 15 May 2003) and Merle Kilgore (Thursday 9 August 1934 – Sunday 6 February 2005) / the original version of this track was recorded by Johnny Cash (Friday 26 February 1932 – Friday 12 September 2003), who included it on ‘Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash’ (Columbia Records, 1963); Johnny Cash’s version of this track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for seven weeks in 1963, and also reached No.17 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music singles chart in 1963